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Collaboration Yields a New Makerspace for Hamline Elementary School


 A $7,000 grant from Ecolab will outfit a makerspace on the second floor of Hamline Elementary School this school year.

Written by Thomas Cozzolino, Inquiry Lead at Hamline Elementary, and Patty Born Selly, professor at Hamline University School of Education, the grant emerged from plans developed for the Hamline Elementary-Hamline University (HE-HU) Collaborative Learning University School.

"The makerspace embodies elements of our vision of the collaborative learning university school,” said Born Selly.

The newly funded makerspace will occupy a classroom on the second floor of the elementary school. It will be outfitted with tools and supplies that allow students to tinker, try solutions, collaborate and problem-solve together.

“News of the award is a wonderful way to head into the new school year,” said Cozzolino. “Our learners will be able to work on projects that weave together skills from multiple subject domains including math, language arts, literacy, social studies, and science while supporting competencies such as collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and self-community identity, which are cornerstones of the Hamline Collaborative Learning University School.”

The grant will help Hamline University students prepare for their teaching careers.

“Makerspaces are growing in popularity in secondary schools and elementary schools,” said Born Selly. “Our teacher education students will learn how a makerspace works and how to best support learners, which will prepare them to be inquiry-driven teachers who are comfortable with the environment of hands-on learning”

August 2019

Written by staff.