All About that MakerSpace
Understanding the Potential for MakerSpaces for Our Students
So...what is a MakerSpace?
Bringing a MakerSpace into your learning space will...
- Allow for students to embrace failure as a means for heading toward success
- Allow students to collaborate and learn from one another
- Create experts who students will look to for guidance
- Foster creative thinking
- Create ways for students to ask real questions to drive their exploration
- Encourage students to pursue existing passions or seek out new passions
- Ignite excitement and a joy for learning
- Promote multiple ways to solve problems
- Allow students to practice perseverance in day to day learning
- Expose students to materials they may have never used before: 3D printers, robotic balls, textile materials, circuits, littleBits, programming, and so much more!
- Encourage student reflection on the process of making
- Create thinkers
What could you include in a MakerSpace?
Utilizing Your MakerSpace
Make the most of your space by embedding making into your...
- Book Club/Literacy Activities
- Specials or Elective Classes
- Lunch time
- Breakfast Time
- Genius/Passion Hour
- Saturday/Family Events
- Homeroom Time
Pedagogical Understandings & Book Resources for MakerSpaces
Hashtags to follow on Twitter
Maker Librarian Websites
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires (Love This!)
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty
Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
Mr. Ferris and His Wheel by Kathryn Gibbs Davis
Awesome Dawson by Chris Gall
Monkey With A Toolbelt by Chris Monroe
Going Places by Peter Reynolds (Love This!)
Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet
What Do You Do With An Idea by Kodi Yamada
Violet The Pilot by Steve Breen
Papa's Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming
Anything is Possible by Giulia Belloni
Mr. Cornell's Dream Boxes by Jeanette Winter
Galimoto by Karen Lynn Williams
Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzbert
Marvelous Mattie by Emily Arnold McCully
EngiNerds by Jarrett Lerner
Advocating for MakerSpaces
Martha Bongiorno, Ed.S.
I hold a Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education, a Master of Science in Learning, Design, and Technology from the University of Georgia, and my Ed.S. in Instructional Technology from the University of Georgia.