Help Bring Creativity, Imagination, Tinkering, and Building to Galtier!
We are seeking funding to help us establish a Makerspace in our Exploratorium. Makerspaces are defined by the mindset of incorporating design thinking and collaboration. They are a way to give students time and space to create, explore, tinker, and question. Classes will be able to schedule a block of time to go to the Exploratorium and create pieces of art or architecture and view themselves as designers and engineers. We have the space, now we just need the tinkering tools.
According to The School Library Journal, Makerspaces provide numerous benefits for participants:
Keeps the blood flowing by encouraging movement
Fostering independence via intrinsic motivation
Spark the brain – and develop skills such as observing, visual thinking, and pattern recognition, and habits such as practicing, persevering, and trial-and-error problem solving
Offer a sense of community
Conjuring a sense of resourcefulness, creativity, and empowerment by using available resources
Some of the items we’ll be purchasing to supply our Makerspace are legos, magna-tiles, geomag, magformers or magtastix.
Thank you for considering Galtier for a donation this year!
What is Galtier all about?
Galtier Community School is a model for the future of education in St. Paul Public Schools. What makes us so special? The physical space might be the first difference you'd notice. Our dynamic learning studios are home to several grades of students who work in each flexible space. This unique school environment helps shape the personalized approach to teaching and learning. Students are challenged to show they understand what they’ve learned through iPads, cooperative learning, acting, drawing, presentations and more. Whether they are excelling or need extra help, students can be grouped by skill level rather than grade level, offering a unique classroom environment for collaboration.
The school is truly a community school in every sense of the word. At just over 250 students, the school feels like family. The principal and teachers greet students by name in the hallways. Positive behavior intervention assures that children are supported in practicing constructive and helpful actions. Our children are surrounded by caring adults in a warm and safe atmosphere. We've been told that our atmosphere is something that's truly special, and can't be found just anywhere. It's been intentionally cultivated over several years, and remains an ongoing focus for the school through efforts such as a monthly character trait that the entire school focuses on, such as gratitude.