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Newnan, GA: Elem students making lap pads for ASD students; help for those who can't focus

Oct 21, 2018, Newnan (GA) Times-Herald: Open house showcases Ruth Hill’s Launch Pad Library http://times-herald.com/news/2018/10/open-house-showcases-ruth-hills-launch-pad-library Elementary students sewed, played instruments, recorded podcasts, filmed in a green room and operated a 3D printer at Ruth Hill’s new Launch Pad Library open house. Local business and community leaders followed student tour guides through learning portals, where other students demonstrated how they use the resources and activities that are part of each. The process of reimagining the library to best serve Ruth Hill students is just beginning, according to Anne Graner, the school’s media specialist. … Students fill out applications to do specific work in the portals that interest them, and their project proposals must benefit others. For instance, some fifth-graders are using the sewing machine in the Discover A Solution portal to make lap pads to help autism students remain calm, while others are creating Magformers objects to help students who have trouble focusing in class. Students as young as third grade are learning to use the school’s 3D printer, and their plan is to design items to print and sell to raise money for a local charity. …