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Hey, I Built a LEGO Wall! Here’s How. Photos courtesy of Margaret Jones My first crack at implementing a maker space in my school media center began in August.

Hey, I Built a LEGO Wall! Here’s How.

I posted a request for advice on creating a LEGO wall on the school library media specialist listserv, LM__NET. I received such encouraging responses (Thank you Pamela Thompson, Becky Brown, Nancy Gifford, Jennifer Chance Cook, Peg Noctor, and others!) , that I decided to embrace Nike’s “Just Do It” slogan and give it a try. Here’s my “recipe” for creating the wall. What you’ll need • A wall, or other vertical surface to build on • LEGO base plates. . • Fuze It or other adhesive • Caulk gun • Duct tape • LEGO (of course!) Building the wall Starting out, I took the advice of fellow LM_NET members and hosted a week-long LEGO drive. 5 Engineering Challenges with Clothespins, Binder Clips, and Craft Sticks.

Five engineering challenges for kids – with wooden clothespins, binder clips, and craft sticks!

5 Engineering Challenges with Clothespins, Binder Clips, and Craft Sticks

It’s a simple STEM activity that kids of all ages will love. Move over, expensive building sets! These simple materials were a huge hit with my boys. The first time we got them out, Owen (almost 7) spent well over an hour busily creating all kinds of designs. And that’s saying something, because out of all of our kids he has the shortest attention span by far. Engineering Project for Kids: Build a Straw Roller Coaster! 27 Makerspace Materials & Supplies - The 2nd Edition is now filled with 250+ MakerEd & Makerspace Resources Download the ebook here This latest edition is a collection of over 250+ resources to help you with your makerspace and maker education program.

27 Makerspace Materials & Supplies -

This ebook will be revised quarterly in order to add the latest resources available and to make sure all links are active. The latest revised edition will be sent out automatically to everyone who is currently subscribed. Download the ebook here 3D Modeling Software 3D Printable Models 3D Printing Materials/Filament 3D Printing News 3D Printers. Beginner Electronics Project: The TapeTricity Card. A TapeTricity solar system.

Beginner Electronics Project: The TapeTricity Card

Check out all those ringed planets! The train has left the station! A motivational frog with glowing red eyes. 7 tips for creating a learner-centered makerspace. FAQs about Makerspaces. 27 Makerspace Materials & Supplies - 27 Makerspace Materials & Supplies - School Libraries and Makerspaces: Can They Coexist?

More and more schools are coming to value maker education and exploring ways to create makerspaces in their schools.

School Libraries and Makerspaces: Can They Coexist?

Many schools are discussing how they might utilize their library to facilitate this. As my school has increased our commitment to constructionist learning and maker education over the last few years, we have done so in close collaboration with our school library. In exploring the relationship between the school library and school makerspace, it's not difficult to see why conversations about the growth of makerspaces are often tied to the conversation about the future of libraries.

Both makerspaces and libraries are constructivist learning spaces that share a number of common goals, while approaching them in different ways and through very different material resources. Similar Yet Distinct. A Thematic Approach to Planning Your Maker Space. When schools talk about the Maker Movement and creating maker spaces, they often focus their initial thinking on purchasing the tools and materials.

A Thematic Approach to Planning Your Maker Space

This resource-driven approach can create a buzz in your school for some time; however, that excitement will inevitably fade. While resources are an important part of any maker space, taking a thematic planning approach is much more effective. No two maker spaces are alike or should be alike. Developing appropriate and relevant themes for your space will ensure that your maker space is unique to the needs, wants, and interests of your students, and unique to your school community as well. A Librarian’s Guide to OER in the Maker Space. Dynamic, living, breathing, current, personalized, adaptive, engaging, creative, cutting-edge, and current are just some of the words that have been used to describe the open educational resources (OER) movement.

A Librarian’s Guide to OER in the Maker Space

The U.S. Department of Education recently expanded its efforts to increase schools’ access to high-quality, openly licensed learning resources, giving educators more access to technology to personalize learning for their students. Starting a School Makerspace from Scratch. Curiosity Machine. Our Makerspace Journey. Our Makerspace has changed, grown and evolved since it was first conceived and started in January 2014.

Our Makerspace Journey

Follow along with the story of our journey here. Tinkering Fundamentals: A Constructionist Approach to STEM Learning - Exploratorium. About the Course The Tinkering Fundamentals course will offer educators and enthusiasts an opportunity to develop a practice of tinkering and making.

Tinkering Fundamentals: A Constructionist Approach to STEM Learning - Exploratorium

We see tinkering as a serious endeavor--one that is generalizable across content and especially good at interweaving disciplines in a way that leads to complex projects and individualized learning opportunities. Tinkering has recently been introduced into the educational field as a potential driver of creativity, excitement, and innovation in science learning. It is seen by many as an effective means to engage in exploring STEM concepts, practices and phenomena.

For over a decade, the Exploratorium has been developing science-rich tinkering activities. Tinkering typically blends the high- and low-tech tools of science along with a strong aesthetic dimension that supports self-expression among children as well as adults. NOTE: This is a hands-on workshop, so you will need to obtain or purchase course materials as soon as possible. 1. 2.