Keeping It Fresh: How to Create and Sustain a Maker Culture that Motivates Teens

Your Name and Title: Alisha Wilson, Teacher-Librarian 

Library, School, or Organization Name: Booker T. Washington High School Innovation Center

Co-Presenter Name(s): Nancy Stetzinger

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: United States

Language in Which You Will Present: English 

Target Audience(s): Middle or High School Librarians

Short Session Description (one line): Keeping It Fresh: How to Create and Sustain a Maker Culture that Motivates Teens

Full Session Description (as long as you would like): This session will provide practical takeaways and strategies for creating a culture of making in your library. You'll learn from an award winning makerspace expert: Alisha Wilson was a semifinalist in the 2017 Follett Challenge and the winner of the 2017 Maker Hero award for School Library Journal. The presenters will discuss how to start a Spark Lab (resource space) for students with little to no funding and ways to utilize library assistants as "Lead Innovators" of your program. 

Additionally, attendees will walk away with applicable strategies and skills that will help you:

Use themes, challenges, and events to motivate high school students in the Makerspace

Start revolving "mess kits" to keep the activities in your space fresh, exciting, and motivating and keep students coming

This session will benefit those who want to transform the library space to attract more student visits, those who may have purchased a few maker items but are not sure how to keep the momentum going with teens, and those who want to take their program to the next level.

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