What Is Are Makerspaces?
Makerspaces can be found in community centers, schools, libraries, museums and more. They are spaces where people of all ages use the tools provided to tinker, build and craft their ideas. It fosters their inner inventor to think, explore, design and build prototypes, bring their concepts to life, and to collaborate and share ideas with other makers and hackers.
Makerspaces are part of the sharing economy. Equipment and supplies can include traditional wood-working tools, sewing machines, and computer labs with anything from CAD to stop motion animation software. The spaces provide tools and equipment that are financially out of reach for most makers to have in their own homes, for example, laser cutters and CNC machines. Making it possible for those creative thinkers to bring their visions to life.
How Do I Build A Makerspace At My School Or Library?
You can start small. Host a science center birthday party with science party games, complete with lab coats and a science party cake. Or you could envision something ongoing and set up a dedicated space – think of the space as being similar to a wood shop – back when schools used to have wood shops. Or it could just be in a corner of a library or classroom. Often, Makerspaces are somewhere in between. Teachers might have access to a room, like they do in a computer room now, where they sign up in advance or by scheduling dedicated time. Or they can be part of an afterschool or electives program in the middle of school.
Makerspaces provide a space for students to pop on a scientist’s lab coat, develop projects on their own, and store them safely. Supplies for educational products, like disposable lab coats, can be purchased using grants for education. Don’t be afraid to start. See below for some classroom maker project ideas and visit the resource page for more.
Makerspace Design Services
Makerspace Lab doesn’t stop there. We make it easy for you to order everything you need, including scientist lab coats for adults and children. From lesson plans to school supplies and technology, Makerspace Lab makes filling your science room simple. If you would like help building your Makerspace, contact us for a free consultation. We can provide assistance by walking you through the process. We are also available for on location design services and help with planning and purchasing supplies. Interested in finding out more? Get in touch with us today.
Classroom Maker Projects
- Scribble Machine Lesson Plan from the Tinkering Studio at the Exploratorium. Scribble Bots are made with small motors and markers.
- How to make your own magnetic paint: Open Materials Magnetic Ink.
- How to make your own glove that lights up when you touch someone else using electronics: Open Source High Five Mitten
- Other Maker Projects from Open Materials.
- Maker Project Ideas at kidMakers.
- Arduino set up instructions from Arduino.
- Visit Ikea Hackers to see all of the creative ways people have taken an Ikea item and hacked it to give it a new – unintended use.
- Wondering how to add EL wire to your hoodie, back pack or shoes? Here is a nice tutorial from AdaFruit.
- Cardboard Auomata Activity
- Chain Reaction Activity
- Circuit Boards Activity
- Light Painting Activity
- Light Play Activity
- Marble Machines Activity
- Musical Bench Activity
- Paper Circuits Activity
- Plastic Fusing Activity
- Scribbling Machines Activity
- Sewn Circuits Activity
- Squishy Circuits Activity
- Toy Take Apart Activity
- Wind Tubes Activity
- Makey Makey Activity
My video of some of the projects my niece and I did in the Exploratorium Tinkering Studio, Tinkering Coursera class, here.