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Warren Middle School Demonstrates Tank Maker Space for Board of Education, Makers Day Set for March

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Warren Middle School Demonstrates Tank Maker Space for Board of Education, Makers Day Set for March (Board goes to the beach) Credits: Warren Township Schools
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7th grader Inica Kotasthane addressing the board as Library Media Specialist Cynthia Cassidy looks on Credits: Warren Township Schools
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7th grade students Andrew and Jake working on a language arts project
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Jake working on script ideas in The Tank
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WARREN, NJ - The Third Annual New Jersey Makers Day will be held on Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25.  Warren Middle School's maker space was demonstrated to the Warren Township Board of Education at its last meeting.

Makers Day in New Jersey is designed to be a statewide event that celebrates, promotes, and in many cases may introduce maker culture, as well as the values associated with making, tinkering and STEM-based learning. In 2015, the inaugural NJ Makers Day drew over 13,000 individual attendees to 130 participating sites across all 21 counties in the state. 

And now, Warren Middle School has a maker space named "The Tank."

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Socrates said, "Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel."

"The power of discovery, of making, of doing, has so much more value to my middle school students than lectures and note-taking," Warren Middle School Media Specialist Cynthia Cassidy says. "My goal as a school librarian, is to help students uncover their passion for learning."

Cassidy presented a short video to the board highlighting some of the uses of the "Tank" so far this year. From the entire sixth grade taking a virtual tour of King Tut's tomb, to seventh grade students storming the Bastille with legos to drama students using the green screen for skits, the Tank has been a popular place so far. 

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The board then took a photo with the green screen to take a trip to the beach.

Students select different centers, and participate in a variety of activities related to science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. By building, innovating, and designing, using the Dash Robot and Electronics Kit, students apply their academic knowledge to real-world problems. The creation of a WMS Maker Space, gives all W.M.S.students the opportunity to innovate, build, and design. Students visit the Makerspace during a flex period or as scheduled by their teachers for projects during the day. Students can work in collaborative groups to solve puzzles and problems, repurpose materials, and create artistic masterpieces. 

At the Warren Library, and all Somerset County libraries, programming has been announced:

Maker Day Programs at SCLSNJ on Friday, March 24



The Three Little Pigs: Maker Day Edition (2-6 years old)
10-11 a.m. at SCLSNJ’s Hillsborough Library branch
Create houses made of straw, sticks, and bricks (Legos) to see if they can withstand the “Big Bad Wolf.” 

S.T.E.A.M.* Weekend - Day 1 (all ages)
10-11 a.m. at SCLSNJ’s Mary Jacobs Memorial Library branch
This program will include a robot-themed Storytime followed by a Drone demonstration, crafts, and button making. No registration required.

Business Maker Day (adults)
9:45 a.m. - 2 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Warren Twp. Library branch
This year’s professional mini-conference for small business owners, entrepreneurs, and leaders will focus on social media—why it’s important and how to do it well. There will be ample time for networking and you can set-up one on one appointments for specific help or tutoring. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.
 

Maker Day Programs at SCLSNJ on Saturday, March 25



You Can Publish an eBook (adults)
10-11 a.m. at SCLSNJ’s Hillsborough Library branch
Learn the process for setting up and publishing an eBook on Amazon for Kindle. Presented by Robert Helmbrecht, SCLSNJ adult services librarian. 

4-H Robotics Club Demonstration (all ages) 
10 a.m. - noon at SCLSNJ’s Bridgewater Library branch
Drop in to watch as members of the 4-H Robotics Club demonstrate their Lego Mindstorms EV3 robots and programs. No registration required. 

Create an Altered Book (all ages)
10 a.m. - noon at SCLSNJ’s Bridgewater Library branch
Drop in to learn what an altered book is and make your own with our materials and your creativity. No registration required. 

Family Makers Day (all ages)
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Bound Brook Memorial Library branch
Drop in to test your skills as you work your way through all four of our maker stations. No registration required. 

Makers Day Saturday Story and Craft (3-5 years old)
10:30-11 a.m. at SCLSNJ’s Somerville Library branch
Celebrate Makers Day with building and construction themed stories, songs, and a craft. 

S.T.E.A.M.* Weekend - Day 2 (all ages)
10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Mary Jacobs Memorial Library branch
Drop in to engage in S.T.E.A.M.* fun! Make Geometric Structures and code a Sphero to complete a maze. Learn new skills and earn prizes. No registration required. No registration required.

Makers Day for Adults (ages 12+)
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Mary Jacobs Memorial Library branch
Even if a spa day is out of your price range, you can still enjoy custom pampering treats. Make several indulgent bath products using inexpensive, easy-to-find ingredients. Bring home your samples. 

Origami and a Magic Ring (grades 4+) 
11 a.m. - noon at SCLSNJ’s Somerville Library branch
Create 3-dimensional objects using origami, the art of paper folding.

Family Makers Fair Fun (all ages)
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Warren Twp. Library branch 
Drop in for no-tech to high-tech activities and demonstrations for people of all ages. No registration required. 

Robotics Demonstration (all ages)
1-1:45 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Bound Brook Memorial Library branch
Meet members of Bound Brook High School's FIRST Robotics Team and enjoy a presentation of their robot Robbe. No registration required. 

Straight from the Heart: Raising Self-esteem One Accessory at a Time (teens & adults)
1-2 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Watchung Library branch
Danae Churchill will teach you how to make simple DIY accessories such as bags, scarves, hats, vests and headbands. The accessories will be donated to teen girls in New Jersey. 

Makers Day Fair (all ages)
1-3 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Hillsborough Library branch
Drop in for no-tech to high-tech activities for people of all ages. Plus meet Edith Tolchin, author of Secrets of Successful Inventing: From Concept to Commerce, to learn more about the process of inventing and how to get a patent. No registration required. 

Rain Garden Design Appointments (adults)
1-3 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Hillsborough Library branch
Work with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension team to develop a rain garden design suited for your property. Contact Pat Rector to schedule an appointment: (973) 285-8303 or rector@njaes.rutgers.edu. Drop-ins will be helped if time is available. 

F.A.S.T. Crafts (all ages)
1-5 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Manville Library branch
Fabrics, Art, Science, and Technology (F.A.S.T.) activity stations will include: fabric baskets, geometric artwork, paper circuitry, and animation creation. No registration required.

Make Your Own LED Pop-Up Card (all ages)
1-3 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Peapack & Gladstone Library branch
Participants can make their own LED Pop-Up card for any occasion. 

Amigurumi Bunny (teens & adults) 
1-3 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Somerville Library branch
Amigurumi is the Japanese art of crochet or knit stuffed creations. Prior crochet knowledge recommended but not required. 

Robotics Workshop (grades 3+)
2-3 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Bound Brook Memorial Library branch
Members of Bound Brook High School's FIRST Robotics Team will lead a special building workshop. No registration required. 

Introduction to Craft Foam Cosplay Armor Making(teens & adults)
2-4 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s North Plainfield Memorial Library branch
Learn the basics on how to turn inexpensive craft foam into cool cosplay armor. 
 

Additional Maker Programs at SCLSNJ this March



Makers Afternoon (all ages)
March 15, 1-4 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Peapack & Gladstone Library branch
Use your imagination to design, build, and create. No registration required.

You Can Have a Rain Garden (adults)
March 23, 7-8 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Hillsborough Library branch
Pat Rector from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension will share how rain gardens work and how you can have one in your yard. 

Little Builders (1-5 years old)
March 31, 10:30-11 a.m. at SCLSNJ’s Peapack & Gladstone Library branch
Toddlers will enjoy a story followed by free play with an assortment of building sets. No registration required.

*S.T.E.A.M. = science and technology interpreted through engineering and the arts, all based in mathematical elements. 

 

 

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