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Let me introduce you to a new program Ms. Perry and Ms. Schencker, Lincolnwood Librarian, called Maker Madness for 3rd-5th grade students! The goal is to pair STEM books with maker kits, getting the students excited about books and creating. Maker (STEM) encompasses so many aspects of learning; a hands on experience, problem solving, persistence, critical thinking and so much more! We don’t think there is anything better pairing than books and STEM. 

Overview of the Program:

Each week, one student in each class will be randomly chosen to receive a maker kit mailed to them. Each kit will include materials and directions to create. Ms. Schencker and I have created a Google Classroom that both Lincolnwood and Dawes students will join. Students will be able to listen to the book attached to the kit, post their work, and chat about the process. Our first Maker Madness kit is based on the book Izzy Gizmo by Pip Jones. Students are tasked to create a flying machine in parallel with Izzy from the book! 9 kits will be dropped in the mail each week; one student per class per week in grades 3-5. Every student has a chance to participate by the end of the year. 

Our goal is to rotate projects every couple of weeks. Materials for projects will be provided or common household objects will be used.

Coming soon: Maker Madness Family Night! We are planning an interactive Maker event for families and students in January. More information to come. If you are interested in helping plan this event, please contact me!

Please join me in celebrating this opportunity to get our kids involved, thinking and creating. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out!