The Stewart Middle Magnet School Library Makerspace Journey
I first started my makerspace journey at Stewart Middle Magnet School in January 2014 with a few bins of K’nex spread out on some library tables. It then grew and expanded into a thriving program and a vital part of the library and school. Take a look back at our journey and see what we learned along the way.
The 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 🙂
(Note: I left Stewart in May 2017, but the makerspace there continues to grow. Check out their Twitter feed to see how they’re doing)
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.