What fun we have been having in the library! On Wednesdays or Thursdays after school, up to 20 fourth graders can be found hard at play - tinkering with Paper Circuits, Squishy Circuits, Marble Runs or Makey Makey kits. These STEM oriented Makerspace projects have been made possible by a grant from the Region 10 Make A Mark Enrichment Foundation. At the time of this writing, we are in the middle of our second seven week session. A third session will run in the spring.
Building circuits is fun and easy when you have copper tape, small LED bulbs, and coin batteries. The first challenge was to build a simple circuit to light a bulb. Then, create a collage for the top which hides the circuit but lets the light show. There were a few struggles. Torn tape will not let those little electrons run around the circuit. Electricity runs in one direction, so if the poles on the LEDs or the battery are reversed, the light will not light up. Trial and error are part of every STEM activity in the library. Ultimately, everyone was successful. I was impressed with our fourth graders' creativity. Their smiles were brighter than the bulbs when they showed off their work!