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Makerspace Vision. Makers Day. Challenges. Library Makerspace websites. Maker Education Initiative – Every Child a Maker. Raspberry Pi. Resources. New Ideas for Better STEAM Programs. It was full STEAM ahead during the third week of SLJ’s online Maker Workshop.

New Ideas for Better STEAM Programs

The lively group of public and school librarians (and Twitter followers using the #LTCmaker hashtag) heard from two leaders in the initiative to add art to STEM-based maker spaces, aka STEAM. Allison Vannatta of littleBits’ global education team shared news of their innovative electronic module kits. She was followed by Arapahoe (CO) Library District Supervisor of tech experience and digital services Nick Taylor revealing the latest development in his maker space realm. Open hardware ingenuity draws younger kids Back in 2011, MIT Media Lab alum Ayah Bdeir had an idea.

The result was littleBits, a line of DIY electronics lessons that encourage young tinkerers design and prototype an amazing range of inventions. There is a huge and growing network of littleBits devotees, sharing ideas and lessons on the Community page of, as well as on YouTube. Evolution of a Maker Space, From “Monstie Stuffie” Projects to a Giant Catapult. LittleBits activities at the circulation desk in Colleen Graves’s school library.

Evolution of a Maker Space, From “Monstie Stuffie” Projects to a Giant Catapult

Two years ago, I was asked to write an article for Knowledge Quest about how I created a maker space at Lamar Middle School in Flower Mound, TX. That first year of programming is so different from what I do now that I thought it pertinent to chart how our maker programming (#Makered) has evolved. During my first year as a librarian in 2012–13 my Teen Advisory Board (TAB) helped me redecorate a small office located behind our circulation desk. Making an Educational Makerspace. Wizzbangz S.T.E.A.M with a Bang! - Maker Faire Orlando. Our bus will be open to tour and we will display/demo projects that we have worked on with our educational classes and our Curiosity Hacked guild.

Wizzbangz S.T.E.A.M with a Bang! - Maker Faire Orlando

These will include 3D printed solar car and robot, DIY Arduino Laser tag guns, 3D printed engineering/building tools for use with common house hold items, Mini robotics powered by scratch, Water powered bottle rockets and other hands on actives for adults and children to do. Categories: 3D Printing, 3D Scanning, Arduino, Art, Craft, Education, Electronics, Engineering, Hackerspace, LEGO, Makerspace, Robotics, Workshop Exhibit Location: OMA Parking Lot, Orlando Museum of Art. Makerspaces in Schools on Pinterest. Setting Up Your Own MakerSpace. Lewis and Clark's MakerSpace Adventure!

Setting Up Your Own MakerSpace

As told by Angela Rosheim, Teacher-Librarian My Blog: Lewis and Clark Learns Visit my blog to get a glimpse into our library. Starting a Makerspace on a Budget? Here's The Equipment You'll Need. Most of the things that involve computers are solitary endeavors.

Starting a Makerspace on a Budget? Here's The Equipment You'll Need

Writing. Programming. Building electronics projects. It’s not unheard of for creative-minded geeks to lock themselves away for days at a time, isolated from the world, and hack away on their projects. But the problem is, that’s not particularly healthy. People are social animals who crave interaction, and affirmation. Re-inventing the Wheel: A Fresh Look at Maker Ed [edWeb2015] Dissecting the Un-Makerspace: Recycled Learning.

It starts with a twist, a squeak, and a cheer.

Dissecting the Un-Makerspace: Recycled Learning

Watch out, 1980s cassette player, broken computer mouse, old monitor -- my fifth graders and I are looking for you! How to Use Recycled Tech Devices as Learning Tools. The idea of dissection in the classroom is nothing new.

How to Use Recycled Tech Devices as Learning Tools

Science teachers have been delighting (and occasionally sickening) students for decades by giving them hands-on experience with organisms and tools. What is new, however, is the movement to create un-making spaces in the classroom. Giving kids access to old, broken-down electronics and a safe place to take them apart as they seek to answer why and how things work is an effective and environmentally-friendly teaching technique. The World is Your Platform. Maker Education - About Maker Education.

Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers. Lots of teachers have been asking us how to set up a Makerspace at their school.

Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers

As part of our Back to School series, we’re sharing an excerpt from the Makerspace Playbook: Schools Edition. Once you have a space where you and your students can work, you’ll want to outfit it with the tools, equipment, and materials your Makerspace needs in order for your students to accomplish their projects. But before you go on a shopping spree and max out your credit card, assess what your Makerspace will actually require. You don’t necessarily need a fully equipped shop. Sometimes an empty countertop might be more valuable than a fancy new machine. Show Learners the Possibilities . . . And Then Get Out of the Way. We are living in an age of advanced user-driven technologies, information abundance, and networked, participatory learning.

Show Learners the Possibilities . . . And Then Get Out of the Way

It should logically follow, then, that education should take advantage of these amazing developments. As many of us in education know, it has not. This theme has permeated many of my blog posts: Moving from Education 1.0 Through Education 2.0 Towards Education 3.0 The evolution of the web from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 and now to Web 3.0 can be used a metaphor of how education should also be moving, developing, and evolving from Education 1.0 towards that of an Education 3.0. Color-Coded Clean Up: Organizing Your Makerspace. During the holiday break the Creativity Lab decided to take advantage of the student-free time by transforming the already awesome makerspace we’ve built, to an even more student-friendly place.

Color-Coded Clean Up: Organizing Your Makerspace

The golden rule in organization is this: in the end everything has a place, within the place it functions. To break this down a little, here are a few things to ponder when organizing your space: (1) Everything should have a place. What do we have? How much of it is there? Scratch + raspberryPI. Maker Spaces. Edutopia. Quin: My name is Quin and I live on the central coast of California. I really like to do embedded electronics, soldering, hacking, 3-D printing and laser-cutting. It’s really cool seeing your project come to life. I used to do a lot of LEGO stuff, like taking things apart, and a computer is something that you can easily take apart and sometimes not as easily put it back together.

And so I got an interest in that and I went to the Maker Faire in San Mateo in 2011 with my dad and so there I got my first Arduino. This is the Arduino. So here I’m using my phone and when I text it a certain command, like “LED ON”, then it goes through the Internet and comes back to the Arduino. The main thing that’s special about this is that you can program it to do whatever you’d like. This a WeevilEye kit. The DIY World of Maker Tools and Their Uses. The Maker movement is spreading through schools. You'll see many tools becoming part of unique maker ecosystems in schools based upon teacher expertise and student interests. (For more about the Maker movement read How the Maker Movement is Moving into Classrooms.) Let’s look at the most common tools being used in makerspaces. 3D Printers.


6 Strategies for Funding a Makerspace. The Maker movement continues to gain momentum. At this year's White House Science Fair, President Obama invited Super-Awesome Sylvia from Auburn, California to exhibit her water color robot as a representative of the Maker community.

At the same event, the Corporation for National Service announced its commitment to place Americorps VISTAs in Maker movement organizations across the country. Maker Ed is placing those Maker VISTAs in makerspaces to help build their capacity for engaging low-income students as makers. In this spirit, we are starting to see more and more makerspaces springing up in schools across the country. If you are a teacher experimenting with making projects in your classroom, here are some successful fundraising strategies we've seen educators use to fund a makerspace for their school community. 1.

Finding a room is easier than you think. Designing a School Makerspace. Makerspaces, STEAM labs and fab labs are popping up in schools across the country. Makerspaces provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering and tinkering. PVC Maker Bench Table Plan. School Makerspaces: Building the Buzz. If you build it, will they come? Just because you create a makerspace (PDF) in your school doesn't guarantee that your community will embrace it. Students who have had all personal choice removed by traditional educational models can be passive and feel overwhelmed when faced with real-world problems or design challenges.

Makerspace-Playbook-Feb-2013.pdf. Make it @ Your Library...Part Deux, Denton ISD TIA 2015 - Google Slides. Make it @ Your Library, Denton ISD TIA 2014 - Google Slides.

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G. E. N. I. U. S. Generating in Education New Ideas and Understandings for Students. Paper Plate Marble Track. Transforming Libraries through Technology. As more e-books and computers are replacing good, old fashioned paperback books, libraries are trying new and creative ways to maintain their roles as community learning centers. Creating makerspaces is one of the progressive solutions and this past year, we’ve been part of this exciting transformation taking place in a variety of settings. A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet. Explore Resources. Scratch - For Educators. Music Fun For Kids! Microcontroller Kit. The World is Your Platform. Setting Up Your Own MakerSpace. 5 steps for creating a custom makerspace. By Laura Fleming April 14th, 2015 Start your makerspace on the right foot with these steps A couple of years ago, my son won an award in preschool for being “Eager to Learn.”

I remember having such mixed emotions on the day he won the award. Why The Maker Movement Matters. I get caught up in things. Informercials. Digital Breadcrumbs on Pinterest. Educational Psychology and Educational Technology Programs. Search results for makerspaces. On Monday and Tuesday of next week I have the honor of presenting to a variety of educators including administrators, teacher librarians, technology coordinators, and classroom teachers at the TIES Conference in Minneapolis. My presentations focus around makerspaces and the importance of the make movement and these spaces in education. Videos/Podcasts. Buying Choices: Artec RC Cube Car. Amazon. Coming Soon. Amazon. Connected Educators - Bookpage. Makerspace-Playbook-Feb-2013.pdf. Susan S. Wells. Copernicus Educational Products. 10+ Ways to Fund your Tech Needs.  News, updates and a free downloadable guide to STEM (Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics) educational grants for K-12, educational non-profits, & universities.

Build Something Bold Library Design Award. School Library Journal’s (SLJ) Build Something Bold Award, sponsored by LEGO® Education, will honor creativity in programming and lesson plans that incorporate hands-on learning and its meaningful infusion in the library or classroom as led by the librarian or media specialist. We are seeking nominations from elementary or middle school libraries and media centers that demonstrate the exemplary and creative use of the school library and its resources to engage children with hands-on learning techniques to promote multiple literacies, from basic reading to digital skills.

Whether you’re planning to develop a program or already engaged in creative, hands-on activities in your library, we want to hear from you. One Grand Prize winner will be featured in an SLJ cover story and receive exciting prizes from LEGO® Education. Let's Get Together, Better: Rethinking Collaboration at SXSWedu 2015. #SXSWedu Makerspace Core Conversation and Takeaways. The SXSWedu conference was transformational! I was only able to attend a couple of days, but those two days have me buzzing with ideas! SXSWedu Schedule. SXSWedu Schedule. Piktochart Infographic Editor. The Show Me Librarian: Let's Get Together, Better: Rethinking Collaboration at SXSWedu 2015. Maker Librarians Bring It to SXSWEdu 2015.

The Maker Space Difference: Amazing Inquiry, Shared Learning. Folding Book Art - Wedding Table Numbers. Blockly Demo: Arduino. Creative Computing. Makerspace Resources. Library Makerspace - Orchard School Library. K-12 Fab Labs and Makerspaces. Library Makerspace Resources - Google Docs. Programming for Everybody (Python) Library MakerSpace. View Materials. Google CS First. Scratch - Imagine, Program, Share. Perry Township Resource Portal. Maker and Hacker Activities for Young People on Pinterest. The next revolution in 3D printing begins in the classroom. Follett Learning, MakerSpaces in Your Library. STEM-and Maker Spaces on Pinterest. MakerSpace: The Online Community for Makers.

Makerspace Playbook, School Edition. Maker Movement Resources - Welcome to the Frances Hart Ewers Memorial Library - LibGuides at East Lyme High School. Online Resources - Pathfinder K-8 Library. Makerspace-Playbook-Feb-2013.pdf. Storium For Schools Brings Narration, Gameplay to the Classroom. A Librarian's Guide to Makerspaces: 16 Resources. The World is Your Platform. Spool Knitting - How to Spool Knit. Resources: Makerspaces and Hackerspaces. Book Art- How to Fold a Book into a Word. Learn How To #InventAnything.