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STEAM Learning with the Paper Chain Challenge. New Study Shows Makerspaces Develop Children's Creativity, Critical Thinking, Design Thinking & Digital Skills. The recently published research study report revealed that makerspaces can be highly effective at developing children’s creativity, critical thinking, design thinking and digital skills.

New Study Shows Makerspaces Develop Children's Creativity, Critical Thinking, Design Thinking & Digital Skills

Students were highly engaged with the 3D technology, and the idea of solving genuine design challenges – it helped boost their confidence and resilience when dealing with setbacks, particularly for those less capable students. In a different way, the research study showed that teachers became more comfortable with technology, and more collaborative and flexible in their teaching. After the Planning Phase: 7 Tips for Implementing a Makerspace. After the Planning Phase: 7 Tips for Implementing a Makerspace Districts with multiple makerspaces describe what works.

After the Planning Phase: 7 Tips for Implementing a Makerspace

Once a school district has completed the initial planning phase of their makerspace initiative — as described in a previous THE Journal article — it's time to let teachers and students start tinkering, creating and designing. Here, our expert educators offer seven tips for successful makerspace implementation. 1) Find Teachers to Champion the Movement Some teachers may be reluctant to venture into the makerspace. "You can't try these exciting learning initiatives without true champions for your building and your schools," said Justin Aglio, director of innovation at Montour School District in McKees Rocks, Penn. Making Space for Makerspaces. Making Space for Makerspaces By Karen Rubinstein05/15/2018 While conducting research for my recent graduate thesis to complete my Master's degree in Educational Technology from New Jersey City University, I uncovered the fact that the maker movement, a seemingly modern creation, actually has its roots traced back thousands of years ago.

Making Space for Makerspaces

Confucius and Aristotle were both proponents of learning by doing. 25 Makerspace (STEM / STEAM) Projects For Kids. Makerspace or STEM projects for kids don’t have to be complicated or expensive. In fact, some of the best projects use recycled or repurposed items like cardboard or soda bottles which means nothing to buy. Below, we’ve compiled some of our favorite projects that are great for makerspaces. Learn how to make a boat out of a soda bottle, create a car from cardboard and many more.

Build a simple circuit using a pizza box (no soldering required) Create circuit tiles which are interchangeable blocks used to form different circuits. Techlearning. Ww2.kqed. How to Develop a Successful Makerspace! In the United States, a trend has been established to encourage STEM learning (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) through Makerspaces and other critical thinking programs.

How to Develop a Successful Makerspace!

Makerspaces are providing the needed for space for human collaboration and teamwork which can include the use of anything from 3D printers to Robotics equipment to hand tools to Legos. What Is a Makerspace? If you are not familiar with a Makerspace, first know that a Makerspace is a designated place in a school, a university, a library, or any other educational setting set up with tools for various trades. It is a workspace for learners to collaborate, engage, practice, and work together to encourage the spread of knowledge and learning. Makerspaces can be set up for every kind of artisan, and are now becoming a very popular option in modern and new libraries, high schools, trade schools, and especially on university campuses’.

Makerspaces could be the secret to making smart cities smart. In the wake of the Paris agreement on climate change, cities have increasingly been seen as the laboratories where smart solutions for radically curbing global emissions are being cooked up.

Makerspaces could be the secret to making smart cities smart

Unlike countries, which are generally too large and unwieldy to make for good test subjects, cities represent ideal environments, in terms of both scale and governance, for understanding how to design for sustainability through resilience and circularity – arguably the two most critical features of future-proof societies. When proposals fall flat, as some inevitably will, cities can go back to the drawing board without too much fuss. And when they strike on scaleable solutions to intractable problems, cities can help disseminate them while at the same time reaping the benefits of their ingenuity through innovative public procurement models. Nimble public services. 6 GREAT Makerspace Practices That You Need to See - Worlds of Learning. One of the goals of my newest book, The Kickstart Guide to Making GREAT Makerspaces, was to highlight best practices in makerspaces around the world.

6 GREAT Makerspace Practices That You Need to See - Worlds of Learning

Since the book's publication, I have continued to see many people creating not just makerspaces, but GREAT makerspaces. I honestly could write another book based on all of the amazing things I am seeing happening, but wanted to share with you in this post, 6 that recently have stood out to me. 1. The Amherst Middle School Makerspace is not only open to students, but it is also open to the adults in their community. The principal, Porter Dodge, attended a lecture that discussed makerspaces for the students and that there are makerspaces for adults out there. 2. 3. 4. Fellows Three Things being a Maker Educator has Taught Me. In 2008 at my school ‘De Populier‘ we started with the ‘masterpiece’ project.

Fellows Three Things being a Maker Educator has Taught Me

It’s the last course before our students do their national exams. It’s a typical maker style course: students can make whatever they want as long as there is a challenge. They have to challenge themselves. It was the start of our maker program – although in 2008 the term “maker education” didn’t exist. The STEAM-Powered Elementary School: Montour Opens World's First Lego-Themed Brick Makerspace. Ed Tech Exemplars The STEAM-Powered Elementary School: Montour Opens World's First Lego-Themed Brick Makerspace Montour Elementary School's latest makerspace, the first of its kind powered by Lego Education, wasn't the school's first advanced, hands-on learning lab, and it won't be its last.

The STEAM-Powered Elementary School: Montour Opens World's First Lego-Themed Brick Makerspace

Montour Elementary students collaborate on designing and building cars, which they will then race down a custom track built by Montour High School students. 25 Makerspace (STEM / STEAM) Projects For Kids. FabLabs Are Showing That Student Makers Have Many Faces. Trend Alert: Breakerspaces. Digital learning teacher Kristen Angelle’s breakerspace station.

Trend Alert: Breakerspaces

Breakerspace. Toy Takeapart. Break & Make, Appliance Autopsy, and Deconstruction Station. Whatever you call it, a breakerspace provides students with toys, electronics, or appliances and lets them carefully take things apart to see what makes them tick. The making of a makerspace. The start of the school year at the Barack Obama Academy of International Studies 6-12, in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood, marked the opening of a new, state-of-the-art makerspace in the school’s basement.

The making of a makerspace

Funded by a $75,000 grant from Google, the makerspace named “MPowerStudio” contains a range of cutting-edge maker equipment, from seven 3D printers to vinyl cutters, a silk screen press, and two laser cutters. The grant also went to supporting Obama’s science programming, with 20 digital microscopes purchased with the funds, which was matched with 20 laptops by Pittsburgh Public Schools. The grant proposal was written by the school’s Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA), which spearheaded the project. Morningside opens new makerspace learning lab. If third-grader Piper Pritchard had a choice, she would spend all day in the new makerspace lab at Morningside Elementary School in Elizabethtown.

“I would choose makerspace over recess because we can create anything you want,” Piper said. Piper worked with her friends Lily Eitutis and Carlie Hum­phries to use items such as Legos, Popsicle sticks and coloring utensils to complete tasks in the lab. “It’s like science but having fun,” Carlie said. Lily agreed, saying it was “better than recess.” “(We want students to) experience, not just learn about science standards,” Hayes said. Student Ownership Over the Making Process. 10 Reasons to Create Makerspaces in Your School. A Makerspace Built by Elementary Students. When Ocean City Primary School, where I work, asked a group of 8-year-olds to create something, the students were given one design requirement: Whatever they created had to better the school community and solve a problem.

A Magnificent Marble Run. A Makerspace Built by Elementary Students. Top Ten Makerspace Favorites of 2017 - Worlds of Learning. This year's New Media Consortium/COSN's 2017 K-12 Horizon Report deemed makerspaces the future of edtech and predicted full adoption in K-12 in one year or less! It is more important than ever that we plan and create GREAT makerspaces! Part of doing so is selecting the right materials, resources and supplies to support the experiences you want your students to have in your makerspace. In what has become an annual tradition, I am thrilled to highlight some of my favorite makerspace-related things for this year. As always, I am grateful to my friend and colleague, Travis Lape, for his input on this list! 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.

AASL Post: What You Really Need to Create a Makerspace. Three hacks to create unforgettable maker projects in your classroom or library. Being an educator is exhausting and something it can be difficult to come up with new, exciting ideas that make students passionate about learning. Luckily for you, we share our secrets at the MakerBus and we’ve made a top three list of “hacks” that will help create unforgettable maker projects in your classroom or library each and every time. These ideas work on pretty much any project and work with virtually any budget and have allowed us to engage children, youth, and adults in unforgettable maker education projects.

Playing with the size of maker projects is a great way to make them unforgettable. Take the classic challenge of building a tower using only spaghetti, string, tape, and a marshmallow (if you’ve never try this challenge, check out the video below) as an example. By itself this challenge is a fantastic way to encourage team building and creative thinking. 5 tips for better makerspaces. What Do I Need For My Makerspace? Berkeley kids get their hands on math and science at Longfellow maker space — Berkeleyside. On a recent afternoon at Longfellow Middle School, an energetic group of students piled into a room that until recently served as the campus cafeteria. As Factories Fade, Rural District Builds Makerspace to Fill Talent Gaps. Want To Build a Great Maker Space? Plan Before You Play, Say Experts. The GWAEA Digital Learning Team Blog. Teachers talk: 12 makerspace must-haves for back-to-school. Transform your Makerspace & Support Your Team Through QR Code Scanning. One of the things I’m asked about most often is whether or not I have STEAM or Maker activities that I could share.

What’s interesting is that I’m hearing the same thing among maybe Teacher Librarians (TLs) across the country. I am always looking for ways to share experiences and get more resources into teachers hands in the most effective manner. Let’s face it, as educators time is limited but we all want to do the best for our students. Reflecting upon my own experience teachers would often approach the TL and ask them for activities but then TLs are forced to use their precious time which is valuable.

Is it a Hackerspace, Makerspace, TechShop, or FabLab? Ready, Set, LEGO Wall - TechNotes Blog - TCEA. Making experiences. Makerspaces are popping up in classrooms everywhere as teachers look for ways to spark creativity and nurture engagement. New Jersey educators Laura Fleming and Billy Krakower were among 20 educators selected this past spring to participate in littleBits Lead Educator program and test the company's new code kits with their students.

Maker Tidbit: Becoming a Maker - Pleasant Prairie Mini Maker Faire. By ekolosso, Aug 21, 2017. Ww2.kqed. Don't be a Makerspace Negative Nelly #MakerEd. MakerSpace: Legos! The one tool every makerspace needs? I maintain that a genuine staple of a good MakerSpace can be found in Legos. Make no mistake, Legos are not cheap, but they have a versatility about them. And you can get around the cost of Legos by buying random bulk packages off of Amazon. The future of many school libraries is anchored to makerspaces. Not long ago the New Milford High School library in New Jersey was pretty traditional. It had tall stacks of books and old wooden tables that didn’t move easily. The Guide to Maker Education. School Library Journal Online Course. Genius of Making: 5 Ways to Mash-Up Genius Hour and Your Makerspace - A.J. JULIANI. 10 Questions to Plan a Library Makerspace.

5 Tips to Create a Cost-Effective Makerspace Quickly. Six Ways to Build Girl-Inclusive Makerspaces. 250+ Makerspace Resources - FREE EBOOK - Makerspaces.com. Taking Makedo to the Classroom - TeachTechPlay. Why the School Library Is the Perfect Place for Maker Education. Makerspace How To. Makerspaces: Lesson Plans and Activities. Maker Space Ideas. A Content-Rich Maker Project. Why Makerspaces Are Perfect for School and Public Libraries – The Edvocate. How to Create a Makerspace in any Space – The Edvocate. Why the School Library Is the Perfect Place for Maker Education. Why Makerspaces Are the Key to Innovation – The Tech Edvocate. What a Makerspace Can Mean for the Writing Classroom—Takeaways from NWP Annual Meeting.

Makerspaces create incentives for English learners. On The Lesson Plan: Make Stuff. Fail. Learn While You're At It : NPR Ed. Collectively Flourishing. Educator with a Maker Mindset. Web Pages and other Resources on Makerspaces. Choosing the Right Products for Your Makerspace - Worlds of Learning. Edsurge. 3 Challenges As Hands-On, DIY 'Maker' Culture Moves Into Schools : NPR Ed. Top Ten Makerspace Favorites of 2015. Edsurge. Q&A with Makerspaces Innovator Laura Fleming on the Best Creative Spaces in K–12. Makerspaces Lead to School and Community Successes. Starting a School Makerspace from Scratch. "World's First" $9 Computer. 8 Design Steps for an Academic Makerspace. Maker Education Initiative.