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The Makings of Maker Spaces, Part 3: A Fabulous Home for Cocreation. The Fab Lab helps Fayetteville users build and play Over the past year , the Fayetteville Free Library (FFL) has enjoyed the successful rollout of its Fabulous Laboratory (Fab Lab), a Maker space that resulted from the library’s commitment to community engagement and innovation. During this time, the library’s staff have been honored to speak about the Fab Lab and to explain not only its success but also the variety of challenges and assumptions that most libraries will face when developing a similar space. One of the most important contributing factors to FFL’s success is its culture of innovation that requires the team to think beyond the limitations of the past and to imagine a new vision for the community. As part of this culture, FFL has developed a staffing model that takes advantage of our close proximity to Syracuse University’s iSchool, one of the most renowned library and information science schools in our nation.

Join us for theLJ Tech Summit Register today! Staff buy-in. The Makings of Maker Spaces, Part 2: Espress Yourself. Espresso Book Machines tie self-publishing to Maker culture In his presentation at the 2012 Computers in Libraries conference, Fiacre O’Duinn defined Maker culture as “learning through hands-on creation; a combination of technology, art, and citizen science; and a sharing of results and, often, process.” Whether its via 3-D printers, microcontrollers, knitting, or gardening, Makers want to shape everyday objects to be reflections of themselves, not have their identities be made up of the objects they use. Over the past 40 years, public libraries have followed popular culture through the ever-more-abstract artifacts of the digital age, offering music and video in every format, public computers for Internet access, online branches, and downloadable content. Now, some libraries are following Maker culture back to things we can hold in our hands. One unexpected tool in this return to the physical is the Espresso Book Machine from On Demand Books.

Join us for theLJ Tech Summit Register today! The Makings of Maker Spaces, Part 1: Space for Creation, Not Just Consumption. Maker spaces in libraries are the latest step in the evolving debate over what public libraries’ core mission is or should be. From collecting in an era of scarce resources to curation in an era of overabundant ones, some libraries are moving to incorporate cocreation: providing the tools to help patrons produce their own works of art or information and sometimes also collecting the results to share with other members of the ­community. Maker spaces promote learning through play; have the potential to demystify science, math, technology, and engineering; and encourage women and under­represented minorities to seek careers in those fields. They also tie in to the growing trend of indie artists in every medium—including books—who are bypassing traditional gatekeepers, taking advantage of new tools to produce professionally polished products, and going direct to the web to seek an audience.

Libraries around the United States offer tools for patrons to learn by doingBy Lauren Britton R. PIXIO — Magnetic Construction Set In The Pixel Art Style by PIXIO. For this purpose, we chose the ideal shape — a cube, like a pixel in the digital world. At the same time, this is the most fundamental form and absolutely symmetrical volume object with an equal number of faces. It is perfect both mathematically and aesthetically. As connectors, we decided to use powerful magnets so that we could connect the blocks on any side. One PIXIO is a plastic cube 8x8x8 mm in size, weighing just over 1 gram, inside of which are 6 powerful magnets. The polarity of the magnets are arranged in such a way that the cubes can be connected to each other in any sequence by different sides.

In PIXIO, we use Neodymium (Nd-Fe-B) magnets. PIXIO is available in 16 colors: Red, Orange, Yellow, Light green, Green, Turquoise, Light blue, Blue, Violet, Pink, Tan, Light brown, Brown, Gray, Black, and White. We are working on instructions for many hundreds of characters, and we will be ready to release an application that will clearly show how easy it is to create awesome items. Art: 27 Makerspace Materials & Supplies - Free Supply List (PDF) – 100+ Makerspace Materials and Supplies What makerspace materials and supplies should you buy or stock for your hands-on learning lab? There are a lot of options out there to choose from and it can be confusing when you’re first starting out as a maker educator.

Instead of just spending money randomly on items you think you will need, it’s always a great idea to work backwards first. You need to make a list of your goals for your makerspace and then define some of the projects you want to do in your makerspace. Once you have defined the projects, you will have a better idea of the materials you need to buy. Since money is always tight and you can’t buy everything, try partnering with another maker educator and share/trade some of your items. Lets say you’re both working on a series of robotics lessons. Here are some of the top makerspace materials and supplies a classroom or library should consider adding to their space. Robotic story about UTA Research. As we walked down to the University of Texas at Arlington theater from Julienne Greer’s office, the assistant professor of theatre arts: social robotics and performance, had to cradle her robot, NAO, like a sleeping toddler. The robot’s arms slumped against her body, making it difficult for her to pull her keys out of her pocket.

She dropped them, joking about its toddler qualities. Once inside, we situated NAO onstage for photos, as curious students asked questions, fascinated about why a robot belongs in the theater. This 2-foot-tall robot knows Shakespeare. NAO doesn’t just recite. NAO (pronounced “now”) is a fascinating machine. “I’m humanizing social robots so people want to interact with them more,” she said. Greer doesn’t just want to pull a robot out of box and set it in front of a person. Using her extensive background in physical theater, video game work and humanities, Greer creates a more affecting way for robots to emote.

People still fear robots, she said. UTARI (University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute) Maker & DIY Programs. Maker enthusiasts: anyone can edit this page. Please share your resources here! You may also be interested in our STEM Resources page and our Teen Programming Guidelines from YALSA (.pdf) Activities Congressional App Challenge (for teens)Digital Learning DayDo Now (weekly activity for teens to do via social media from KQEDHour of CodeMaker Party (hosted by the Mozilla Foundation)6 Second Science Fair (create a Vine video showing off your science project & use the hashtag #6secondscienceTeen Read WeekWeek of Making, June 17 - 23 (sponsored by the White House) Resources Makerspaces & ongoing maker programming Have a makerspace, pop-up maker space, mobile maker lab or ongoing maker programming at your library, school, museum or youth center?

Funding Organizations Research & Reports. Makerspaces in Libraries. Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric. While many teachers are excited about the maker movement and may even be creating projects for their classrooms, assessment can be puzzling even to veteran classroom teachers. How can teachers prove that deep, rich learning is occurring through making?

How do we justify a grade to students and parents alike, especially to the student who "just isn’t good at art"? By crafting a three-part rubric that assesses process, understanding, and product, teachers can rest assured that they are covering all the bases. Part 1: Process The process of making in the classroom needs to be incorporated in the final grade. Is each student fully engaged? Photo credit: Lisa Yokana As part of a recent project in my school's senior-level public policy class, students crafted scale models of Lower Manhattan in preparation for a disaster simulation. Students created a scale model of Lower Manhattan in City 2.0 at Scarsdale High School. Part 2: Understanding Habits of Mind What was difficult? Part 3: Product. Coding with Ozobots. Calibrate Your Ozobot What does this mean? Ozobot’s “eyes” (the sensors) are very sensitive to the surrounding light.

So much so that, if the paper changes or if you go closer to the window, it affects how Ozobot sees what’s underneath. To let Ozobot know what its surroundings are, you need to calibrate: Turn on the ozobot, place the ozobot on the black dot, and wait for it to turn green. Challenge 1: Coding with Ozobots Use your Ozobot reference chart, and your Coded Practice Sheet. Mini challenge: In any of the slots, mark (blue, black, blue) and (red, black, red) and (blue, green, blue). Place Ozobot on the line and see how the Ozobot understands the colors. Write the correct code on the sheet. Challenge 2: States of Matter Each group was given chart/butcher paper, a challenge card, markers, and an ozobot. Each group was given a copy of the story, and were to fill-in the proper ozobot codes for the correct state of matter. Challenge 3: Mapping Skills Each group was given a challenge card. What’s In Your Teen MakerSpace Manual? : Forms Edition. Makerspace-Playbook-Feb-2013.pdf.

The philosophy of educational. A Librarian's Guide to Makerspaces: 16 Resources. "There were more than 135 million adult makers, more than half of the total adult population in America, in 2015. " What is a makerspace? You’ve no doubt been hearing that word more than a few times over the past several years. Makerspaces, also called hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs, are collaborative spaces where people gather to get creative with DIY projects, invent new ones, and share ideas. Since the first official makerspace convened six years ago in a library in upstate New York, libraries have remained an ideal setting for makerspace events across the country.

Many offer community resources like 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies, and more. The idea of a communal creative space has only gained momentum and become increasingly popular over the years, and the makers’ movement shows no signs of slowing down. There were more than 135 million adult makers, more than half of the total adult population in America, in 2015. 1.) 2.) 3.) 4.) 5.) 6.) 7.) Cubit - Electronics for Everyone. Launching a Makerspace: Lessons Learned From a Transformed School Library | MindShift | KQED News. Excitement about school makerspaces has been in the air, but many educators eager to create hands-on learning spaces in their schools still aren’t sure how to get started or why it’s worth the effort. New Canaan High School librarian Michelle Luhtala recently jumped headfirst into creating a makerspace in her library and documented what she learned, how her space changed and how it affected students along the way.

Her experience was very different from elementary school librarian Andy Plemmons, whose makerspace started with a 3-D printer obtained through a grant and blossomed into a core teaching resource at his school. Luhtala is blessed with a big library, but for most of her career it has been dominated by large bookshelves. Over time, Luhtala has pared down her collection as she increased the digital reading material the library offers, but in order to make room for a makerspace she cleared out 7,000 books.

A floor plan of shelving in Luhtala’s library in 2011. Want to Start a Makerspace at School? Tips to Get Started | MindShift | KQED News. As the Maker Movement starts to gain momentum, schools that are trying to find ways to foster the do-it-yourself environment can learn a few lessons from another nexus in the universe: public libraries. Dale Dougherty, founding editor and publisher of Make Magazine — and the de facto leader of the Maker Movement — has a vision to create a network of libraries, museums, and schools with what he calls “makerspaces” that draw on common resources and experts in each community.

Libraries and museums, he said, are easier places to incorporate makerspaces than schools, because they have more space flexibility and they’re trying to attract teens with their programs. “Schools have already got the kids,” Dougherty noted wryly, at the recent American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. One day during the conference, dubbed Maker Monday, focused on the Maker Movement, which emphasizes learning by engaging in tech-related projects. “Why are you here?” Makerspace Educational Library Ideas. Maker Space In Education Series… 10 Sites To Start Making In The Classroom.

Welcome back and I sure hope you enjoyed the last article of 20 Reasons for Maker Space in Education. I hope you enjoy this post as I highlight 10 sites to possible help you to get Making in the classroom… even if in the smallest way! I encourage you to send me information and resources you think help with this idea, as I am also Making time to learn. First, to ensure you do not miss one of these valuable posts or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS.

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MakerSpace: The Online Community for Makers. The Maker Educator Workshop. I am doing full day workshops on The Maker Educator both at ISTE 2016 and EduTECH in Australia. What follows is both the description-goals and an overview of the workshop’s learning activities. Workshop Description, Goals, and Outline Description Being a maker educator requires developing a new mindset; a new set of skills and roles. Discover, through this workshop, first, a process for reflecting on making through creating circuits and hacked toys, and second, through a self-assessment, the mindset characteristics of an educator who is embracing making education.

Goals By the end of this workshop, participants will learn and be able to apply: Outline Workshop Activities Introducing Maker Education – Frontloading the Maker Activity Making Paper Circuits and LED Projects Resources Like this: Capture the Learning: Crafting the Maker Mindset. You've heard some good stuff about the maker movement such as how making helps students learn through embodied cognition, creates a mindset that's empowering, and builds creative confidence. You're interested in crafting some maker lessons but don't know where to start or how to do something that works in your classroom.

Or perhaps you're worried that you don't have time to do a long, involved project. How do you still teach the Common Core or cover the required curriculum? These simple steps will get you started. Teaching Creativity? First, identify the content you need to teach. Start with a simple lesson or unit to get your feet wet. Second, think about the skills that you want students to use and practice. Third, think about restrictions or limitations for the project. Fourth, craft a main question, the simpler the better. The Power of Design Thinking Capture the learning. Grading creative projects can be difficult, so create a rubric that includes students' process. Makerspaces- Symbaloo Gallery. Makerspaces- Symbaloo Gallery. Brown Dog Gadgets. A Librarian's Guide to Makerspaces: 16 Resources.