Makerspaces

By Digital Learning | Ideas, resources, and solutions for schools who are building Makerspace projects for learning.

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17 STEM toys that teach kids to code

Games for your future tech giant.<p><i>This story was originally published on</i> WorkingMother.com.<p>In response to concern over kids' interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), companies have been churning out cool toys that teach them coding and logic skills. The idea: get kids hooked on …

Kids

The Classroom or Library as a Maker Space

The Classroom or Library as a Maker Space<p>Makerspaces, Maker Education, STEM, and STEAM are gaining lots of traction in Kindergarten though college …

Learning

8 questions to ask before creating a makerspace

You wouldn’t just randomly choose a tool from your toolbox and feel confident it was the right one to cut a board or attach a hinge. Same goes for …

Before you "do a makerspace" - four considerations – Sylvia Libow Martinez

When we talk about making, there is a tendency to overlap our terms, like saying we’re going to “do makerspace”. I think unpacking these terms help …

What happens when kids make their own makerspace?

It began as a donated box of K’nex set out on a library table.<p>Students started tinkering. Librarian Diana Rendina started asking questions.<p>Bit by …

It's Not Just The Space, It's The Mentality #MakerEd

This week has been a whirlwind of writing for me. This will be a third post in a day that should go out on Tuesday or Wednesday. I've just been …

Makerspaces

How to Run a Maker Madness Tourney at Your School by @AnnemarieCat

<i>This is a guest-post written by a middle school teacher in my district, Annemarie Catalano. This year has been a big push to create a “maker culture”</i> …

Education

6 Must-Haves for Developing a Maker Mindset

Flashy spaces and shiny toys in makerspaces are enticing, but it takes time and explicit scaffolding to develop a true Innovator. Building and …

Elementary Makerspaces

Suggestions on possible funding sources and ways how to communicate what a Makerspace is to the stakeholders. <br>​<p>Explore lesson plans to use with …

Makerspaces

Creativity is a beautiful, messy, chaotic thing

The Next Phase of the Maker Movement? Building Startups

“Everything that is old is new again!” Daniel Rabuzzi exclaims, his eyes light up with excitement that seems to match the glowing, handcrafted flower …

Maker Education

The Maker Movement is a technological and creative revolution underway around the world. Fortunately for educators, the Maker Movement overlaps with …

littleBits’ latest kit is ready to teach kids coding skills

In March, tech startup littleBits announced the Code Kit, which would make it a little easier to teach kids how to code, both at home and in the classroom. Today, the Code Kit is finally on sale for a price of $300 (educators can email education@littlebits.cc for a 5 percent discount). Code Kits …

Why Making Is Essential to Learning

Making is as old as learning itself. While the maker movement may only be about a decade old, the human desire to create dates back to the earliest …

From Tinkering to Technology—Advice from a Middle School Maker

Middle schooler Hannah Levenberg always liked taking things apart, but she didn’t make the connection between her tinkering and technology until she …

Arduino

Google turns Raspberry Pi into a dirt cheap Home competitor

If you've ever wanted to have a conversation with your own tiny home-made computer, then your prayers have just been answered. Raspberry Pi has teamed up with Google, bringing voice integration to the Pi with a clever combination of hardware and software. Packed with the same tech that powers …

Introducing the Design Process 3-5

article<p>Google …

You Don’t Need a Makerspace to Be a Maker

When I was in 3rd grade my best friend Mark and I built a treehouse out of wood scraps we found in the forest behind his house. <b>We were makers.</b><p>In 5th …

Building Maker Spaces vs. Building a Maker Culture

In 9th grade, I cut my thumb on a saw in wood shop and had to get stitches. It wasn’t too bad…<p>However, that was the last year I took “shop” class in …

60+ Makerspace Ideas for Maker Education | Maker space

Below is a growing collection of our favorite tweets that focus on makerspace ideas. These ideas range from how to get started to what maker project …

Get Inspired by this Jaw-Dropping Cardboard Armor for Kids

With upcoming conventions and renaissance festivals, you may be wondering how to bring your cosplay dreams to life. Instead of raiding all of the …

7 Tips for Planning a Makerspace

STEAM<p>Districts with multiple makerspaces describe what works.<p>An increasing number of K-12 schools are transforming classrooms, libraries or other …

After the Planning Phase: 7 Tips for Implementing a Makerspace

STEAM<p>Districts with multiple makerspaces describe what works.<p>Once a school district has completed the initial planning phase of their makerspace …

Do we need to use a specific process for making and creating in a makerspace? - Worlds of Learning

In a recent blog post, I presented the 7 Attributes of a GREAT Makerspace. These attributes are meant to serve as a guide for school districts and …

You Don’t Need to “Make Space” to Have a Makerspace

If kids are making, you have a makerspace. Enough said.<p>As with lots of things in education (and life, actually), we have a tendency to find something …

Makers Gonna Make Anywhere, Anyhow

My motto for making is Makers Gonna Make. But what happens if you have no space available to let students (and teachers) make? The good news is, …

Training Wheels: From Replicator to Maker

See that bad boy up there? Well that bike up there looks just like the one I learned to ride on. I remember I rode that bike so hard that the wheels …