Mason City Schools educators have some big ideas - but they need your help! "We are excited to announce that we are in the process of creating two brand new makerspaces in our district," explained Jonathan Cooper, Chief Innovation Officer. "In the fall of 17-18, a redesign of the Mason Early Childhood Center library will include a makerspace environment, and a brand new makerspace will become available at MI as well.
Makerspaces inspire students to become participatory learners, to uncover their talents, needs, and interests by making, producing, solving, creating, collaborating and thinking.
In order to stock our Makerspaces, we need your help!
"While we have plans in place to begin creating these environments, we can use your help in building our supply of certain tech and consumable items," Cooper said.
Donation bins are located in the lobbies of both the Mason Intermediate School 5/6 entrance and MECC, and can be dropped off anytime from 8:30am-3:30pm.
Used Smart Phones:
We are looking for gently used smartphones that could be used by students as media creation tools. Our technology department will ensure that these devices are restored to factory conditions and then used by students to take videos, pictures, or explore other possible educational experiences. If you have a smartphone laying around that could be used for this purpose please consider donating to our cause. See below for system requirements:
- IOS: Any iPhone 4 or higher device. Any iPad 2 or higher device
- Android: Any device running Android OS 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher
** Please note - all devices must be wiped/factory reset prior to donation.
Android devices vary: (Google: How to Factory Reset + Device Name)
- Tinker toys
- Lincoln Logs
Crafting (Consumable) Items:
- fabric, felt samples (please pre cut into no larger than 12x12 squares)
- cardboard paper towel holders, toilet rolls
- aluminum foil, plastic wrap
- duct tape (colorful or plain)
- pipe cleaners
- sand paper
- ribbon, string, rope
- tissue paper
- Cardboard (cut into flat pieces - varying sizes - no larger than 24x24)
- Plastic Drinking Straws
- Paper Plates
- Paper Cups
- Brass Fasteners
- Play Doh
- Model Magic
- Old CD’s
Curious? Check out these links to find out more about the Makerspace Movement: