For the last post on this blog – the Daedalus Project has officially concluded – I wanted to share our makerspace walkthrough video and some words of thanks. First, the video:
Our space is not done, but hopefully, it will never be. This is Version 1.0; surely with time the room will continue to evolve.
There are so many people to thank, so many individuals worked so hard all summer long to bring this vision to life:
- Robert Garguilo, Interim Superintendent
- Linda Albright, School Business Administrator
- Glenn Robbins, Middle School Principal
- Aleng Phommathep, Network Administrator
- Melanie Woodall, Middle School Secretary
- Mary Jane Hurley, Accounts Payable Clerk
- Rollin Mease, Head of Maintenance, and his entire team of Custodians
My professional learning network (and subnetworks like the K-12 Fab Labs and Makerspaces group) played an IMMENSE role in this project as well. There are too many to list, but, among my many colleagues, Lucie delaBruere, Dave Zirkle and Daniel Scibienski played crucial roles.
We also had professional help with several key elements of the build. We were smart enough to know when we needed experts and for what. We were fortunate to find and retain the very best.
- David Jakes, Digital Learning Strategist, for leading a team of teachers, staff, community members and school administrators through a design charette that laid the philosophical foundation for the entire program.
- Steve Schalout, Floorguard Inc., for the Handiwall (slotwall) installation.
Last, but not least, individual parents (Monica DelaTorre, I’m looking at you) and our outstanding Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) were exceptionally generous, donating time and much-needed resources to make #NCSDigitalShop the incredible learning space it now is.
I’ll close with this thought:
“To whomever much is given, of him will much be required; and to whom much was entrusted, of him more will be asked.”
– Parable of the Faithful Servant
Building the space was easy. Now, the hard work – constructing learning and meaning – begins in earnest.
We hope you will join us on THAT journey, here: http://blogs.ncs-nj.org/ted/.
Middle School STEAM Teacher
Technology, Engineering & Design Program
Northfield Community Middle School
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