Setting Up Your Own MakerSpace
Make, Create, Innovate!
Lewis and Clark's MakerSpace Adventure! As told by Angela Rosheim, Teacher-Librarian
Does Your School or District Need Help Getting Started With MakerSpaces?
If you are interested in having me visit your school or district, please contact me at email@example.com or 816-668-6028.
Before Jumping In...
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. I read online, searched out other libraries, schools, classrooms, and communities that had MakerSpaces, hit the library and Amazon looking for books about MakerSpaces, visited several MakerSpaces in the area, read blogs about MakerSpaces, and followed makers on Twitter. Even though I have a MakerSpace up and successfully running, I am still seeking out any information I can that will improve my space for my students.
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.
FOLLOWING THESE FOLKS ON TWITTER
@terteach (instructional media technologist)
@KitchellS (instructional media technologist)
@smartinez (Author of Invent to Learn)
FOLLOWING THESE HASHTAGS
Resources to Borrow or Invest In...
MASL 2016 Presentation Blending Your MakerSpace and Library Standards For Student Success: Teresa Barnett and Angela Rosheim
Invent To Learn by Stager and Martinez
MakerSpace Playbook http://makered.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Makerspace-Playbook-Feb-2013.pdf (download)
MakeSpace: How To Set The Stage For Creative Collaboration by Doorley & Witthoft
The Maker Movement Manifesto by Mark Hatch
The Art of Tinkering by Karen Wilkinson
Worlds of Making: Best Practices for Establishing a MakerSpace in Your School by Laura Fleming
Tinkerlab by Rachelle Doorley
Setting The Stage For A Maker Mindset Among Your Students!
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires (Love This!)
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
Iggy Peck, Architect 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
Your MakerSpace Can Be High-Tech or No-Tech!
- 3D printers
- MaKey MaKey
- Sphero Robotic Balls
- ipads-loaded with production apps
- Robotics Materials-WeDo/Lego Mindstorm EV3
- LED lights
- Snap Circuits
- Dash and Dot Robots
- Cubelet Robots
- Craft supplies
- Plastic materials
- Collage materials
- Rainbow Loom
- Knitting and crochet supplies
- Attribute blocks
- Box rivets (Makedo and/or Mr. McGroovy)
- Sewing machines
- Old electronics for tinkering
- Electric Keyboard
- Tinkering tools
- How-To books
- Video production materials-green screen and lighting
Bringing A MakerSpace To Your School 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