Gorzycki Middle School will be opening a MakerSpace where students will be able to use their creativity to make things related to technology and arts/crafts. This program provides students with the opportunity to use their critical thinking skills and natural curiosity.  MakerSpaces have been shown to develop student interest and achievement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) related subjects and careers.  To learn more about MakerSpace, click here.  

 We are seeking donations of materials to be used in the MakerSpace. We need to use things that are quiet and will not ruin library carpets and furniture.  We are looking for items that will be easy for our students to use, so most items, with the exception of computers, need to be in good working order.  

In addition to supplies, we are looking for volunteers who might be able to donate an hour or two of their time to mentor students as they work.  We're especially hoping to engage those of you who work in the computer industry or other technological and engineering industries who would be interested in sharing your knowledge and skills with our students.

Some of the needed items are:

  • Old computers (ones that can be taken apart and put back together)
  • Old monitors that still work
  • Computer Mouse (mice?)
  • Digital cameras
  • SD cards
  • Electronic/computer components and tools
  • 9V batteries
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Arduino Uno
  • Arduino Mega
  • Arduino Lilypad
  • USB thumb drives
  • USB cables
  • Sensors (light sound, distance, tilt, temperature) for Lego robotics and Arduinos
  • Squishy circuits
  • Conductive tape/paint/thread/fabric
  • Duct tape – all colors
  • Small soldering iron and solder
  • Super glue
  • Robotics kits – Lego robotics
  • Extension cords
  • Power strips
  • Legos (the small ones for older children)
  • Modeling clay (Claytoon brand – not Play-Doh) and supplies
  • Origami paper
  • Quilting materials
  • Quarter rounds and other large pieces of 100% cotton fabric
  • Needles
  • Cutting mats
  • Quilting thread – any color
  • Sewing Machine and supplies (bobbins, etc.)          
  • Crochet/Knitting needles and supplies Thread – any color
  • Cross-stitch thread, kits and fabric
  • Fabric shears/rotary shears
  • Pins and pincushions
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • White glue
  • Craft paper
  • Ribbon (spools, not small pieces)
  • Cloth tape measure
  • Seam ripper
  • Steam iron
  • Ironing board

Gorzycki is very proud of their library and the opportunities they’ve made available to our students. This will be the first MakerSpace in AISD, and we’d like to help make it a model for other libraries to follow. If the MakerSpace mission of encouraging creativity in a shared environment speaks to you, as it does to us at Keep Austin Weird Homes, please call Rodney at 512-740-6486 to discuss volunteer opportunities or arrange a donation pickup.

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