Coed, independent, PK3-12th grade school in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Our Libraries, Technology Centers and Makerspace

The Lower School Media and Technology Center is housed in Charger Commons, the newest building on campus, and opened in March 2019. Inside are picture books, juvenile fiction and nonfiction, and many chapter book series. There is a story time area where Lower School students meet with Mrs. Smay and other guest readers.

In the adjacent Technology Center, students work with Ms. Deegan on software skills, classroom projects, robotic manipulatives and more. 

The Lower School Library hours match the Lower School academic schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:10 - 3:00pm.

The Carleen Vinal Haskell Library, utilized primarily by Middle and Upper School students, opened in September 2002. It is accessible to all in the center of campus, and houses our main visitor entrance with access to Admissions and Enrollment Management.

The Library has over 37,500 books, instructional DVDs, many computers with Internet access, and daily newspapers. The Library also has a Makerspace, an open and isolated conference area, and offices. Students are free to check out books and use the computers for research. 

Haskell Library hours: Monday - Thursday, the library is open before school each morning at 7:30am and closes at 4:30pm. On Fridays the library is open from 7:30am - 3:30pm. When the school is closed for holidays, the library is also closed.

Our MakerSpace - First of its Kind!

In 2014, our media center expanded to include a Makerspace. The idea of learning through hands-on production has had libraries nationwide constructing Makerspaces, and Shorecrest was the first local independent school to add one.

Trend analysts, business writers, and educational leaders are discussing the need for educational institutions to foster ingenuity with strong technological skills (STEAM skills) to succeed in our rapidly changing world. This dynamic learning environment encourages innovation, process, effort, strategy, progress and problem solving skills.

Lower School students have designed 3D logos and tinkered with electronics through electronic littlebits toys. Middle School students have integrated art, math, and technology by printing 3D tessellations. Upper School students have designed conceptual models of calculus theories and chemical bonds, and one student created a roving cell phone drone. 

Our Makerspace includes:
  • 3D printers
  • Cutting machines
  • Building materials (cardboard, clay, styrofoam, etc.)
  • Crafting tools (hot glue guns, scissors, etc.)
  • Maker-specific books
  • Access to computer lab with design software
  • Electronics and robotics: Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Sphero BOLT, Chibitronics
  • A dry erase collaboration table
Why is “Making” and the Makerspace crucial in helping students learn? 
We want students to have 21st Century skills, become problem solvers and independent thinkers, as well as practice using the skills they learn to cement what is presented in the classroom.

Brain research shows that children who do first, and then watch a video or read a textbook, perform better on tests and remember what they learned better than students who are presented with material in the reverse learning order. Plus kids who “make” are proven to be quicker to apply knowledge gained by making real things than students who just learn about something passively. Our Makerspace is not only cutting edge, it is going to give our students an edge in the 21st century job market!

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Dottie Smay
dsmay@shorecrest.org

Mrs. Smay has been the Lower School Media Specialist for over 30 years at Shorecrest. She has a B.A. in Elementary Education and M.A. in Library Science from Rowan (Glassboro) University. She was a Language Arts teacher for grades 5-8 and a media specialist for 6 years for Hillsborough county prior to coming to Shorecrest. Mrs. Smay is responsible for the children's area and helps students find enjoyable books. She supervises story time, where children learn a variety of important lessons.  

Dottie has presented about Makerspaces and making-to-learn with project based learning at the Florida Council of Independent Schools 21st Century Learning Academy (FCIS) and at the Georgia Educational Technology Conference (GAETC).

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Shorecrest Preparatory School is a private, non-sectarian, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students preschool through high school, located in St. Petersburg, Florida.