Building ‘STEAM’ in the Woburn Street School Library

Building ‘STEAM’ in the Woburn Street School Library
/in District Announcement, Office of Information Technology, Uncategorized /by Anne-Marie Fiore, Tech Department

Woburn Street School students enjoy a new makerspace.

Wilmington, MA, September 12, 2016– Librarian, Mary Ellen Danahy and Technology Integration Specialist, Traci Jansen received a grant from the Wilmington Educational Foundation (WEF) to provide a “maker space” at the Woburn Street Elementary School. Nationwide, teachers have discovered the power of makerspaces in schools to build students’ competencies and interest in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). Mary Ellen and Traci set up the makerspace to support curricular goals and encourage STEAM skills.

Principal Jeffrey Strasnick said: “Maker Space provides students with unique opportunities to learn real world problem solving skills in a very interactive and exciting way.”

Some of the maker space items include motors, batteries, Ozobots, Google goggles, and art supplies. Starting with the first grade, the pair of Woburn Street School teachers intend to cycle through each of the grades (1, 2, and 3) to create maker space lessons which integrate into the curriculum. Students will experience using each of the maker space items to create or engineer a classroom or individual project.

It’s great to see a maker space collaboration between technology and library at the Woburn Street School”, said Anne-Marie Fiore, Director of Technology.

The Wilmington Public Schools provides a challenging, relevant, personalized educational experience that promotes both the academic success and the social and emotional well-being of all students. Well-trained and highly qualified staff provides students with multiple ways to demonstrate individual learning and growth, and prepare them for success in school, work, and life.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Anne-Marie Fiore at the Wilmington Public Schools or email at

Author: Anne-Marie Fiore

Anne Marie is an instructional designer who works with educators to design, develop, and deliver instructional products and experiences. She knows that instructional designers wear many hats. They not only write objectives, create online courses, and develop assessments but also do video production, podcasting — even build websites.In addition to instructional designer, Anne Marie has worked as a curriculum specialist, assistant professor, and technology director. She was recognized by the Huffington Post as a Top Social Media Tech Leader and recently won a “Grand Award for Learning Program Design” in the 32nd Annual APEX Awards for Publication Excellence. Anne Marie holds a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction from Northcentral University.In her spare time, Anne-Marie enjoys several hobbies; blogging, watching way too many true crime documentaries on the ID channel, and Star Trek. She lives in Hudson, New Hampshire, with her husband, Kenneth.