Hawthorne Elementary School

Maker Space

Hawthorne Maker Space

"when you teach a child something you take away forever his chance of discovering it himself"  Jean Piaget


In Spring 2017, Hawthorne Library was awarded a Thiems grant from the District 205 Foundation for the purchase of makerspace materials.  A makerspace is, quite simply, a place where you make things.  But is is also a collaborative work space inside a library for making, learning, exploring, and sharing that uses "high tech" to "no tech" tools. 


At Hawthorne, our MakerSpace will be part of library lessons, in center-type format, so students can practice the 4 Cs: Creating, Collaborating, Communicating, and Critical Thinking with a focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math).  Challenges will be open-ended to allow for creativity and original thinking to occur, rather than "one solution kits."  Activities will involve creative outlets and assorted brain teaser puzzles.  We even have a few "Breakout Boxes" that I cannot wait to use to collaborate lessons with our teachers!!


What else do we have (besides the Breakout boxes)?



Robot Mouse



Lincoln Logs

Magna Tiles

Pattern Blocks


Rubber stamps

Card stock

Assorted puzzles for independent and collaborative solving

Fabric scraps


Masking Tape

Craft sticks


    We are always grateful to accept consumable donations.  Not sure if we can use it?  Email me!



Global Maker Day October 24

All classes will experience a "Taste of our Maker Space" the week of October 24 to celebrate Global Maker Day and to launch our new makerspace!  Stay tuned for more info and pictures!!!

Taste of Maker Space