BUZZARDS BAY – Research shows that today’s students need to think creatively, take risks, and develop the personal and intellectual resiliency that will be required as a part of the 21st century workforce. As a result, schools must make new efforts to generate the habits and temperament of risk-taking, exploration, and creativity. By making this a whole school concept, St. Margaret Primary School, 143 Main St., understands that its Makerspace will appeal to the littlest of learners by starting them early to spark their curiosity, according to a press release.

Primary years are when thinking by doing and learning by doing can be cultivated naturally which will more easily carry over to other subjects.

“The Makerspace movement creates a physical and educational environment where challenges and projects encourage flexibility, adaptability, and creativity – through making,” said Christopher Keavy, head of St. Margaret Primary School. “We are so grateful to the Carney Family Charitable Foundation for the Solution Seed Fund grant which allowed us to purchase the Makerspace equipment and supplies.”

Elizabeth Hutchison, principal of St. Margaret Primary, added, “Makerspace is a wonderful educational concept where students are the inventors, designers, and engineers. It is a mindset and an approach where children are given a problem and are asked to think of a solution, design it and create it from myriad materials available to them. Makerspace allows the students to become tinkerers and those who aren’t afraid to fail. We hope that the implementation of a dedicated space and additional resources will allow our students to be creative, make mistakes from which they will learn, and, most importantly, surprise us by teaching us to think about something in a new way.”

Catherine Maynard said she loves her Makerspace class this year. “It makes me feel older as we are able to make our own decisions on how to solve a problem.”

Each week PreK through grade four students at St. Margaret Primary are given a problem where they must achieve a solution through design, thought and product construction. “I like that if you make a mess, it’s fine. If you make a mistake, it’s fine” said second grader Brian Cannon. “You just figure out what you did wrong, and keep on fixing it.” So far this year, students have been working hard at creating water bottle holders that attach to their chairs. Part of the project is to account for the weight and height of their bottle to ensure it will not tip or fall out.

For more information about St. Margaret Primary School, call 508-759-2213 or visit www.smrsbb.org.

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