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INNOVATION! Makerspaces in NYC School Libraries: 3D Printing

High quality examples of makerspaces in school libraries where hands-on learning, creativity, and critical thinking flourish.

3D Printing!

IS 24R Myra S. Barnes


At the I.S. 24 makerspace the focus is on 3-D printing. 3-D printing enhances hands-on and project-based learning. These ideas will be infused into the curriculum and collaboration especially with science teachers will result in lessons that foster critical thinking and creativity.  Mrs. Tara Marcantonio, science teacher, Mr. Joseph Brancato, Special Education/Science and Christine Poser, librarian gear up for 3D printing by attending a 3-D printing primer class offered by Makerbot.   

Samuel Gompers Campus


The goal at the Joyce Mills-Kittrell Library makerspace is for students to explore advanced technologies through coding, game and app design and 3D printing.  Students on the Samuel Gompers Campus learn how to use apply these skills to address problems in and outside the classroom. The 3D printer is generating excitement in the campus community as well as increasing parent and community engagement with business and STEM projects. 

JHS 216Q George J. Ryan


JHS 216 offers an after school 3D printing program.   Students in the photos are creating posters about some of the basic concepts of 3D printing  -- how does a 3D printer work? how have different groups [education, business, medical] used 3D printing? a diagram of a 3D printer with all parts labeled, what is leveling and why is it important? The students then participated in a gallery walk and the posters are posted in the Library for everyone to browse. In other photos an 8th grade student created a 3d design for a logo that corresponded with an entrepreneur project he did in math class and an ELA teacher created a replica of a human heart to aid in her lesson about the figurative and literal meaning of mending a broken heart.


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