Chagrin Falls Intermediate School Students Soaring in Makerspace “Tinker Time”

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Students at Chagrin Falls Intermediate School (CFIS) have been enjoying “Tinker Time” in their new Makerspace at recess.  Students have enjoyed a variety of hands-on, creative activities allowing them to collaborate, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering and design. Each month, they have been focusing on different tasks and skills.  Some examples include instant challenges, origami, Canva posters, making stickers, card making and sashiko hand sewing.

In addition to “Tinker Time,” several of the CFIS teachers have been utilizing the Makerspace area by working on various classroom projects.

Cory McNamara’s Social Studies classes visited the Maker Space and created Native American Artifacts.  The students studied different Native American Tribes in their social studies classes and learned how the Native Americans used the natural resources of the land to survive. The students created artifacts of homes, clothing or tools. Classes participated in a “museum walk” to view all of the amazing artifacts that the students created.

At the end of February, as students wrapped up their “Embracing Heritage” book clubs, Anne Wallenhorst’s language arts classes completed a short research project, which culminated in creating something of the students’ choice in the Makerspace. The story was about the Japanese internment camps during World War II and each book had different settings like Cambodia, Cuba and the United States.  Students were encouraged to research crafts from Cambodia, Cuba and Japan. Then they were given time to meet with their fellow book club members, decide on a craft, and come up with a supply list for their agreed upon craft. They made Cambodian kites and a tiny village, Japanese Carp Kites, a Japanese fan and garden scene, and a Cuban fishing boat among other things, such as dolls of the book’s characters and origami.

Katherine Owen’s Language Arts classes used the Maker Space to create board games. Students worked with their literature circle groups to create games that connected to novels they read as a part of the “Embracing Heritage” unit. Their creativity and collaboration was showcased  on “game day” when they played their games. Several parents from each class joined the fun, as well.

“We want to thank all the volunteers that help make this space a success,” said Principal Sarah Read, Chagrin Falls Intermediate School  “Without their enthusiastic support, we would not be able to offer this opportunity. We look forward to the day our students walk through the doors of the Makerspace once again and continue with their creations.”

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