Makerspace 5 — The Testimony

Makerspace is a collaborative work space inside a school, library or separate public/private facility for making, learning, exploring, and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools.  It has been successful in many schools, as each individual school interprets the concept their own way. Tricia Spencer, an Art teacher at White Oak Elementary, Sugar…

Makerspace 4 — Where Do You Get Ideas?

So you’ve done it! You’ve secured a space for after-school makerspace. You’ve gotten donations and a grant. Now what do you teach? Teachers have their own idea of creativity; of what to build (or take apart), and the importance of hands-on learning. So what do you build? Or take apart? First thing is to know…

Makerspace 3 — How to Get What You Need

You have gotten the approval for a makerspace. You have talked to other teachers and are working out curriculums with their classes, and have a basic idea of what you want your students to learn. How do you pay for all of this? The first obvious spot are grants. They are not always easy to…

Makerspace Part 2 — Propose and Start

You have thought out how you are going to teach students in their makerspace, and how you are going to connect their projects with your curriculum. Now it’s time to work on getting what you want. The first thing you need to do is get your idea out there. Tell your administration. Tell the other…

Makerspace Part 1 — Mental Prep

Thinking about turning classroom space into Makerspace? Last October we touched on the generalities of Makerspace. A makerspace is a collaborative workspace inside a school, library, or separate public/private facility for creating, learning, exploring, and sharing. We explained what Makerspace is in general terms, just enough to get you interested. Now you are seriously thinking…

Explore the Possibilities of Makerspace

The next up-and-coming expansion to the educational arena is makerspace. What is makerspace, you may ask? A makerspace is a collaborative workspace inside a school, library, or separate public/private facility for creating, learning, exploring, and sharing. Makerspaces usually provide tools and space for creating products in a school or community environment. Expert advisors may be…