Weekly Roundup: Making Space for new technology, Riding bikes in the Pinelands

In other news, the next Tabernacle Historical Society meeting will be held Sept. 14.

Making space for new technology

Incoming 6th grader Jonathan McAveety experiments making electrical currents with Little Bits, which are a “platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks for creating inventions,” according to the company’s website.

As area school districts propel themselves further into the 21st century, they’ve adjusted by finding ways to implement new technology into the classroom. One of the most popular ways of doing this has been to implement rooms in schools called makerspaces.

Before getting too in-depth, you should know makerspaces can have a variety of names. Sometimes they’re called fabrication laboratories (or fablabs), iSTEM rooms (for integrating science, technology, engineering and math), iSTEAM rooms (the extra “a” stands for art), STEM Labs, imagitoriums, imagineering rooms and hackerspaces. For the most part, they’re all the same, with only a few exceptions.

Coming up with an ell-encompassing definition for makerspaces is difficult, since not each one is exactly like the other.

“A makerspace is whatever you want it to be in your school,” said Anastasia Hanneken, the librarian and media specialist at Shamong’s Indian Mills Memorial Middle School. “If you went to a 100 different schools with makerspaces, you’d probably see 100 different types of spaces.”

Riding Bikes in the Pinelands

From Oct. 4–8, the Pinelands Preservation Alliance will hold its 13th annual Tour de Pines, a bike ride on five loops in various areas of the Pinelands. Each day’s ride will be approximately 45–53 miles long and will feature various scenery spread across the Pinelands. Additionally, each ride will be a loop, so riders will end up back where they started.

The event costs $40 to register, which will get you into as many of the rides as you choose to participate in. The proceeds will go to benefit the PPA.

Next Tabernacle Historical Society Meeting to be held Sept. 14

The next regular meeting of the Tabernacle Historical Society will be held on September 14 at 7:30 at the Community Center (old Emergency Squad Building) on Hawkins Road. Plans for the Fall and Winter will be discussed and historic photos will be displayed. The public is invited to attend and refreshments will be served. For more information call 609–859–3469.