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Setting Up Your Own MakerSpace

Setting Up Your Own MakerSpace
Lewis and Clark's MakerSpace Adventure! As told by Angela Rosheim, Teacher-Librarian My Blog: Lewis and Clark Learns Visit my blog to get a glimpse into our library. My MakerSpace Webpage We utilize this page often for our maker resources. Before Jumping In... Since you already know that you want to set up a MakerSpace you know that it is an area that provides hands-on, creative ways for students to design, experiment, and invent as they engage in science, engineering, and tinkering.” Before I started making specific plans for a MakerSpace in my library, I started reading everything that I could get my hands on that would inform me about such a space. Once you are informed, chat with your building leaders to share why your students need MakerSpace opportunities and the plan you have established to make it happen. I Recommend... @BrightLibrarian (librarian) @read4life (librarian) @koehnkfisher (librarian) @terteach (instructional media technologist) @KitchellS (instructional media technologist)

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The Makings of a Makerspace: Three Examples In late October, 2013, I visited several makerspaces in the bay area crammed into one day, and blogged about my discoveries here. Then, in summer 2014, I visited two more makerspaces and blogged about those here. Most recently, the fabulous Jaymes Dec hosted me at Marymount in NYC, Kat Sauter hosted me at Ann Richards STARS in Austin (whom I also visited back in 2013 before their makerspace!), and Ross Monroe hosted me at Edmonds Community College here in Seattle. (This great post by the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education at the University of Vermont also has some great ideas and examples for flexible physical learning environments.) Overall Organization

Starting a Makerspace on a Budget? Here's The Equipment You'll Need Most of the things that involve computers are solitary endeavors. Writing. Programming. Building electronics projects. Resources for Creating a Makerspace Are you ready to create your own Makerspace? Would you like some help? The Makerspace Lab website is designed to provide teachers, technology directors, librarians, hacker space designer and community leaders with information on how to make a Makerspace. The Makerspace community is very generous, and provides a lot of free information about how to build a space, lessons learned and tips for running a Maker Space. The following list of links should get you started. Come back soon as we add more DIY information. Wizzbangz S.T.E.A.M with a Bang! - Maker Faire Orlando Our bus will be open to tour and we will display/demo projects that we have worked on with our educational classes and our Curiosity Hacked guild. These will include 3D printed solar car and robot, DIY Arduino Laser tag guns, 3D printed engineering/building tools for use with common house hold items, Mini robotics powered by scratch, Water powered bottle rockets and other hands on actives for adults and children to do. Categories: 3D Printing, 3D Scanning, Arduino, Art, Craft, Education, Electronics, Engineering, Hackerspace, LEGO, Makerspace, Robotics, Workshop

6 Essential Tips for Designing Your Makerspace’s Layout When planning a makerspace, most think about designing for creativity. It’s important to think about the types of projects that will be completed in the space, how many people will use the space at any given time, and the equipment on your must-have versus nice-to-have lists. However, there are also a few considerations that often go overlooked. Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, a fully-accredited private school serving students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade with two locations in Suffolk, Virginia Space Utilization – Design, Fabrication, or Both? It’s important to consider where lab users will be designing versus making. Dissecting the Un-Makerspace: Recycled Learning It starts with a twist, a squeak, and a cheer. 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.

The ideas behind a school makerspace and its benefits for students – Rock Island Techie When I first heard about makerspaces, I wondered what was so unique about such spaces and what differentiated them from a classroom with materials for projects, the room I use as an office and keep all my art, tech, and office supplies, or even the garage or shed that my husband keeps all his tools and gear for various things. As I’ve learned more about makerspaces, I’ve realized that all these places (and many more) CAN be makerspaces and probably are often used that way from time to time. In a school makerspace, the actual space and tools (or supplies and resources) are just part of the equation; so what is the pedagogy behind a maker space in schools and how does that benefit students? “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” (Cooper, 2013, para 2). What does this mean for the teacher utilizing a makerspace with their students?

How to Use Recycled Tech Devices as Learning Tools The idea of dissection in the classroom is nothing new. 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

Learn All About STEAM Education and Maker Spaces from @GeekyTeach on this amazing podcast! · TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting NetworkbyJeffrey Bradbury Podcast: Download | Embed Is your school looking to develop a STEAM lab or a Maker Space? In this episode, Meredith Martin shows us how you can turn a simple room into the innovation lab of your dreams for pennies on the dollar! The TechEducator Podcast is a weekly round table discussion about current topics in educational technology. For more information, please visit

Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers Lots of teachers have been asking us how to set up a Makerspace at their 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. Show Learners the Possibilities . . . And Then Get Out of the Way We are living in an age of advanced user-driven technologies, information abundance, and networked, participatory learning. It should logically follow, then, that education should take advantage of these amazing developments. As many of us in education know, it has not. This theme has permeated many of my blog posts:

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. 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.