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

Our Libraries, Technology Centers and Makerspace

The Haskell Library and Technology Center is housed in Charger Commons on the first floor, 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. When the school is closed for weekends and holidays, the library is also closed.

A new library to be utilized primarily by Middle and Upper School students will open by September 2021. It will be located on the second floor of Charger Commons.

Adjacent to this Library will be a robotics workshop and open Makerspace.

Our MakerSpace - First of its Kind!

The first Makerspace was introduced on the Shorecrest campus in 2014. The idea of learning through hands-on production 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” 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

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.