New to Makerspaces?
Create Collaborate Innovate Posts on Making
- What is a Makerspace?
- What is a Maker Librarian?
- How can I run a library AND a makerspace?
- What kind of activities can we do?
- Check out more maker-focused posts and resources on my New Here? page
Become a Maker
- Sign up for this MOOC offered by Exploratorium: Tinkering Fundamentals
- Sign up for Google’s Maker Camp and Google Science Camp.
- Follow and read the blog over at Exploratorium’s Tinkering Studio or sign up for their tinkering course!
- Find cool stuff and Make it at your Library!
- Need ideas? Browse crowd-sourced projects over at Instructables!
Resources I’ve Created
- Makey Makey Lessons – 10 lessons of Makey Makey fun aligned with the curriculm!
- Librarian’s Guide to littleBits – Organization tips, project ideas, and interviews with other maker librarians.
- Big Book of Makerspace Projects – Coauthored with Aaron Graves
- Elementary Library Makerspace Resources – Coauthored with MrsJintheLib
- National Maker Events Calendar– Maker event calendar crowdsourced with other maker librarians
Maker Books You NEED ASAP
- Invent to Learn by Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager
- Invent to Learn Guide to Fun by Josh Burker
- Script Changers: Digital Storytelling with Scratch by Kylie Peppler
- Soft Circuits by Kylie Peppler
- Short Circuits by Kylie Peppler
- Art of Tinkering by Karen Wilkinson and Mike Petrich
- Makerspace Playbook by Maker Media
- Big Book of Makerspace Projects by Me! and Aaron Graves (Publishing Oct 2016)
- Challenge Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace by Me, Aaron Graves, and Diana Rendina (Publishing March 2017)
- 20 Makey Makey Projects for the Evil Genius by Me! and Aaron Graves (Publishing Summer 2017)
- Worlds of Making by Laura Fleming
- Sew Electric by Leah Buechley
Check out these Great Blogs from other Makers
- The Tinkering Studio Blog : This R&D lab on the floor of the Exploratorium is a maker’s dream! And they blog about all of the great work they are doing. Read and Re-read for great ideas!
- Renovated Learning : Diana Rendina is an amazing maker librarian with frequent makerspace posts! Follow her blog and get an almost daily dose of awesome ideas for your library makerspace. Check out Diana’s Makerspace resource page, Tips on Writing Donors Choose Projects, The Value of Guided Projects in Makerspaces.
- Makered.org : Every Child a Maker
- Josh Burker : Josh is a maker extraordinaire, he’s always making cool stuff and sharing project ideas. PLUS, he wrote the awesome Invent to Learn’s Guide to Fun.
- Expect the Miraculous : Andy Plemmons is a genius about connecting his young makers with mentors. Plus, he’s just an all around phenomenal librarian. (When I grow up, I hope to be like him! )
- UNCG SELF Design Studio : I interviewed Matt and Sarah for my Librarian’s Guide to littleBits, they always have amazing stuff going on, so go give them a like on Facebook to keep up with them! Check out this blog post about them over at makeymakey.com too!
- Makerology : Krissy Venosdale is the founder of the #elemaker tag. Need I say more?
- Design Saunders : David is another awesome elemaker I met working on the Librarian’s Guide to littleBits. He’s a makerspace mash-up of fun!
- Worlds of Learning : Eric Sheninger hired Laura Fleming to renovate his highschool library and create an innovative learning space for students.
- Design Make Teach : Another great maker educator with a flow of great ideas!
- Daring Librarian : Gwyneth Jones is an avid sharer of great ideas! Follow this blog ASAP!
- Library as an Incubator : Great blog with tons of information for school and public libraries alike!
- Makerspaces.com : Andrew is pretty great at curating free resources for you!
- Evolve Project : Brian Pichman is doing great work connecting libraries with makerspace resources. Plus, he’s pretty great at finding out about the best cutting edge maker tools.
- Innovation Lab (at St. Petersburg College ) : Chad Mairn is another rad maker librarian I met interviewing bitsters for the Librarian’s Guide to littleBits. He’s got all the great stuff at his academic library!
- Maker Bridge : This is a great resource for the maker community that helps us all get connected via resources, reviews, and a weekly blog!
- Active Learning : Kristin Fontichiaro’s blog about making and libraries!
More Great Books for Your School Library Makerspace
- Diana Rendina has a great post and pinterest board on this topic!
- SLJ Maker Bookshelf
- (More to come)
I’ve learned so much from my Twitter PLN. Use Hashtags in your tweets and follow the conversation too!
- #makerspace or #makerspaces
- #makeymakey & #makeymakeygo
If you make projects from our book, share it with #bigmakerbook! We will host a gallery of your makes here!
Makerspace Programming Ideas
Aaron and I have worked diligently to make, document, and write over 50 makerspace projects that you can implement with your makers. The book will be available from McGraw Hill in Oct 2016. Below is an example of a full year of makerspace programming. I hope to update this with what I did this year and what I’m planning for next year soon!
MAKER WORKSHOPS/ LESSONS FOR THE WHOLE YEAR – Example
|Month||Low Tech||High Tech||Cur Connections|
|September||Duct tape projects||Little Bits-space kit-synth kit
|October||Makedo- make something with cardboard (Caine’s Arcade)||Frankentoys- make it light up or move, etc with Hummingbird
Rolly bot– Like Sphero but made with a brushbot
|November||Nanowrimo http://nanowrimo.org/||Interactive book w Makey Makey
Scratch coding -Use resources from Pursuitery. (See below)
|English- Story writing/Science- Electricity, conductive materials, circuits|
|December||Upcycle old picture books into coasters w Modge Podge (Find words and make your own magnetic poetry style coasters, or make story coasters.)||LED Throwies||English/Programming/Physics|
|Jan||Cardboard Mazes w Makedo||Game Controller Workshop w Makey Makey (from MakerJawn) o#MakeyMakeychallenge –Challenge them to create their own game and invent their own game controller.
Digital Storytelling with Scratch
|Math- X/Y Axis, Equations, Computational Thinking/ English- Interactive Story idea changed into a logic puzzle|
|Feb||Unmake stuff Get kids to bring old stuff||Paper Circuits- Interactive Greeting Cards( Circuit Scribe or Bare Conductive) #MakeyMakeychallenge cont.||Science- Electricity, conductive materials, circuits|
|March||Make your own Ukelele||Arduino Music ProjectsSphero Obstacle Course using Macrolab or Sphero Chariot Challenge||Music/Art/STEM|
|April||Rube Goldberg Challenge – Motion projectsWind Turbine Challenge: http://challenge.kidwind.org/||–Animated Poems with Mozilla Webmaker–Hummingbird robot poems Makey Makey Maze w Brush Bot
Sphero – Chariot Challenge and Obstacle Course Challenge
|May||Upcycle a Day for the Month of May! – Coffee bag idea||Raspberry Pi Photo booth
Inventions for math “market”
|Math- Market /Science- Recycling, properties of materials|
- (Updated page from my Podbean Site)
Last, here is a list of workshop ideas I created with Leah Mann in 2014. Lots of great FREE ideas:
FREE WORKSHOP IDEAS:
- Here is an entire list of School Makerspaces willing to entertain visitors or answer questions about getting started.
- Another great starting point: http://youngmakers.org/starting-a-club/
- GRANT ideas: http://makergrants.blogspot.com
- Simple Circuits for kids: http://www.makingboysmen.com/2013/04/simple-circuits-for-kids.html
- Lesley University Resources from SXSW Makerspace Mashup: http://klo.lesley.edu/makerspace-mashup-sxswedu-2015/ (Great Curriculum resources for ES/MS)
- Diana Rendina has a great list of resources and research on her blog Renovated Learning!
- Summer 2014 I was asked to present a webinar to Ohio School Librarians for InfOhio. The recording is available here. It’s an oldie, but a goodie as the core concepts of making are embedded in this talk!