The Stewart Middle Magnet School Library Makerspace Journey
We first started our makerspace journey at Stewart Middle Magnet School in January 2014 with a few bins of K’nex spread out on some library tables. It has since grown and expanded into a thriving program and a vital part of our library and school. Take a look back at our journey and see what we learned along the way.
Our Makerspace changed, grew and evolved since it was first conceived and started in January 2014. Follow along with the first two years of the story here. Hopefully it will inspire you to start your own Maker journey 🙂
Quick Background on Stewart
Our school was originally Blake High School, a segregated high school that opened in the 1950s. The school has gone through many transformations since then. We have been a STEM magnet school since 2000 and have students attending from all over Hillsborough County, which is the 8th largest school district in the United States. Our school is 70% free or reduced lunch, and our student body is about 65% boys, 35% girls, with our racial breakdown at approximately 35% African American, 30% Hispanic, 30% white.
Our school has a focus on engineering, robotics, aerospace and video game design. We are a NASA Explorer School and visit Kennedy Space Center on field trips several times a year.