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Making use of online tools that serve to assist in the understanding, creation, and philosophy behind the operation of a functional Makerspace is imperative. MakerSpace teachers and facilitators face challenges that must be addressed on a continuous basis.

Knowledge and education are key to this process! The Makers Behind Successful Makerspaces in Higher Education. Ideas from the world’s leading makerspaces I recently had the opportunity to visit Stanford University for the International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces (ISAM).

The Makers Behind Successful Makerspaces in Higher Education

This was the third annual symposium dedicated to everything makerspace-related and helping to “foster community, networking, interaction and learning between people who are passionate about making.” Working at SolidProfessor and being a part of our vibrant academic community for over 10 years, I consider myself fairly informed when it comes to the maker movement but I learned at ISAM just how powerful a makerspace can be for students in their learning and exploration on campus. I was very impressed by the attendees’ dedication to their school’s makerspaces, and by the popularity of these makerspaces at their respective campuses. Elementary Library Makerspace Resources. Collaborative Resources created with Mrs.

Elementary Library Makerspace Resources

J in the Library Elementary Librarians to Follow STEM Facilitators in Elementary Amazing Professors Teaching Teachers/Librarians Best Resources for Elementary School Makerspaces Instagram Follow a ton of libraries on Instagram, and also mom STEM bloggers from whom you can find lots of ideas to do with your elementary students. Great Pinterest Boards Homeschool Resources Great Articles (will add more later) Free Resources. Makerspace for Education - Home. Maker Education Assessment — Defining Success in Your Makerspace. One of the hottest debates in maker education surrounds assessment.

Maker Education Assessment — Defining Success in Your Makerspace

I get questions about it a lot. Is assessment going against the maker movement? How will I get administrators on board if I don’t assess? Will my kids buy into the work if there isn’t a grade? Starting a School Makerspace from Scratch. With the National Week of Making behind us, you might be ready to start a makerspace in your school -- but not know where to start. Will purchasing a costly 3D printer and the latest robotics kit ensure learning and maker success? Creating a Virtual Makerspace. Growing up, my dad spent lots of time in the garage working on things — his 1972 Ford Pinto (understandably), my brother’s bikes, and making small items for our home.

Creating a Virtual Makerspace

The garage was his makerspace and he used it to design, plan, and follow through on his creative ideas. Later, my brother used the garage as his makerspace. These days makerspaces are moving out of the garages of hobbyists to classrooms and schools for our students to engage in interactive experiences that spark imaginations. Ultimate Makerspace Guide For Schools and Libraries. Makerspace Playbook Feb 2013. MIT Edgerton Center - K12 Makerspaces. Baxter-Patrick James Island Makerspace and Creative Studio Procedures. Orientation and Training Sessions Before using the lab or studio, patrons must present a valid library card and complete an orientation overview of the digital facilities.

Baxter-Patrick James Island Makerspace and Creative Studio Procedures

Orientation is approximately 30 – 45 minutes, but times may vary depending on specific areas of interest. We understand that some patrons may have knowledge on many of the production tools or software applications available in our creation facilities. So that you may gain a full understanding of what is required or that we may better support your creative needs, an orientation is necessary before you begin using the studio or lab.

The orientation is not a class. If a patron is not able to attend any of the scheduled orientations, they may make an appointment with the a Digital Lab or Creative Studio staff member at Makerspaces in Libraries - Libraries & Maker Culture: A Resource Guide. Makerspace Activities for In-Person, Hybrid, and Virtual Learning. Exactly what school will look like in fall 2020 is still an unknown for many teachers out there, and planning for three very different scenarios is not going to be easy.

Makerspace Activities for In-Person, Hybrid, and Virtual Learning

Many of us were able to put together something on the fly to support our students in the spring of 2020, but how do we plan makerspace activities with the potential for multiple methods of teaching and learning this next school year? When it came to maker education this past spring, I was terrified about how I was going to incorporate making activities when my students were at home. However, I was able to come up with some great approaches that really engaged students in the making process. I have done a lot of thinking about the different ways we might be delivering instruction next school year, and I want to share some ideas on how you can engage students in learning whether they are attending school in person, through a hybrid approach, or virtually.

Virtual Makerspace - FRC Learning Commons Virtual Library. Makers Empire Review for Teachers. Makers Empire is a 3D design tool enabling students to create, download, and print original or community-based objects.

Makers Empire Review for Teachers

The teacher dashboard is a hub of activity where teachers can create classes, add students, view and comment on students' designs, browse or build lessons, complete interactive tutorials, and more. Students can use a tablet, mobile device, or laptop/desktop computer to access the software, joining via class code, QR code, or teacher import. Students need only a username and password to get started, and once they sign in, they can customize their avatar, complete challenges, and access the design modules. Designs can be as simple as modifying existing characters and working with shapes, or as complex as using blocks to build structures or even entire cities.