LEGO and the MakerSpace Movement: Writing Prompts, Avatars, and More (a guest post by author Lyn Miller-Lachmann)
Last year I researched and wrote a proposal to create a mobile MakerSpace for my library branch, which was approved. We now have the Mobile MakerSpace in two of the three branches of my library. Because of our space limitations, it had to be mobile so it could easily be moved in and out. And I decided to feature Legos because of the versatility the medium provided and because you can add tech components. You can read about my Mobile Makerspace here. Today author Lyn Miller-Lachmann is talking about Legos and MakerSpaces.
- Buying LEGO kits new can be expensive. Put out a call for donations from families whose children have (unfortunately) outgrown LEGO. In many areas of the country, local LUGs (LEGO Users’ Groups) can take on the collection of donations as a service project. Absent donations, garage sales are a good source of inexpensive pieces.
- Members of LUGs can also provide attractive displays for the library and advice for young builders. Join forces with these community groups.
- The LEGO.com site has a Pick-a-Brick option that includes heads with different expressions (including two-faced heads), bodies, legs, hair and hats, and hand-held accessories. Have your teens browse the site and select their own avatars, which can be reflections of themselves or aspirational characters such as superheroes or space figures.
- Use graph paper to plan models or to keep a record of models that have been built and then disassembled.
- Don’t forget to take pictures! You can add these to the library’s website or post on Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and other social media.
- Look at models on Instagram and Tumblr for ideas. For instance, Leon Scopes, a builder on Instagram who goes by @leons_rotten_corner, is an expert at constructing trees and forests with LEGO pieces.
- Share with each other. LEGO is a great way to bring people together to share building ideas and stories. There’s no “right” way to build, and the most important thing is to have fun!
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About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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