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Makerspace 2017-18 Schedule


Makerspace was brought to the Schalmont Middle School in 2015 and every year gains increased participation. In the 2016-2017 school year, more than 200 students participated in at least one activity.

 The Middle School Library is being used as collaborative workspace that allows students the opportunity during their free periods to work on independent STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Math) projects throughout the school day.

Students are encouraged to take apart various electronics and small common objects to explore how things are connected, create 3D printed projects and discover their own interest at their own pace. This is completely student-centered and driven.

All Schalmont Makers must adhere to the program rules, which were developed by the student planning committee to maintain their Makerspace privileges.

Maker Mondays -- Take place after school (2:15 to 3:00 p.m.) on designated Mondays throughout the school year in the Middle School Library. Volunteers from throughout the community are invited to lead 5th-8th grade students in dialogue and activities surrounding STEAM activities that are part of their lives.

Maker Mondays are intended to expose students to real life problem-solvers, innovative thinkers, collaborators and those who use science, math and technology to positively impact the world around them.

Maker Monday 2017-18 Schedule

Oct. 16 – Electric cars w. Mike Kamm and Paul Dietershagen of Capital District EV Drivers
Oct. 23 - Life-Long "Maker" Steve Nordhauser, Electrical Engineer and Leader of the League of Extraordinary Prototypers
Oct. 30 - "Thinking Outside the Box, Using Materials Found in Nature in Different Ways," presented by Children’s Museum of Science & Technology
Nov. 13 – Buoyancy Activity
Dec. 11 – Environmentally conscious agriculture with Ann Kelly-Metzger of Laughing Earth Farm
Dec. 18 - 3D Glasses Activity
Jan. 8 - Crochet with Janet Jaster, Domestic Engineer
Jan. 22 - Robots, Ozobots, and Cubelets Activity
Feb. 12 - "Brain, The Boss" Brain Facts & How Synaptic Plasticity can Help the Learning Process. Presented by Ela Dharmalingam, Neuroscientist
Feb. 26 - Magnets "Opposites Attract" Activity
Mar. 12 - Awesome 3D Printed Designing with Maker Austin "Toast" Halasz
Mar. 19 - Building & Engineering a "Leprechaun Trap"
Mar. 26 - Survival/Preparedness & Carabiner Activity with Nicole Unser
Apr. 23 – Aerodynamics Kite Activity
Apr. 30 - Sea Perch: Underwater Robotics, presented by Schoharie Mohawk Initiative for Science & Technology
May 14 - Apps and The Internet of Things with Mike Kruk, Computer Engineer, Entrepreneur & CEO Crow's Nest Labs Inc.
May 21 - Food Science with Joan Dembinski, Scientist & Pastry Chef

 Dates are still available!

Topics students have expressed interest include:
Acoustics, Aerodynamics, Circuits, Coding and Apps, Energy Efficiency, Food Science, Hydropower, Motion & Light, Repurposing and Recycling, Robotics, Solar Power, Virtual Reality, Wind Energy

Jefferson Mini Makers - Take place after school (2:30 to 3:00 p.m.) on designated Tuesdays throughout the school year in the Jefferson Library. High school, middle school and community volunteers lead 4th grade students in dialogue and activities surrounding STEAM activities.

Oct. 24 - Take Apart Electronics
Nov. 14 – Buoyancy Activity
Dec. 19 - 3D Glasses Activity
Jan. 23 - Robots, Ozobots, and Cubelets Activity
Feb. 27 - Magnets "Opposites Attract" Activity
Mar. 20 - Building & Engineering a "Leprechaun Trap"
Apr. 23 – Aerodynamics Kite Activity

Maker Mentors - Middle School partners with the High School Science Honor Society giving members opportunities to volunteer with various Maker activities. Maker Mentors from the HS Science Honor Society assist Middle School and Jefferson students with workshops and projects.

Genius Bar - NEW for 2017-2018, this initiative will allow volunteers who work in/enjoy STEAM areas to be “on-call� during the school day to facilitate conversation with students and help them expand their interests.

Student Planning Committee - With the assistance of their advisor, middle school students steer the direction the Makerspace goes. This school year, more responsibility is being placed on the students to develop their programming and organize their facility space.

Planning Committee Meeting Schedule

October 2, 2017
November 6, 2017
December 4, 2017
January 8, 2018
February 5, 2018
March 5, 2018
April 9, 2018
May 7, 2018
June 4, 2018


Schalmont Pride Roller Skating Fundraiser
Monday, February 12, 2018
6:00 — 8:00 p.m.
2710 Hamburg Street,
Admission: $5.00
Skate rental: $3.50
*Funds raised will support Friends of the Library & Makerspace Initiatives

Makerspace is a non-funded program, run and sustained on fundraising, donations and grants. The program is proud to have the support of The Friends of Schalmont Libraries.

Donations of the following supplies are always appreciated. Donations may be brought to the Middle School Main Office.

Adhesive contact paper
Duct tape
Hand drills
Legos (especially Lego bases)
Mini glue gun and refills
Paper towel and TP rolls
Pipe cleaners
Plastic wheels
Popsicle sticks
Sewing needles
Small electronics (remote controls, computer mouse, keyboards, calculators)
Small vacuum/Dust Buster
Solar batteries
Wire strippers
Wood dowels
Ziploc baggies

Contributions to Makerspace can be made throughout the year!

Make checks payable to:
The Friends of Schalmont Libraries
Memo: Makerspace

Send to:
The Friends of Schalmont Libraries C/O Kate Kruk
80 Putnam Road, Rotterdam, NY 12306

Questions? Please contact:
Schalmont Middle School Makerspace
Linda Fasano — Advisor
2 Sabre Drive
Schenectady, NY 12360
Phone: 518-355-6255 ext. 2074