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50 Resources for Makers and Creative Classrooms. If you’re anything like us, you’re always looking for new inexpensive (or better yet, free) resources that can introduce more students to STEM and maker education. There are a lot out there, but the really useful ones can be hard to find. Here, we’re excited to share 50 resources that we think are doing a great job of expanding access and pushing the envelope. Maker Resources Books for MakerEd Regional STEM Networks Is there a resource you would add to the list? This Smart List was developed by Getting Smart, who helps schools, districts, and impact-oriented partners design and implement powerful learning experiences and forward-leaning strategies, and thought leadership campaigns. 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. 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. 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.

Some schools have chosen to incorporate makerspaces within multiple classroom spaces. Self-paced Tutorials. Skills. 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. Find or Repurpose a Space Finding a room is easier than you think. 2. Start a maker club to raise money for the project, engaging the campus and local community. 3. 4. 5. About Us | Table Top Inventing. Mission|Vision|Values The company Table Top Inventing (TTInvent.com) is dedicated to helping educators and aspiring young makers find the path from consuming to creating. We are absolutely crackling with excitement over the potential of the myriad new technology tools to transform the way we interact with our own creativity and our culture.

There are so many new tools that allow even the uninitiated to connect into the “Maker” culture. This culture is a community of people who just love to say, “Hey, look at what I made!” For some it’s a practical search for a replacement part that can’t be found or new marketable job skills. Formerly known as Windy Ridge Innovation, we have renamed our company to more accurately reflect our mission, vision, and values. No matter what brings you to the Maker community, we are here to welcome you with a warm hand shake and help you find your way around. Come work with us! The people Debby and I in a “Leo and Kate moment” taken at our wedding. Steve. Lego ideas on Pinterest. 4 things to do at the Maker’s Playground at ISTE 2014. Makey makey piano by Waag Society on Flickr Maker education is about much more than creative learning spaces, 3D printing, robotics and other fabrication tools.

It lets students define and solve problems and gives them time to brainstorm, invent, design, fix mistakes, test and improve. Teachers become mentors and guides in a maker classroom, encouraging students to think critically, adopt a growth mindset and explore. “My hope is that by encouraging young people to tinker with their world we’re empowering them to reinvent it,” says Shari Tishman, director of Harvard University’s Project Zero. Having a dedicated space where students can create and tinker can enhance their experience with making, but you don’t need a separate room or “makerspace” to incorporate maker education into your classroom. According to Sylvia Martinez, co-author of popular book Invent to Learn, “making connections and making meaning are the true results of classroom making, not the plastic or cardboard artifacts.” Inexpensive making in the classroom. Photo by Digital Harbor Foundation It seems like everywhere you go, someone is talking about the maker movement, making or people who are makers.

You may also be hearing about making in the classroom and, as a teacher, wondering how you might bring making to your school. The makers are taking over ISTE 2014 with sessions, hands-on playgrounds, interactive workshops and more. But why? Maker education programs are cropping up in schools across the nation as the maker movement gains momentum. Making relies heavily on skills such as problem solving, innovative and creative thinking, and perseverance — and it promotes positive mindsets and attitudes.

Making often incorporates modern technologies such as 3D printing, micro controllers (such as Arduino) or robotics. At Digital Harbor Foundation, we find and create maker activities and resources that are accessible and affordable for our youth. Here are three inexpensive ways to start making in your classroom: 1. 2. 3. Learn more at ISTE 2014. How to Apply Design Thinking in Class, Step By Step. By Anne Stevens For educators ready to try the idea of design thinking, you’ll be glad to know it does not require extensive transformation of your classroom. That said, it can be a transformative experience for all involved.

Here, we try to answer your questions about integrating different components of a design learning experience into familiar, pre-existing scenarios that play out in every school. Can my classroom become a space of possibility? For students, the best classroom experience is a space of possibility. It can be challenging to transition a traditional classroom into a space of possibility. But in a classroom that is a space of possibility, the students have agency, and the products and processes can be moving targets. Can I run a design thinking classroom on Tuesdays from 1-3pm? You can run a flexible studio space in your classroom for a certain part of the day. I am not a designer. The first place to seek the curriculum is in your classroom’s daily activities. Related. MAKE | DIY projects, how-tos, and inspiration from geeks, makers, and hackers.

Make | LEGO Letter board. I’ve wanted to make a LEGO letter board for ages since I saw a retro style peg letter board on Pinterest. I figured that this was going to be a mum project but as soon as I collected together the bricks I acquired a little audience. The audience soon took over. Apart from the fact these boards have that ‘monochrome cool thing’ going on, I love the idea that we can update these regularly with different fun quotes.

The kids always want to read them and my 5 year old son is experimenting with forming the letters himself. You could mount these in a frame or just have them leaning on a desk. How to Unfortunately LEGO don’t make a large black base plate so I took a grey one and filled it out with smaller black plates. Then I found a pixel style font like this one at font squirrel and used the test drive feature to write out my quote. To make the words I used LEGO tiles. 30 Projects in 30 Days: Maker Camp Returns. Aspiring inventors between 13 and 18 years old are working together through Google+ for a free, online summer camp for kids compelled by building, tinkering and exploring — the essence of project-based learning.

Anyone familiar with Maker Faire will immediately understand how Maker Camp appeals to kids by targeting smaller-scale projects. Imagine a science fair combined with a field trip and a laboratory — then add your social network. In addition to those tuning in from their own computers, nearly 350 maker camps have been established worldwide, where kids work together in person instead of online. This year's Maker Camp had 2.2 million followers on Google+ a few hours before it launched Monday afternoon. The camp's third annual session kicked off with a guest appearance from NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who told campers about the Mars Cycler program. In the coming weeks, campers will explore six themes: Week 1: Makers in Motion — Projects include building a stroboscope and a gyrocar. 24 Unique Maker Education Resources For Teaching & Learning.

24 Unique Maker Education Resources For Teaching & Learning by Mike Acedo 1. Makezine.com is a major hub for the maker’s movement, providing amateur makers and educators with a plethora of information, resources, and project ideas to implement for themselves, or in their classrooms. 2. This UK based tech company seeks to provide children of all ages and backgrounds with cheap, quality computers in hopes of educating kids in computer programming. 3. The Maker Faire is an annual festival that takes place in multiple locations around the world, bringing together inventors, scientists, engineers, educators, tech enthusiasts, among other makers, to showcase innovation, learning, and celebrate the maker’s movement. 4.

& 5. Instructables is place where anyone can explore, learn, and share different creations and projects. 6. 24.