Makerspace Mondays

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Library Media Specialist Michelle Phillips and technology teacher Dan Zabell at JFK Middle School have been facilitating a Makerspace Monday program during lunch periods for sixth- through eighth-grade students. Defined as any space where students can gather to create, invent and learn, the pair purchased Snap Circuits and LittleBits, as well as Origami paper, crafting supplies and books to create a designated Makerspace in the library. This haven has been attracting approximately 30 students each week, who come after finishing lunch in the cafeteria to be challenged creatively. Money for the supplies for Makerspace Monday came from a grant from the Bethpage Educational Foundation.