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Makerspace Safety Certification Process  

At Stateside safety in the Makerspace lab is the most important thing.    In order for students to be able to use certain tools they must pass a simple safety certification process.   The process involves the following steps:

  1. Watch the Makerspace Safety Videos and take notes in your Makerspace notebook.
  2. Take the Makerspace Safety Tool Certification test for the tool you would like to be certified on.
  3. Turn the test in to Mrs. Craig or Mr. Marriott

Parents please note that all Makerspace Safety tests, except for hand tools and hot glue guns, require a parent signature.  Your signature on the test form gives permission for the student to use that tool in Makerspace. 


We currently have tests available for- Hand tools, hot glue guns, saws and drills.   It is our expecation that all 4th and 5th grade students will get certified on hand tools and hot glue guns... otherwise the students are severly limited to what they can do in Makerspace.   Other tests are taken as students need to.   The certificaiton process can be completed at anytime of the year. 


If you have questions please email Mr. Marriott or Mrs. Craig. 

Current junk donation needs (Sept. 15)  

Stateside's Makerspace is currently in need of the following "junk:

  • scrap wood
    • 2x4 from 2 ft. to 6 ft.
    • 1x2 from 2 ft. to 6 ft.
    • plywood and particle board, 6 ft2 and smaller
  • Nuts, bolts, screws, nails, and hinges (no rusted stuff)
  • scrap metal parts (little to no rust, no sheet metal)
  • Solar lights (broken and working)
  • electric motors
  • TAPE... ALL KINDS (I think the kids eat it)
  • Newspaper
  • Straws and pipe cleaners


We appreciate your support!

Tool Certification Process (5th and 4th Grade)  


Late this week and early next week I will begin populating my website with the "Tool Certification" videos.  Before a student can use a tool they must fill out the form, requring parent permission, then complete the safety certification process.  The process includes watching a flipped video about safety use, then completing a written test.  The final piece of the process involves using the tool under supervision-- proving you can use it safely.   

After completing the process the students will recieve a sticker on their Makerspace notebook indicating they can use the tool independently.   The sticker will be a clear visual sign for Watchdogs, substitutes, and other volunteers that the student has completed the process.   

If a student is later caught using a tool in an unsafe manner they will have their permission to use that tool taken away until a time the parents and Makerspace facilitator decide is appropriate. 


Thank you for checking out our makersapce at STES!    In makerspace we are going to create, problem solve, and BUILD!    No school in the country is using the makerspace model that we are piloting at STES and we are excited to be the first.    


In makerspace the kids will build using largely recycled material.   As we will use a lot of "junk" makerspace will always be in need of "junk".    As you are cleaning out, packing up or just need to get rid of stuff, please consider donating to makerspace.   We are always accepting the following:

  • scrap fabrics
  • nuts, bolts, nails and screws of all shapes and sizes (no rusted stuff please)
  • gently used hand tools
  • plastic containers
  • Legos
  • Duct Tape/Masking Tape
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Sharpies (all colors)


Also, check back throughout the year as our collection needs will change based on student projects.    


Most importantly, once we get up and rolling stop by and check out the awesomeness that your students are creating!  Watchdogs-- ask if you are needed in makerspace on your watchdog days!