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School Library Journal. Invention Tie-in. Home - The Compassionate Maker - LibGuides at Islip High School. Ginaseymour. MakerCare: Service Projects As part of our MakerCare program, we use our school makerspace to create items to be donated to a variety of community agencies.


In the Fall we made plarn sleep mats for the homeless. It’s a great project, but for some this may be too time consuming. We had to cut up over 500 plastic bags, then all the crocheting in order to make just one mat. Well, here’s another option for those who want to upcycle plastic bags but have limited time working with youth – plarn jump ropes.

Here are instructions: 1. 2.


Case Study: How Louis Vuitton Uses 3D Printing. Recently, manufacturing has experienced a radical transformation.

Case Study: How Louis Vuitton Uses 3D Printing

Large, capital-intensive production lines fabricating thousands of the same parts or components have evolved to smaller, nimbler facilities fabricating small batch, customizable products and assemblies. The “go to” product for these newer facilities is the desktop 3D printer. To see this process in action, look no further than Louis Vuitton and the production of consumer products. - A Fun, Challenging, and Educational Puzzle Game for Kids. Part 5… 14 Amazing Project Sites…. A STEM, PBL, Common Core Series… A Goldmine of Resources. Welcome to a series that is must read for any PBL or STEM educator.

Part 5… 14 Amazing Project Sites…. A STEM, PBL, Common Core Series… A Goldmine of Resources

It will include information to reflect and build upon as you consider both PBL and STEM. Best of all, it will finish with over 50 amazing resources you will want to investigate. 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). Pinterest. Challenge Based Learning in Makerspaces. Design challenges have the power to encourage creativity in your students – by providing limitations and guidelines, students can actually become more creative.

Challenge Based Learning in Makerspaces

Learn strategies for creating design prompts, running challenges and incorporating the design process into projects with your students. We’ll discuss how to create open-ended challenges and material-specific challenges in a way that will maximize your students’ creativity, as well as how to create passive design challenges that require minimal supervision. We’ll talk about some of the problems that educators face when running challenges, how to help your students focus, and balancing guided projects, design challenges and open-ended exploration.

Whether you’ve had a makerspace up and running for years or are just getting started with the Maker Movement, you will leave this session feeling equipped to lead your students through design challenges that will spark their creative genius. Resources Curriculum Connections: Makerspace. ​The maker movement is about teaching and learning that is focused on student centered inquiry.


This is not the project done at the end of a unit of learning, but the actual vehicle and purpose of the learning. The time to change education is needed now more than ever. We are facing an educational system in crisis and a global economy feeling the ripple effect of this failure (Wagner, 2012). Wagner captured the voice of business leaders describing the need for students to graduate with the skills of creativity and innovation, and that our educational institutions are failing to meet this mark (2012). MakerKids Links - PLAY   LEARN   BUILD   CREATE. MakerKids Links are links to cool websites that bring you into the world of making.

MakerKids Links - PLAY   LEARN   BUILD   CREATE

Everything from computer programming to music to rocketry to bridge building. The links on the top of the list relate to projects we worked on last year.

Makey Makey

Novel Engineering – Home. Blikstein Martinez Pang Meaningful Making book. Maker Ed. The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks.'s Global Cardboard Challenge. Maker Education - About Maker Education. KitHub - Electronics Kits. We the Builders. DIY Walkers - Home. Limbforge. Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers. World Maker Faire and Education Forum. NOVA - Official Website. School of the Future PBS Airdate: September 14, 2016 NARRATOR: Children: our most valuable resource; in a rapidly changing world, how are we preparing them for the future?

NOVA - Official Website

Fresh hacks every day. July 26 – 30, 2018. 100 Engineering Projects For Kids - The Homeschool Scientist. Library Makerspace littleBits™ Task Cards by Mrs J in the Library. This set of printable task cards will help students learn the basics of using the littleBits™ Classroom Set and how they can be used to build circuits.

Library Makerspace littleBits™ Task Cards by Mrs J in the Library

This is a freebie for teachers and the littleBits™ community, and it has been updated as of November 2014 to fix the QR code link on the first task card. These cards are perfect for your library makerspace, STEM / STEAM program, or science classroom if you would like to give students a chance to learn by doing and create projects with lights, buzzers, and motors. If you aren’t familiar with littleBits™ or the maker movement, I have included a few links in the product’s teacher notes to give some background information.

Make It @ Your Library. A Year in the Life of a New Makerspace. Professional Development. Check out these video modules to get started and dive deeper into thinking about your Young Makers club!

Professional Development

Young Makers Introduction What is Maker Ed? What are Maker Ed’s mission and values? What is Young Makers? What does the Young Makers program include? Nation of Makers - A national nonprofit dedicated to helping support America’s maker organizations through advocacy, resource sharing, and the building of community within the maker movement and beyond. Eduporium. LEGO Challenge Cards - The Stem Laboratory. Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation - People Centered Problem Solving.

Project Implicit. GNU Image Manipulation Program. Enabling The Future – A Global Network Of Passionate Volunteers Using 3D Printing To Give The World A "Helping Hand.". How To Succeed When 3D Printing With PVA Support Material.

When Should You Use A Different Support Material?

How To Succeed When 3D Printing With PVA Support Material

If you’re printing other 3D filaments like ABS, PETG, Nylon, or TPE, which all print at a higher temperature or don’t stick well to PVA filament, use a different support material or even just use same-material support. Like HIPS, the perfect support for ABS, PVA does cost more than regular build materials, so if you’re printing a fairly simple model, a model with easy to clean supports, or you plan on finishing your 3D print anyways, then stick with printing your supports with the same material.

Maker Grants

DIY Virtual Reality Adventure. Enable Community Foundation. Robotics – Geek Forest. Teresa Flour Lamb. Multi3D. ComposiMold Reusable Mold Making Material. Maker Faire. Home - INNOVATION! Makerspaces in NYC School Libraries - LibGuides at NYC DOE Office of Library Services. Genius Hour - Where Passions Come Alive - Genius Hour. Worlds of Making @ NMHS. Setting up a Makerspace has been a priority of mine from the moment I started here at New Milford High School, and it’s already well on its way to being achieved.

Having a school principal who provides the perfect mix of encouragement and autonomy has, of course, been a great help, but it has also been very much a team effort: the school’s tech team and custodians have been very supportive and cooperative, along with a diverse variety of students interested in ‘making’ experiences. At the heart of the vision for my Makerspace is to develop the space and to provide resources and opportunities that will aid in promoting web literacy. These components encompass Mozilla's Web Literacy Standard. The standard is make up of three key elements: exploring, building and connecting and focuses on reading, writing and participating on the web. Building a culture of creativity and discovery in education.

Pixar in a Box. Projects Archive - Make: Hands-On Science Activities for After School Play. Introduction. Sylvia's Super-Awesome Maker Show! S4E1 Mini. Library makers. Fontichiaro Presentation. Bunhead With Duct Tape: Making Learning Stick - Home. Bay Shore Middle School Libratory - ABOUT US. What do maker projects look like in each subject area? If you’re interested in designing your own makerspace, check out the Makerspace Master Course.