The integrated library and media center at Cooley Middle School is a bustling place in the mornings.
From the time students are dropped off and to the time classes begin, Gilbert students crowd the newly designated Makerspace to tinker, explore and learn via engaging activities.
Makerspace is a new creative environment at Cooley that encourages students to utilize and develop skills in critical thinking, problem solving and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
Higley Unified Video: Cooley Middle School Makerspace
Activities range from deconstructing computers to navigating Sphero, a sphere-shaped robot that can be controlled to move with a smartphone or tablet. Arts and craft stations are also set up for students to create cards, fold origami and learn how to crochet.
However, Kimberly Murphy, the media center…