New and Improved

What it is— Over the summer the Ann Richards School received a $100,000 grant from Impact Austin and a grant from Intel.  With that money, we created a makers space and filled it with new and modern furniture/ technology.  We have two parts to the makers space- One is where we can design and do research for our projects.  The other is where we can actually build our projects.  The mission of the makers space is to create a welcoming and helping enviroment where you can build your dreams into a reality.

Screen shot 2014-09-26 at 3.34.53 PMImprovements— The maker space now has enough Mac computers for the wholeclass, and we have an amazing and very useful 3-D printer. There are also two large, glass windows in the room that the eighth grade sisters have decorated with colorful drawings, inspirational quotes, and random doodles. We got brand new furniture, including a couch and white board. The maker space also got a new Screen shot 2014-09-26 at 3.32.51 PMcoat of orange paint in one room, and turquoise in the other. Soon to come are Arduinos, and we already have our very own Makey Makeys, both fun and engaging project starters. The new makers space is a great place for ideas to flow and become more than just thoughts.

What we think–We think that the Makers space’s mission is superb, and it serves a good purpose with materials at the ready.  “This idea is something I have personally always dreamed of,” said Zoe Taulli, an eighth grader taking full advantage of the maker’s space and working on projects outside of class. Here you can let your creativity flow without too many limitations.  However, there are Screen shot 2014-09-26 at 3.22.22 PMsome things that could use a change.  For instance, we need more chairs and there are some parts, like the garage, are in the process of being finished.

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-Cloa Glass, Zoë Magee, Izabella Matheson, Zoe Taulli

Period 8

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