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Mendon Elementary

Matt’s Makerspace at Mendon Elementary emphasizes hands-on learning and innovation with physical and digital resources. The team at Mendon believes hands-on learning is ideal for information retention, and uses the space to encourage group collaboration and individual creativity. They hope to build students technological fluency and skill with scientific inquiry skills through the maker space.

Teachers created and shared projects for the MakerSpace, and the technology coordinator also assisted teachers in integrating MakerSpace tools into their classroom lessons. The school also partnered with WIU 7’s lending library to get other materials for the space. Projects include 3D printed keychains, which were sold for fundraisers, mazes, Rube Goldberg machines, set design for school plays, looming, and participation in the Design to Make a Difference contest.

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