Teachers put time into tinkering at MakerSpace Camp

Kids aren’t the only ones attending camp this summer. The grown-ups are going, too.

Educators from Liberty Central School District recently attended the MakerSpace Boot Camp at the Orange Ulster Board of Cooperative Educational Services in Goshen.

The camp was run by Shannon Mersand and Sheri McNair of the School Library Media Specialists of Southeastern New York (SLMSSENY.)

This three-day immersive conference allowed educators to learn about and explore 25 maker-style activities and hands on playgrounds that included such themes as robotics, coding, circuitry, engineering and fabrication.

The activities, applications and funding options learned from this boot camp will be applied toward the creation of the MakerSpace at the Liberty Elementary and Middle Schools.

More about MakerSpace and the SLMSSENY Boot Camp


Project-based learning is making waves in education.

Makerspaces change the ways schools use technology, engage in learning and teaching; the forms of learning that take place in school. However, without deliberate professional learning and planning, the glamour of new tech tools can overshadow the importance of instruction within MakerSpace. For that reason, district representatives attended the SLMSSENY MakerSpace Bootcamp for knowledge, insight and resources on the best way to develop a school’s MakerSpace.

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