Sunnyside Elementary School officially opened its makerspace in the Library Learning Commons on Friday, Jan. 11, with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

A makerspace is a thinking playground that can incorporate activities such as robotics, construction, coding and agriculture. While it is a fun and engaging area, the makerspace also helps students grasp difficult concepts in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Students can imagine a design, create a prototype and redesign. By gathering information they have learned from “playing” in the makerspace, they are able to generate more accurate predictions about the world around them.

During the ceremony, a STEM squad was introduced and received a certificate to signify their participation in a STEM training program. The training was an eight-week after-school program funded by the Flanagan Grant awarded by Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS).

The STEM squad will assist their classes in the innovative designer unit of the library science curriculum. Each week, during their time in the Library Learning Commons, students will be able to use the materials within the makerspace.

Sunnyside Elementary School introduced the STEM squad at the grand opening of the school’s makerspace.