Makerspaces

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

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 …

Makerspaces

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 …

Education

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 …

Makerspaces

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 …

Makerspaces

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 …

Education

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, …

Education Technology

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.

Makerspaces

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 …

​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 …

Pedagogy

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 …

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 …

Professional Development

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, …

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 …

Fab 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 …

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> …

Pedagogy

100+ Makerspace Materials & Products w/ Supply List

<b>FREE Makerspace Supply List – PDF Format</b><p>One of the most common questions we get is in regards to buying makerspace materials. There are a ton of …

'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 by 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 …

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 …

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 …

Pedagogy