• 68°

Makerspace opens at Liberty

These students at Liberty Middle School investigate the new tools and equipment in the Makerspace in the library. (CONTRIBUTED)
These students at Liberty Middle School investigate the new tools and equipment in the Makerspace in the library. (CONTRIBUTED)

MADISON – What do a three-dimensional (3D) printer, a drone and LEGOs have in common? These items are some of the tools in the new Makerspace in Liberty Middle School’s library.

“We have been working on putting together a Makerspace for use by students and teachers. It includes things such as a 3D scanner, circuit kits and electronic components, software, robotics and arts and crafting equipment,” media specialist Sandy Brand said.

Makerspaces are creative areas for students to work on special projects to design and generate objects. One student could choose to write and illustrate a booklet. Others could opt to screen print or create model houses with a 3D printer.

A Makerspace usually houses tools and equipment that are too expensive for a student to have at home. Liberty students already have been using the Makerspace’s ‘green screen’ as a backdrop for high-quality videography exercises.

Liberty held a grand opening for its Makerspace on Sept. 3. Liberty Principal Nelson Brown and Brand welcomed Madison Board of Education members Ranae Bartlett, Tim Holtcamp, Terri Johnson and Connie Spears, along with Mayor Troy Trulock, to view the innovative addition at the middle school.

“Teachers were just as excited as students were when the new area was finally revealed,” director of public relations John Peck said. “School leaders have worked on the project for about a year now. At the beginning of the school year, Sandy Brand placed a black curtain over Makerspace so students could not see what it was until it was completely ready.”

Students will continue to visit the library to check out books. The new additions just complement the library’s existing features. “So, really, (the library) is a place where they can come in and explore and learn and create, only limited by their imaginations,” Brand said.

“Students are no longer just consumers of information but creators of information,” Brand said.

Madison

Madison County Water Department announces meter reading and billing changes

Madison

Governor Ivey awards $5.6 million for law enforcement programs

Events

The Camp is bringing Mardi Gras to Huntsville’s MidCity District

Events

Huntsville Museum of Art continues special Black History Month programing

Events

Madison Methodist Women to host inaugural marketplace event

Lifestyles

Huntsville Botanical Garden to host 2023 APGA Education Symposium next week

Digital Version

The Madison Record digital version – Feb. 8, 2023

Events

Huntsville Ballet Company to present HBC Off-Stage Feb. 17-19 at Dream Theatre

Bob Jones High School

Bob Jones and James Clemens advance to 7A Area 8 tournament title game

Bob Jones High School

Bob Jones AFJROTC excels at Hoover Drill Competition

Harvest

Johnson repeats win in American Legion oratory

Madison

Petition for city manager special election being resubmitted after being dismissed

Madison

Barney, a facility dog, comforts and reassures students

Madison

Playground revamps underway for Madison elementaries

Madison

Large turnout expected for All-Girls State Chess Championship

Business

Goldfish Swim School opens in Madison, plans to host free Community Family Swim Event Feb. 3

Madison

Mill Creek Robo-Crew take Breakthrough Award at UAH

Liberty Middle School

Liberty Lionettes awarded in hip-hop, pom at regionals

Bob Jones High School

American Legion Baseball organizing for new season

Discovery Middle School

Gifted Specialists fill broad needs of 20% of students

Madison

Mill Creek Greenpower Team motors to first place in Oxford

James Clemens High School

James Clemens Competition Cheer Team takes fourth state title

Madison

The celebration continues: Madison Street Festival awards grants to 16 Madison educational programs

Events

The Loomis Brothers Circus returns this weekend

x