December 4, 2016

Hey, I Built a LEGO Wall! Here’s How.

An elementary school librarian quickly assembled an inexpensive LEGO wall with donated LEGO bricks, crowdsourced advice, and good humor.

String Theory: Projects Merging Math, Art, and Making

Recipes for large and small-scale geometric string art projects from Todd Burleson, SLJ’s 2016 School Librarian of the Year.

Yes, He Can! Todd Burleson, SLJ’s 2016 School Librarian of the Year

“Please keep robots out of the sawdust” is the kind of phrase heard around the library at Hubbard Woods School in Winnetka, IL, where Todd Burleson can be found leading engineering challenges, inspiring student reporters, and constantly inventing.

An Open Letter to BOEs Everywhere

School libraries are popping up that are fully, even lavishly, equipped, save for one thing: a certified school librarian. Here, one New Jersey librarian explains why that can never work. Ever.

SLJ Reviews the littleBits STEAM Student Set

Want to see your students get excited about science, technology, and art? Tell them you have the design to build a throwing arm. Our review of the littleBits STEAM kit.

Mobile Maker Spaces

Librarians in a Knoxville, TN school district got a grant to build four maker space carts that rotate among schools. Find out what they bought and why.

Steampunk, SLIME, and Game Design: Lead the Change Fast-Learning Sessions

Three rapid-fire presentations on steampunk making, organizing a regional maker expo, and digital game design wrapped up our Lead the Change Maker Workshop.

New Dremel 3-D Printer Announced

Intended to expand classroom opportunities for 3-D printing, the Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 features new software plus WiFi- and USB-enabled capabilities.

Making, With a Rube Goldberg Twist

Building contraptions inspired by the inventor and cartoonist teaches students about physics, problem-solving, and cause and effect.

“Hatch” Library Maker Space in a Mall Draws DIYers, Students, and Entrepreneurs

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No library card is required to use the tools at the Hatch maker space, located near Dunkin’ Donuts in a mall in Watertown, MA, and launched by the Watertown Free Public Library with diverse community funding.