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Washington Drive Primary held a special ribbon cutting ceremony for
their new Makerspace, which has long been in the works, on Nov. 8. The
school was honored by the presence of Mr. Roger Tilles, who represents
Long Island on the New York State Board of Regents at the ribbon cutting
ceremony, along with Superintendent Dr. Francesco Ianni and other
Students lined the halls outside the space, peering in, eager to explore
what the room had to offer. Once a few students assisted Dr. Ianni in
cutting the room’s ribbon, students poured in. The students treated
those in attendance by singing the school’s theme song to christen the
room. First grade teacher Melinda O’Donoghue explained to the students
what a makerspace was, and how fortunate they were to have such a space
that most primary schools don’t have.
Students were then released to explore all of the items within the
space, where they tinkered with the Lego wall, programming robots, and
more. Mr. Tilles spent some time interacting with the children,
encouraging them to be creative, and reading them a few inspiring poems
by various authors, including Shel Silverstien.
Creating this unique space that enables students to explore creativity
and innovation aligns with the district’s goal to maximize student
opportunities in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art and
mathematics (STEAM). These spaces, which are a part of the “Maker
Movement”, incorporate all of those areas in a new and fun way.
“Watching small ideas turn into tangible experiences for our students is such a source of pride for us,” said Dr. Ianni.
The Makerspace, which was made possible by a grant gifted to the school
by the Harborfields Community Educational Foundation (HACEF), was
dreamed up and made into reality by Assistant Principal Kathryn McNally,
Interim Principal Kelly Fallon, Karin Fey, Co-President of HACEF and
“Makers are needed to add to the global sum of human knowledge,” said Mrs. McNally, “so we’re starting now!”
Additionally, we would like to recognize the staff members who were
instrumental in bringing the Washington Drive Makerspace to our
students. A special thank you to Melinda O’Donoghue, Christopher
Maresco, Guy Semione, Joey Rice and Jimmy Brauer for all their efforts!