Atkins Elementary - Preschool - 3rd Grade
The Atkins Elementary Makerspace was started by a group of inspired teachers in the summer of 2016. Originally, the makerspace was set up in an extra classroom. Currently, the makerspace is located in the school library. Cargill, Benton County Community Foundation, and the Benton Community PTO all provided funds to get this space started. Follow what is happening in the Atkins Makerspace at Atkins Elementary on Facebook & Instagram
Keystone Elementary - Preschool - 3rd Grade
The Keystone Elementary Makerspace was started by a group of inspired teachers who had learned about the maker movement from their PLN on Twitter. The Benton Community School District went through a reorganization process that began in the spring of 2015. Teachers were moving buildings and cleaning out classrooms that they had been in for many years. By combining all of their consumables, these teachers quickly realized they had more than enough to start a makerspace. This space opened in the fall of 2015 in the school library with financial support from the Benton County Community Foundation and the Benton Community PTO.
Norway Elementary - 4th - 6th Grade
The Norway Elementary STEAM Lab opened in the fall of 2016. A group of teachers excited to bring new opportunities to their students wanted to make sure there was a focus on ART in the new space. This space boasts a large Lego wall, 3D printer, and large white board wall along with many other items for students to engage with. The Norway Elementary STEAM Lab was financially supported by the former Norway PTO. Follow what is happening in the STEAM Lab at NorwaySTEAM on Instagram.
Think, Make, Innovate - Grant Wood AEA
Our journey hasn't been one that we've had to travel alone. Amber Bridge and Jason Marshall have supported us since we started our makerspace journey at Benton CSD. Amber and Jason are members of the Grant Wood AEA Digital Learning Team. Check out Think, Make, Innovate - a resource hub and YouTube channel showcasing students, teachers, and maker challenges throughout Grant Wood AEA.