• Welcome to the CMS Makerspace

    Makerspace

     

    What exactly is a "Makerspace" in a library?

    The maker movement in libraries is about teaching our patrons to think for themselves, to think creatively, and to look for do-it-yourself solutions before running off to the store. In short, a makerspace is a place where people come together for hands on learning and to create with technology.

MONTHLY PROJECTS

  • Student POP-UP Workshops

    1. Jewelry Making - Tuesday October 17th 

Current Classroom Makerspace Projects

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    8th Grade Mousetrap Cars

    Here's the inside scoop on what's happening with our 8th-grade science classes: we're currently knee-deep in an engaging project happening in the library Makerspace. Picture this: we're all hard at work constructing mousetrap cars. But it's not just about building a cool car – it's about learning. By designing these cars to travel a specified distance in the shortest time, we're diving deep into the world of physics, engineering, and problem-solving. Plus, we're not just using any materials – we're incorporating both new and recycled items, teaching us about sustainability and resourcefulness. This project isn't just about getting from point A to point B; it's about applying scientific principles, experimenting with design, and honing our critical thinking skills. So, get ready to rev up your learning engines – because in this project, every turn is a chance to discover something new!


     

     

  • eggsSDC Succulent Egg Garden

    Every week, our Special Day Students embark on exciting adventures in the library! This week, they turned plastic eggs into mini gardens by planting succulent cuttings, painting them in vibrant colors, and adding decorative bases. They proudly took their creations home, ready to watch them grow and flourish in their family gardens! 


     

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    French Class - French Market

    Bonjour tout le monde! Our CMS French class is working hard in our Makerspace.  They are taking on a delicious challenge by transforming our Makerspace and Library into a bustling French farmers' market by crafting fruits, veggies, and French pastries using their creativity and skills. From colorful paper strawberries and slices of watermelon with paper plates and puff balls to fluffy croissants made of felt, they are bringing the charm of French cuisine to life! They will sell their crafted French food at a French Farmer's Market and —it's going to be magnifique!

  • Frida

    Our CMS Spanish Students are creating self-portraits in the style of Frida Kahlo.

    Students will work in our Makerspace and have the opportunity to create a self-portrait in the artistic style of the famous Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo. Frida Kahlo was known for her vibrant and emotional self-portraits that often reflected her life experiences and Mexican culture. This project not only encourages creativity and artistic expression but also offers an opportunity to explore cultural and historical aspects of Mexican art through the lens of Frida Kahlo's work. It is a meaningful and engaging experience for our CMS Spanish class students.

  • paper dollsFrench Class Paper Dolls

    Our French class had a makerspace project in which they crafted paper dolls and adorned them with stylish clothing designs. Each student designed unique outfits for their dolls, expressing their creativity and language skills through descriptions in French. The project encouraged both linguistic and artistic exploration, making learning French both fun and hands-on.


     
     
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    French Class Mardi Gras Floats

    Get ready for a French Class extravaganza in the Makerspace! We're crafting Miniature Mardi Gras floats, and once they're dazzlingly done, you can spot them on display in the Library. But what's Mardi Gras? It's a lively carnival celebrated in many countries, featuring vibrant parades and festive events. Be part of the fun by going to the Library Home page, where you can vote for your favorite float through the Google Form link. Let the Mardi Gras creativity shine! 🎭🎉 


     

  • lantern

    In this dynamic Makerspace project at CMS, our Chinese Exploratory, 1 & 2 students  deepen their connection to the Chinese Winter Solstice celebration by incorporating Chinese symbols and artwork onto the sides of their vibrant lanterns crafted with popsicles. Beyond the creative construction, students engage in a cultural exploration as they carefully select and draw Chinese characters that convey meaningful messages related to the Winter Solstice. This not only enhances their understanding of the significance of the festival but also promotes cross-cultural awareness. The Makerspace buzzes with a sense of shared discovery as students proudly display their personalized lanterns adorned with expressive Chinese characters, creating a beautiful blend of art, culture, and festive celebration in the middle school setting. 

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  • French

    For our CMS French Students, the creation of Salt Dough French Monument Ornaments offers students a tangible connection to their French studies.  This hands-on initiative not only taps into their artistic talents but also serves as a cultural exploration, as students replicate iconic French landmarks with enthusiasm. The classroom buzzes with excitement as students decorate and create their ornaments, fostering a dynamic learning environment. Beyond the artistic endeavor, the project promotes teamwork, cultural appreciation, and a sense of accomplishment as the students proudly showcase their unique creations. 

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  • cork trivet

    Embark on a creative journey with our CMS Exploratory Domestic Arts class as they venture into the Makerspace to fashion unique wine cork trivets! Channeling their artistic flair, students are transforming ordinary wine corks into functional and stylish kitchen accessories. From arranging patterns to experimenting with designs, each trivet becomes a testament to the students' innovation and craftsmanship. Join us in the Makerspace to witness the fusion of sustainability and creativity as these one-of-a-kind trivets take shape!


  • manora

    Step into the creative world of our CMS Advanced Domestic Arts Class as they craft Hanukkah Menorahs in the Makerspace! With ingenuity and hands-on skills, students are embracing the spirit of Hanukkah by designing and assembling these symbolic pieces of art. Witness the fusion of craftsmanship and cultural celebration as each student brings their unique touch to the menorah-making process. This hands-on project not only showcases the students' artistic abilities but also fosters an appreciation for diverse traditions. The Makerspace is aglow with the spirit of Hanukkah as these personalized menorahs come to life, reflecting the warmth and unity of this joyous festival. 

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  • wreath

    Our Advanced Domestic Arts students are exploring the enchanting world of wreath making. They are discovering the captivating history and diverse traditions that surround this age-old craft. Students are traveling back in time to unravel the fascinating beginnings of wreath making, tracing its roots from ancient civilizations to modern practices. They are diving into how different cultures worldwide use wreaths for various celebrations, offering a rich tapestry of customs and rituals, and learning how to create their very own wreaths. By using a wide array of materials and techniques used in wreath crafting, our Advanced Domestics Arts students are learning about the vibrant traditions of wreath making.

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  • Mid Autumn Festival

    Our CMS Chinese Students are celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival.

    Mid-Autumn Festival, Zhongqiu Jie (中秋节) in Chinese, is also called the Mooncake Festival or the Moon Festival.  As the second most important festival in China after Chinese New Year, Mid-Autumn is an official public holiday.  In China, Mid-Autumn Festival is a reunion time for families, a little like Thanksgiving. Chinese people celebrate it by gathering for dinners, worshiping the moon, lighting paper lanterns, eating moon cakes, etc. To celebrate, our students our making Moons with recycled CD's. 

Cougars in Context Podcast

  • Welcome to the "Cougars in Context" Podcast, recorded in our very own Makerspace production room.

    Join Erin, Lyla, and Mr. Adam in discussing the current news surrounding CMS. Laugh along with them as they attempt their best dad-jokes and leave with some positive words of affirmation.

    Check back every other week for an updated podcast. 

    Go follow them today by clicking HERE!

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