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27 Makerspace Materials & Supplies - What makerspace materials and supplies should you buy or stock for your hands-on learning lab?

27 Makerspace Materials & Supplies -

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.

Here are some of the top makerspace materials and supplies a classroom or library should consider adding to their space. Legos: Lego education has curriculum ranging from preschool to high school. Playdoh: This makerspace material is primarily used for squishy circuits. We help your school or library make & run its own makerspace. Middle School Maker Journey: Top 20 Technologies and Tools. "It's not about the tool," they say -- but sometimes it is.

Middle School Maker Journey: Top 20 Technologies and Tools

In our middle school makerspace, students have been using a variety of tools and technologies in a variety of projects and activities. And there are many more that we've yet to explore and experience. While our makerspace is still in its infancy, it feels like we've had the program forever. As of this writing, a second group of students is in the midst of Design Experience One. We haven't had that much time to delve into projects in depth, but you can expect more from us later in the year. Before I go any further, let me say that we realize just how fortunate we are. The Lure of Bright, Shiny Objects Makerspaces are too often defined by things -- hardware, software, other technologies -- which can engender a shopping-list mentality among people interested in creating such a learning environment. 1.

We want students to collaborate effortlessly, express themselves freely, and do so in ways not possible in other classrooms. 2. 3. 5 Makerspace Books You Need to Read. There’s so many amazing books coming out now related to starting a school makerspace, and many of them are fantastic.

5 Makerspace Books You Need to Read

But for this post, I want to take a look back and focus on the five books that had the biggest impact on me as I was planning and creating my makerspace at Stewart Middle Magnet School. This was back in late 2013/early 2014, when there wasn’t a ton of stuff out there that specifically focused on school makerspaces. 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.

The Makings of Maker Spaces, Part 1: Space for Creation, Not Just Consumption

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. The Makings of Maker Spaces, Part 1: Space for Creation, Not Just Consumption. The Makings of Maker Spaces, Part 1: Space for Creation, Not Just Consumption. Creating Makerspaces in Schools. Two weekends ago, I attended EdCamp NYC at The School at Columbia, an independent school on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

Creating Makerspaces in Schools

One of the things I love about attending edcamps is that the day is always unpredictable because you don't know what will be discussed or who will be leading conversations until that morning. What ensued was an inspiring day focused on tinkering, exploration and innovation. A Day of Play and Exploration The day began with a discussion led by Don Buckley, The School's Director of Technology and Innovation, focused on design thinking in schools. Buckley used projects completed at The School to illustrate the various stages of design thinking, which include defining a problem, researching and creating a solution and a prototype, and implementing the solution.

The day ended with a session on 3D printing run by Don Buckley and Jaymes Dec. Design thinking, tinkering and exploring, designing and creating . . . Why Makerspaces? Bringing Makerspaces into Schools. Elementary Library Makerspace Resources. Collaborative Resources created with Mrs.

Elementary Library Makerspace Resources

J in the Library Elementary Librarians to Follow STEM Facilitators in Elementary Amazing Professors Teaching Teachers/Librarians Best Resources for Elementary School Makerspaces Instagram. Making Our Makerspace: Tips, Tricks, Resources & Ideas We Learned About Along the Way,