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This school library is now a Makerspace

Recently, Bits & Pieces ran an article about how the Xinchejian crew constructed a “Pop Up” DIY space in a shipping container as part of Make+, a non-profit art and technology program headquartered in Shanghai, China.

We also took a closer look at the city of Baltimore which is filling up with DIY spaces for Makers, hackers and modders to share ideas, tools and projects. Besides the Hackerspace (founded in 2009), there is The Node in the Station North Arts District, Fab Lab, Unallocated Space and the Baltimore Foundery.

As we’ve previously discussed, the wildly popular Maker Movement isn’t limited to adults, with DIY culture appealing to people of all ages, all over the world. Unsurprisingly, the Grand Center Arts Academy (GCAA) has decided to join in on the DIY fun by creating a Makerspace in part of the school library. MakeZine describes the GCAA Makerspace as a drop-in space for students to maximize their creative genius.

Indeed, students have access to the space before school, during study hall, at lunch and after classes. The library Makerspace is already stocked with a variety of electronics and workshop tools, including Arduino boards and the MakerBot Replicator 2, both of which are powered by Atmel MCUs.

“[The] Makerspace provides GCAA students with unique opportunities to meld left-brain critical thinking skills with right-brained creativity and innovations to create solutions to real world problems,” said parent & LEED Green Associate Dr. Katie Belisle-Iffrig who has been leading the effort to establish a Makerspace Booster Club to help raise funds and gather supplies for the space.

According to Makezine, additional support is still needed for the crowdsourced Makerspace Grant Program where GCAA students can apply for $30 mini-grants to fund materials for their projects. Click here for more information on how you can help the GCAA Makerspace grow.

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