Makerspaces

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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 …

Education

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 …

Kids

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 …

Raspberry Pi

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 …

Education

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 …

Education

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 …

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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 …

5 Tips to Create a Cost-Effective Makerspace Quickly

By Courtney PepeTeaching students the value of invention doesn’t have to come with a hefty price tag.

Education

Moving Beyond Lego Walls - Worlds of Learning

Anyone who follows my work knows that I am passionate about creating makerspaces that are unique to individual school communities. I have said many …

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​How Should We Measure the Impact of Makerspaces?

Two years ago I attended an edtech conference focused on the then up-and-coming trend of makerspaces. The opening keynote speaker ended his …

Digital Shop Class: Fun and Profitable

The second year of our maker program is well under way here in our Digital Shop, and we’re continuing to make it stronger while building an entire …

Teaching

What Should I Buy For My New Makerspace? A Five-Step Framework For Making the Right Purchases

I recently was asked to give a webinar that would guide participants through selecting the right products for their makerspace, where I unveiled my …

Teaching

Defining Makerspaces: What the Research Says

April 02, 2015<b>in</b> Learning Spaces, Makerspaces26 Comments<p>Recently, I had the unfortunate experience of dealing with criticism. I was told (not to my …

6 Strategies for Funding a Makerspace

The Maker movement continues to gain momentum. At this year's White House Science Fair, President Obama invited Super-Awesome Sylvia from Auburn, …

Education

MakeyMakey Tap Shoes

Hook up a MakeyMakey to tap shoes!<p>You'll need:<br>one MakeyMakey<br>a pair of tap shoes<p>some extra wire for longer leads<p>tape

Gift Guide: Cool tech toys for the kid in your life

<b>By Bree Fowler,</b> <i>The Associated Press</i>NEW YORK — Looking for a cool tech gift for a kid in your life?There’s no shortage of fun and fairly educational …

Kids

Stuff You NEED for Your School Makerspace

The journey of building and maintaining a makerspace in our school is never-ending. Less than one year ago, we opened the doors of our Learning Lab …

Makerspaces

28 Awesome STEM Challenges for the Elementary Classroom

Ever wonder what <b>STEM challenges</b> to serve up to your students? Here is an amazing list of clever, unique and simple set up <b>STEM lesson plans</b> from other …

Kids

Building A Tinkering Mindset In Young Students Through Making

<i>Excerpted from The Invent to Learn Guide to Making in the K–3 Classroom: Why, How, and Wow! by veteran teacher Alice Baggett, published in 2016 by</i> …

Teaching

100+ Makerspace Materials & Products w/ Supply List

One of the most common questions we get is in regards to buying makerspace materials. There are a ton of products and supplies out there and it can …

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'Makerspaces' explode in popularity in schools

Lissa Davies didn’t hesitate to put 255 elementary school students into a room together with a mountain of cardboard, tape and scissors.<p>“We want …

Education