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Using to Encourage Student Engagement by Teresa Gregory on Prezi. C31 very small - Copy. Color-Coded Clean Up: Organizing Your Makerspace. During the holiday break the Creativity Lab decided to take advantage of the student-free time by transforming the already awesome makerspace we’ve built, to an even more student-friendly place.

Color-Coded Clean Up: Organizing Your Makerspace

The golden rule in organization is this: in the end everything has a place, within the place it functions. To break this down a little, here are a few things to ponder when organizing your space: (1) Everything should have a place. What do we have? How much of it is there? (2) Try to arrange things by process or within in a place where it functions. Are stations necessary? (3) Adjust as you go. Are things working? Draft a little plan, do a sketch, talk to other teachers that use the space and go for it. Excellent things to have on hand during the process: Other great options, but not required: Magnetic SidingMagnetic Spice Holders for smaller materialsMovable CartsPeg-hole Board At Lighthouse we decided to color code our materials in small (shoe-box sized) plastic bins. Mr. Like this: Like Loading... Tech and non-tech MakerSpace activities for teens in “Octavian Goga” Cluj County Library, Romania. Teen community members are becoming more interested in creating content for themselves or others, not only in “consuming” it, so this is the main reason why the public libraries should assume new responsibilities.

Tech and non-tech MakerSpace activities for teens in “Octavian Goga” Cluj County Library, Romania

Libraries should facilitate the creation of knowledge in the community they serve, as they are considered institutions of knowledge, which not only provide access to information, but to a variety of activities. As a permanently changing and adapting public library, Romanian “Octavian Goga” Cluj County Library is exploring new ways to attract users and meet their needs by developing new programs and services. The Teenagers Department of the library has been organizing a series of activities that involve teenagers making things or content.

Tech-related activities The tech-related activities were organized as group workshops, under the guidance of professional trainers. The participants who chose to make their own short movies proved to be very creative. 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 Ha ha! Of course, we have suggestions, but it’s up to you to find the right combination of tools and materials for your students. Makerspace Playbook: Schools Edition guides those who are hoping to start a Makerspace at their school or in their community.

Budgeting for Tools and Their Care In addition there is maintenance. How to Use Recycled Tech Devices as Learning Tools. The idea of dissection in the classroom is nothing new.

How to Use Recycled Tech Devices as Learning Tools

Science teachers have been delighting (and occasionally sickening) students for decades by giving them hands-on experience with organisms and tools. What is new, however, is the movement to create un-making spaces in the classroom. Giving kids access to old, broken-down electronics and a safe place to take them apart as they seek to answer why and how things work is an effective and environmentally-friendly teaching technique. Makerspaces and Un-Makerspaces In a recent (excellent) Edutopia article, fifth-grade teacher Scott Bedley describes how he created an un-makerspace. However, Bedley also spoke with the makers at the Bay Area Maker Faire and realized that many of them took things apart when they were kids, as he did. Dissecting the Un-Makerspace: Recycled Learning. It starts with a twist, a squeak, and a cheer.

Dissecting the Un-Makerspace: Recycled Learning

Watch out, 1980s cassette player, broken computer mouse, old monitor -- my fifth graders and I are looking for you! Your future doesn't hold a dumpster in it, at least not yet. You, my memory of past innovation, get a second life. Why? For an "un-makerspace" inspired by a journey to the Bay Area Maker Faire two years ago. Making vs. Before we start taking apart the un-makerspace, we need to look at the maker movement. Evan's catapult with cardboard, popsicle sticks, and rubber bands. Photo credit: Scott Bedley.