Sunday, July 31, 2016

Huegel Makerspace Presentation

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This word cloud represents the responses I got from educators and librarians about what a makerspace is or can be.
I also prepared a presentation about how to develop a makerspace in a school library recently. It gives an overview of how to plan and schedule a makerspace, what a makerspace is, and some really good resources.

Demco Portfolio features Huegel LMC

Demco Interiors worked with us on the LMC remodel in 2015 and chose to highlight it on their website and in their upcoming fall catalog. Here's the link...

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Beautiful Car

Oh yes! A first grader drew a car using the iPad app Cubify Draw., then made it 3D and printed it with the MakerBot. It's what I have been waiting for... not a modified template of an object, not built piece by piece, but an object imagined by a student and brought to the real world with digital technology. And it is just a beginning!

Snuffle Mats

We finished the snuffle mats, our donation project for the Dane County Humane Society. Here's Mrs. Henderson's class with the finished mats. They'll be delivered to DCHS on Thursday. Great work, Huegel Eagles!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

New Makerspots

Snuffle mat

Tried out a couple of new makerspots in the makerspace this week. I think I'm getting a little better at selection and display.
  • Strawbees -  These heavy duty straws and connectors come with great instructions. Every grade level successfully built structures.
  • Snuffle mats - The Humane Society will be getting these when we're done. Made with fleece fabric strips, rubber mats with holes, and lots of busy hands to tie knots, all grade levels have really enjoyed pitching in.
  • Collaborative sculpture Chihuly-style - Recycled water bottles, a chicken wire framework, and permanent markers are coming together as a faux blown glass chandelier. Again, all grade levels are having fun with it. We could have used watered down acrylics, but I decided on the markers because we have still-new carpeting. 

Thursday, April 7, 2016


And here it is... 33 minutes and 52 seconds later! It works!

First Print

So far, so good. 10 minutes into a 35 minute print and the Makerbot is working perfectly! You can't really see it in this capture made with the on-board camera, but it has laid down the base of my new LMC sign and is building the letters one layer at a time. It is making very cool robot-y noises.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

MakerBot has landed!

The first MakerBot 3D printer arrived damaged in shipping. MakerBot quickly sent a replacement. March 16th was the first time the Replicator Mini heated and extruded filament. Exciting. Can't wait to print our first design. The red glow means the extruder is heated up and ready to print.

Block Architects

simple blocks + children = 

Friday, February 26, 2016


American Girl Company, Middleton, generously donated an amazing collection of beautiful furniture for our LMC, including the makerspace. Hokki wobble stools are a real hit with kids and teachers. DEMCO Cloverleaf tables with custom tops, Jupiter stools for our reading cave, and Encore soft seating make our LMC (Library Makerspace Classroom) very inviting and a true joy to manage. Thank you!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Osmo Masterpiece by Kendall

During Library Club today, Kendall used our Osmo iPad kits to create this Masterpiece. As the "makers" informed me, "It just takes concentration."

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

New Furniture

Thanks to a generous grant from American Girl, we have been able to purchase new tables for the makerspace -- three 60" square tables with storage and Hokki wobble stools. The tables are set up and in use already (thank to Mr. Marquis for putting them together). The stools will arrive any moment. A new space for children to learn, grow, create and build. EXCITING!