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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.

A Librarian's Guide to Makerspaces: 16 Resources

" What is a makerspace? You’ve no doubt been hearing that word more than a few times over the past several years. I want a Makerspace! How does MakerState inspire kids with a love of learning?

I want a Makerspace!

The core of our STEAM-mastery makerspace program is the Challenge. Challenges are 5-45 min. hands-on building projects which lead our kids into STEAM (science, tech, engineering, arts, math) mastery. Our Challenges are developed by experienced maker-educators and playtested in Pop Up Makerspaces with such partners as Stanford, NYU-ITP, EdLab Teachers College-Columbia University, and Highlander Institute. Here are a few of our Challenges: Challenge: Glowing Cyclops Mastery Area: Engineer Big Idea: In a circuit, electricity moves from an area of high potential energy (negative charge) to an area of low potential energy (positive charge), powering an output. Real World Challenge: Using a battery, copper tape, and an LEDs create a simple circuit that lights an LED. 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.

Maker Space In Education Series… 10 Sites To Start Making In The Classroom

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.

As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Booking Info – Time to think about your new school year needs. Maker Space In Education Series… 10 Sites To Start Making In The Classroom – Michael Gorman ( Whle an ultimate goal might be a school Maker Space, a single teacher may wish to consider a starting place that is practical and doable.

Like this: Libraries As Makerspaces and a Makerspace Information Blitz. FryskLab I spent most of Monday afternoon in two sessions about makerspaces: first, on teaching teens how to fail by two groups of librarians, one from the Free Library of Philadelphia and the other from the Denver Public Library.

Libraries As Makerspaces and a Makerspace Information Blitz

The second session was part of a “Makerspace information blitz”, which featured librarians from a variety of environments. Why the Maker Movement Is Important to America’s Future. Designing a School Makerspace. Makerspaces, STEAM labs and fab labs are popping up in schools across the country.

Designing a School Makerspace

Makerspaces provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering and tinkering. A makerspace is not solely a science lab, woodshop, computer lab or art room, but it may contain elements found in all of these familiar spaces. Therefore, it must be designed to accommodate a wide range of activities, tools and materials. Diversity and cross-pollination of activities are critical to the design, making and exploration process, and they are what set makerspaces and STEAM labs apart from single-use spaces. A possible range of activities might include: Cardboard construction Prototyping Woodworking Electronics Robotics Digital fabrication Building bicycles and kinetic machines Textiles and sewing Designing a space to accommodate such a wide range of activities is a challenging process.

Ask the Right Questions Going Forward. Makerspace Resources. Resources for Creating a Makerspace. Are you ready to create your own Makerspace?

Resources for Creating a Makerspace

Would you like some help? The Makerspace Lab website is designed to provide teachers, technology directors, librarians, hacker space designer and community leaders with information on how to make a Makerspace. The Makerspace community is very generous, and provides a lot of free information about how to build a space, lessons learned and tips for running a Maker Space. The following list of links should get you started. Come back soon as we add more DIY information.

Resources for Creating a Makerspace. I want a Makerspace! MakerState After School Program Offerings - Fall 2015 Ages 6-12 Scratch Video Game Design Programming & 3D Design Redstone Engineering & Minecraft Modding in Java Minecraft Storytelling & Adventure Mapping Rocket Scientists LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Comic Book Storytelling Stop Motion Moviemaking Creating Wearable Electronics, Spy Gear & The Internet of Things Non-Digital Game Design Workshop Structural Engineering Engineering Makerspace Eco-Engineering Junior Engineers 3D Design with TinkerCAD Paper Circuits Scratch Video Game Design Programming & 3D Design We’ll build programs, games, and animations using Scratch: the drag-and-drop, color-coded, event driven programming block editor, and create some epic 3D structures using the latest computer-aided design software (CAD).

I want a Makerspace!

Redstone Engineering & Minecraft Modding Minecraft Storytelling & Adventure Mapping Rocket Scientists LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Comic Book Storytelling Stop Motion Moviemaking. MakerKids. MakerKids.