Makerspaces

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

​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 …

Design

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 …

Education

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 …

Makerspaces

Defining Makerspaces: What the Research Says

April 02, 2015<b>in</b> Learning Spaces, Makerspaces25 Comments<p>Recently, I had the unfortunate experience of dealing with criticism. I was told (not to my …

Research

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, …

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><p>NEW YORK — Looking for a cool tech gift for a kid in your life?<p>There’s no shortage of fun and fairly educational …

Makerspace Materials: Stock the Staples to Ignite Imaginations

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 …

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 …

KQED

<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> …

Education

Makerspace Materials & Products - FREE Supply List

Makerspace Materials & Supplies For Your School or Library<p>One of the most common questions we get is in regards to buying makerspace materials. There …

'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 …

Choosing the Right Products for Your Makerspace - Worlds of Learning

I recently was asked my Demco to give a webinar that would guide participants through selecting the right products for their makerspace. I was really …

Create an Amazing Low-tech Library Makerspace

<b>As much cardboard as you can find:</b> Save tissue boxes, toilet paper rolls and boxes. Some projects work better with corrugated cardboard, so it’s a …

e-Learning

7 ways to foster kids’ confidence and creativity with hands-on learning

Juan Carlos Galindo, a Wheaton High School ninth-grader with attention-deficit disorder, always had difficulty managing academic demands when he was younger. His mother, Virginia Munoz, a single mother of four, regularly found her son asleep with homework in his lap. She knew he was struggling, and …

Education

This brilliant 13-year-old figured out how to make clean energy using a device that costs $5

Maanasa Mendu thinks she's cracked the code on how to make wind and solar energy affordable.<p>On Tuesday, Mendu, a 13-year-old from Ohio, won the grand prize in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her work in creating a cost-effective "solar leaves" design to create energy. In …

Energy

Five Ways to Ensure Real Learning Happens in Maker-Enhanced Projects

While not new, project-based learning has become a popular method to try and move beyond surface-level learning. Many teachers are trying to figure …

Learning

Why Duct Tape and Cardboard Might Be a Better Option than a 3D Printer – John Spencer

<i>This is the third post in a series on vintage learning.</i><p>A few days ago, I met <b>Manuel Herrera</b> at MORENet. He has an amazing maker space where students …

3D Printing

Engineering an Enduring Understanding - Worlds of Learning

<i>Earlier this school year, Ross Cooper and I published a piece on Edutopia in which we outlined a plan for students to tell their makerspace stories</i> …

Learning

A DIY Roomba Is a Project That Can Clean Up After Itself

If you really can't stomach the thought of just doing the vacuuming yourself.<p>Roombas are great. They also are still quite expensive. If the idea of having a robot clean up your floor still has appeal, you might want to consider what the good people at Circuit Digest have done: DIY it.<p>It's complex, …

DIY

Creating a Makerspace Area

How are These Kinds of Spaces being Brought into Schools?<p>Makerspace Corners in a Classroom or the Library<p>Select a corner in a classroom or in the …

Makerspaces

Crafting Professional Development for Maker Educators

Professional development for maker educators should introduce the materials and methods involved so that the teachers understand what students can …

Professional Development

Next Gen Makerspaces: NGSS & Makerspaces - Worlds of Learning

I recently began giving away a FREE Makerspace Planning Cheat Sheet on my Worlds of Making site. One of the the steps on that Cheat Sheet suggests …

Why Join the Maker Movement?

When the TCEA PD staff were asked last spring, “Who wants to take on training on makerspaces?” my hand shot up instantly. No hesitation, no thought …

Creativity
Creativity

How A Makerspace in Juvenile Hall Helps Young People See Their Value

Unlike many teachers who choose to work in schools because they were good students themselves, Michelle Carlson understands what it’s like to hate …

Makerspaces

Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction: Build Implements of Spitball Warfare Paperback – October 1, 2009