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Makerspaces in Action: Cardboard Challenge

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When I heard about the Global Cardboard Challenge, I absolutely had to get my school involved!  I felt that this activity would be a wonderful way to get my feet wet with my classes in the makerspace ocean.  The idea is simple but the possibilities are endless–students take recyclable materials (mainly cardboard) and build something from their imagination.  It was a low-cost event that was easy to plan and execute.

I decided to make this a pre-holiday-break event, and about a month before, I began to reach out to the entire school community with a simple flyer and urged students and staff alike to donate cardboard, plastic bottles, egg cartons, tape, glue, etc.  The materials came streaming in and it was amazing to see just how much accumulated in the library media center in the weeks before the Cardboard Challenge.  Everyone from my third graders all the way up to my sixth graders are enjoying sketching out their designs and slowly bringing their creations to life.  As one fifth grade student put it:  “The library class is so much fun!  I have never done anything like this before!”  It is amazing seeing my students tap into their imagination and take ownership of the lesson and their learning.  Watching them testing out different techniques and discussing plans while building is absolutely wonderful.

I have never taken on such a massive makerspace activity, but this will certainly not be the last time!  I urge all of my fellow educators to try this and other makerspace events out.  Let your students take the reins in their own education; you will not be disappointed.

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Love for Art, History, and NYC Combined

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Anyone who knows even a modicum of New York City history knows that the great city has gone through a lot in its day.  Everything from fires and arrests, to deaths and gangsters, is all in this wonderful city’s past.  

And now, people can place the past right next to the present in a beautiful photography series done by Marc A. Hermann.  It is a eye-opening juxtaposition of the chaotic occurrences throughout history placed next to the present-day, peaceful scenes.  The way Hermann blends these two images into one is extraordinary and it really brings another viewpoint through which the public can understand history.  

It’s definitely worth a look-through because, if not anything else, it is a mesmerizing angle into the city.

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