8 Tips in Taking on School-Wide Makerspace Leadership. I’m now a little over a month into my new role as the coordinator of our brand-new makerspace in my PS-8th grade school here in Seattle, and I’m honestly loving it every bit as much as I expected!
Over the course of this month, 450 students made prototype boats for their stuffies (PK), built “doodle bots” (K and 1), “hacked” their notebooks with surface-mount LEDs (2), made dioramas powered by Hummingbird Robotics kits (3 and 4), designed and laser cut labels for their new classroom spaces (5), made postcards using the greenscreen of themselves visiting exotic locales (5 French), built casino games for math class (6), and built symbolic representations of their personal core values (8). 7th grade will be building turbine-driven generators next week!
And, that’s not even a comprehensive list… 1. Your planner must be permanently affixed to your person. 2. There have been days when there were literally only 30 minutes in the whole school day when there were no classes in our makerspace. 3. There's a Maker Faire in That iPad! 10 Ways to Create Student Makers With Apps - Getting Smart by Alison Anderson - edapps, iPad, maker, maker fair, makerchat, makered. Too often the word on the street is “my school or class has new iPads but we don’t know what to do with them.”
The best part about these devices is that they get the learning into the actual hands of students- make learning “hands-on.” That is NOT a new concept. Dewey, Montessori, David Kolb knew this long before the digital age- constructivism is one of the most effective ways to learn anything. These days, the word “maker” can be interchanged for “constructivist” and the Maker Movement is really starting to sweep the country. The White House announced last week they would host their first Maker Faire this spring (follow the hashtag, #IMadeThis). These are all exciting events but all students should have easy access to becoming a maker. 1.
DIY.org (app and webbased) has it all! 2. Play-i Bots: coming soon – these little bots will take the code written on the ipad and make it come to life in the real world. 3. 4. 5. 6. Foldify: Don’t have the cash to get a 3D printer? 7. 8. 9. Libraries & makerspaces: A revolution? One of TASCHA’s recent research projects is focusing on innovation spaces (including makerspaces), and what the implications and opportunities are for libraries.
We are working on crystallizing some aspects of this research and where we see it heading. We’re lucky to have maker movement maven Lauren Britton here with us in Seattle for a week to help us flesh out our ideas and contribute her expertise in the area. Lauren was one of (if not THE only) groundbreaking leaders of the makerspace movement within libraries. To maximize Lauren’s time with us, we invited our colleagues and students from the University of Washington to join us for an informal discussion on libraries and makerspaces. Lauren kicked off our discussion by providing a background on makerspaces, definining a makerspace for us, and shared her experience setting up a makerspace in the Fayetteville Free Library in central New York. Here’s a recap of our lively and informative discussion. What is the makerspace movement? 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.
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.
Our Makerspace Journey. Our Makerspace has changed, grown and evolved since it was first conceived and started in January 2014.
Follow along with the story of our journey here. Hopefully it will inspire you to start your own Maker journey January 2014: It was around this time that I first began to learn about Makerspaces and the Maker Education Movement. I had always wanted to find a way to incorporate STEM concepts into our library, and I was intrigued by the idea of STEM focused centers. And Design, Make, Play: Growing the Next Generation of STEM Innovators . At this point, I began sharing my vision of starting a library makerspace with pretty much anyone who would listen. February 2014 My school began piloting 6th grade clubs, so I created a K’nex club. March/April 2014 Our K’nex club continued, building models of London monuments for our Spring Bookfair. I visited the local Gulf Coast MakerCon and started making connections with local Makerspaces. May 2014 June/July 2014 August/September 2014 December 2014. 27 Makerspace Materials & Supplies - Makerspaces.com.
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