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Ideas for creating a makerspace in a box. We were recently asked by a community partner what we would put in a makerspace in a box – something portable that could be transported for location to location to create pop-up maker experiences.

Ideas for creating a makerspace in a box

For this thought experiment let’s assume that in addition to our makerspace-in-a-box you would have access to basic equipment like computers, a tablet, and office supplies. Kickstart a Kids’ Makerspace. This article first appeared in MAKE Volume 38, on pages 28–29.

Kickstart a Kids’ Makerspace

There’s a scene in Iron Man 3 where a young boy comes home from school to discover that his workshop has been outfitted with just about every cool maker gadget and tool imaginable, all provided by billionaire Tony Stark as a thank-you to the boy for assistance earlier in the movie. Only a handful of tools are recognizable — what’s memorable is the huge grin on the kid’s face when he opens that door and sees all the possibilities that are available to him.

Yes, he’s a fictional character, but his real-life counterparts are out there — millions of American kids just waiting for their own workshops and hungry to learn and experiment and build. How many of the nation’s 54 million elementary and secondary students have access to the state-of-the-art tools that can spark creativity, nurture curious minds, and ignite the next wave of innovators? Probably less than 1%. The Tools 3D Printers. Creating a Classroom Makerspace  Image composite: mysondanube/sreville/viktor_vector/iStock/ThinkStock by Luz Rivas I first became interested in computer programming when I was in 5th grade.

Creating a Classroom Makerspace 

Resources - Mason Makerspace - Elementary School Libraries at Leander ISD Elementary Schools. Makerspace. SDPL Labs: A Third Place for Creative Expression Our friends Monnee Tong and Uyen Tran at San Diego Public Library are the fearless teen (and tech!)


Advocates behind our series on the SDPL IDEA Lab. Today, Monnee gives an overview of how the IDEA Lab works– from equipment & software, to partnerships, to staffing. Enjoy! ~Erinn by Monnee Tong The IDEA Lab—it started with an... College of San Mateo Library Makerspace Today we bring you a feature on the Makerspace at the College of San Mateo Library.

Integrating The Labs across CLP We’ve been documenting the evolution of The Labs at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh since 2012, when the project had just secured a pilot grant. Rob Dz in the Media Lab | The Bubbler @ Madison Public Library. Build a Makerspace. Introduction by Dale Dougherty, founder of MAKE How do we give young people more opportunities to become makers and learn practical skills they can apply to their own creative projects?

Build a Makerspace

The question comes up after each Maker Faire, when I see how young people are inspired by other makers. I know they leave and want to start making things. Could schools offer more opportunities for making things? Our Makerspace Projects on Pinterest. Makerspace Resources. Stocking Up School Makerspaces: Tools + Materials (Back to School) Lots of teachers have been asking us how to set up a Makerspace at their school.

Stocking Up School Makerspaces: Tools + Materials (Back to School)

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. The Perfect List. Pinterest. Library MakerSpaces on Pinterest. Attempts at using tech effectively in our classrooms. On October 1st I started on my efforts toward creating a set of Makerspaces in our school district.

attempts at using tech effectively in our classrooms

I immediately jumped into visiting the at Stanford, collecting every book I could on the topic, and applied to attend the FabLearn conference. A Makerspace has been my goal since the first day I started as STEM Coordinator last year, so when I was recently given the flexibility and permission to move forward, I jumped on the opportunity immediately.

3 Key Qualities for a School Makerspace. Over the past year I had the privilege of leading a team to create makerspaces in 15 high schools around the Bay Area.

3 Key Qualities for a School Makerspace

Our goal was to learn how to help educators create makerspaces in schools and use making in the classroom. Want to Start a Makerspace at School? Tips to Get Started. 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.

Want to Start a Makerspace at School? Tips to Get Started

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. Create a school makerspace in 3 simple steps. As maker education gains steam, many educators are looking for ways to incorporate making and tinkering into their schools and classrooms — often on a shoestring budget. “Kids are saying they want to learn more about technology and science, but they also want to experience it creatively and use it personally,” said Dale Dougherty, founder of Make Media, which produces Maker Faire and Make Magazine. He’ll address how educators can deliver these types of experimental learning experiences during ISTE 2014’s EdTekTalks, a provocative series of mini-keynotes from thought leaders beyond the world of ed tech.

“One of the ways we can do that is create more makerspaces for kids. Part of my talk will be leading the charge to say let’s build more makerspaces inside schools, libraries and even community centers.” 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. The maker movement: A learning revolution. By Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager 7/21/2014 Topics: Maker movement, Project-based learning The impulse to create is one of the most basic human drives. As far back as the Stone Age, we were using materials in our environment to fashion tools for solving the problems we encountered. And in the millions of years since then, we have never stopped creating. In fact, the rise of civilization is largely defined by the progress of technology of one kind or another.

Maker Movement Reinvents Education. Lectures are so old school; the Maker Movement is reinventing education You’ve hit your limit of 5 free articles this month.Try our subscription options: How the Maker Movement Is Moving into Classrooms. The Maker movement is a unique combination of artistry, circuitry, and old-fashioned craftsmanship.

Certainly, learning by doing or "making" has been happening since our ancestors refined the wheel. Don’t treat making as a sidebar to an already overtaxed curriculum. As you investigate the principles behind teaching STEAM via making, you'll see sound research from many educators throughout history, including Jean Piaget who, in 1973, wrote: What's the Maker Movement and Why Should I Care?

If something is worth doing, it's worth skipping lunch for. That may not be the official motto of Tracy Rudzitis's students at The Computer School in New York City, but it might as well be. On any given day, 50 of the sixth through eighth graders gather during lunchtime in the school's "Maker Space" to design their own video games, build robots, mix squishy circuit dough on a hot plate, or sew a wearable computer. Rudzitis is the digital media teacher at M.S. 245, The Computer School.

When it's not lunchtime, she teaches programming, information literacy, and design to the 350-plus middle school students. While her lunchtime crew started informally, the growing maker movement has certainly helped attract more students, and push those already interested to take on more elaborate projects. She says her experiences constantly remind her that children are capable of powerful ideas. Making Matters! How the Maker Movement Is Transforming Education. By Sylvia Libow Martinez and Gary S. Stager The Maker Movement, a technological and creative learning revolution underway around the globe, has exciting and vast implications for the world of education.

Makerspace-Playbook-Feb-2013.pdf. Makerspace Educational Library Ideas. Why the 'Maker Movement' is Popular in Schools. The maker movement is a global, DIY movement of people who take charge of their lives, solve their own problems and share how they solved them. ReMaking Education: Designing Classroom Makerspaces for Transformative Learning. The Maker movement is poised to transform learning in our schools.