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District Prepares for Launch of Innovation Center

Brooklyn School Media Specialist Wendy Smith Demonstrates a Makerspace station for 2nd Grade Teacher Sue Grodek

Students in grades K-7 will now have expanded opportunities to engage in creative, hands-on, STEM-based learning experiences with the launch of the Innovation Center featuring a makerspace. Located in the Brooklyn School Media Center, the Innovation Center boasts an exciting assortment of learning stations for students, including 3-D printers, a Cricut smart cutting machine, Mosaic 3-D art boards, and Snap Circuit Stations which allow students to learn basic engineering, electronics, and circuitry concepts by building simple electronic circuits. Students will also have access to Finch Robots which provide diverse learning activities based on the needs of students at all experience levels while encouraging inquiry, problem-solving, creativity, and critical thinking skills. The Innovation Center also includes an Animation Station where students can create and edit stop-motion videos, as well as a collection of household materials for hands-on building including pipe cleaners, yarn, clay, and various plastic gears and more!

Snap Circuit Station in Innovation Center located at Brooklyn School

On Wednesday, January 11, 2023, Brooklyn School teachers stopped by the Innovation Center during their planning period to learn more about the various learning stations available and ways they can start utilizing them with their classes. Brooklyn School Media Specialist Wendy Smith and Mike Triska, Technology & Innovation Specialist for Northern Ohio Research and Training Technology Hub, were on-hand to assist and answer any questions. Mr. Triska has served in an important advisory role and has provided regular instructional support to building staff on how to utilize the various makerspace technologies. The Brooklyn City Schools is excited to provide new, STEM-based educational opportunities through the Innovation Center and looks forward to highlighting student learning in the future!

3-D Printer at Innovation Center at Brooklyn School

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