Frisco ISD Librarian Wins Grant to Create “Makerspace”

Mar 25, 2014

Borchardt Elementary School Librarian Nancy Jo Lambert is one of 10 national winners of Canvas Grants, a program that aims to fuel innovation and creative thinking in the educational community.

Lambert won $5,000 in the "PK-5 Technology" category for her plan to create a “makerspace” with LEGOS, littleBits and MinecraftEdu licenses.

The idea is to create a place for students to explore, design and create using both physical and digital tools.

  • LEGOS are construction toys for building complex structures with little or no engineering knowledge.
  • littleBits are small, simple, intuitive, blocks that make creating with sophisticated electronics a matter of snapping small magnets together.
  • Minecraft is a world-building game focused on placing and breaking blocks.

The "makerspace" will be a place where students can use circuits and littleBits to build and engineer. They can also use LEGOS combined with iPads and mobile apps to build and then create digital products. Lastly, they can create their own worlds digitally through Minecraft.

More than 400 proposals were submitted and evaluated by an independent panel of educational leaders, analysts and journalists on the basis of originality, creativity, feasibility and potential to drive meaningful change in the quality of education.

Learn more at www.instructure.com/canvasgrants.

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