How to Run an Awesome After-school Makers Club

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Whether you already have a thriving makerspace or are just getting started, forming an after-school group is ideal for diving deep into projects and building up a culture of making in your library. It's often difficult to get students into makerspaces for in-depth projects during the school day, so starting an after-school club can be a great way to jump-start your program and get your students engaged.

Learn strategies for how to get started, including tips on advocating for an after-school club with your administration. Learn about setting norms and procedures for your students, balancing design challenges with free exploration and creating a reflection and sharing piece for students. I'll share about my experiences with our Stewart Makers Club over the last two years. No matter where you're at, an after-school Makers Club can be an amazing way to bring the Maker Movement into your school.

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How to Run an Awesome After-school Makers Club

  1. 1. HOW TO RUN AN Awesome AFTER-SCHOOL MAKERS CLUB Diana Rendina, MLIS @DianaLRendina RenovatedLearning.com
  2. 2. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com DIANA RENDINA, MLIS • Media Specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School in Tampa, FL since 2010 • Library Technical Assistant with Hillsborough County Public Libraries from 2006-2007 • Blogger @ RenovatedLearning & AASL Knowledge Quest • 2016 ISTE Outstanding Young Educator Award • Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace - May 2017 Portrait by Kimberly Yau
  3. 3. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com THE STEWART MAKERSPACE STORY
  4. 4. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com In the beginning… Where’s the STEM?
  5. 5. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com Sharing vision = supplies!
  6. 6. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com Jan 2014 - day 1
  7. 7. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com The corner before…
  8. 8. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com TransformaIon
  9. 9. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com The Stewart Makerspace
  10. 10. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com EVOLUTION OF THE STEWART MAKERS CLUB 2014 2015 2016 2016 Photo by Mark Arbeit
  11. 11. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com 2014- THE K’NEX CLUB Starting with what we had
  12. 12. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com Expanding to after-school 2015 - STEAM CLUB
  13. 13. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com Bigger & Better than ever2016- STEWART MAKERS CLUB
  14. 14. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com Photo by Mark Arbeit STARTING AN AFTER-SCHOOL MAKERS CLUB
  15. 15. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com STARTING AN AFTER-SCHOOL MAKER CLUB Photo by Mark Arbeit Share your VISION with your AdministraZon Or do your own thing (find a partner) Fee or no fee? Paperwork requirements? Work within an EXISTING aaer-school structure…
  16. 16. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com What kinds of Maker programs do you already have in your library? How could you expand those into a Makers Club?
  17. 17. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com MAKER CLUB BEST PRACTICES
  18. 18. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com SETTING NORMS & PROCEDURES Project Storage
  19. 19. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com SETTING NORMS & PROCEDURES Safety Dance!
  20. 20. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com SETTING NORMS & PROCEDURES Safety Dance!
  21. 21. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com SETTING NORMS & PROCEDURES Cleanup, cleanup
  22. 22. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com LABEL ALL THE THINGS!!! Labels are your friends
  23. 23. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com LABEL ALL THE THINGS!!! Labels are your friends
  24. 24. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com COLOR CODE Organization is your friend
  25. 25. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com SETTING NORMS & PROCEDURES Human Vacuum
  26. 26. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com MAKER CLUB PROJECTS + ACTIVITIES
  27. 27. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com DESIGN CHALLENGES
  28. 28. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com “It seems contradictory, but when it comes to creaIve work, limitaIons mean freedom” ~ AusIn Kleon, Steal Like an ArIst
  29. 29. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com RUBBER BAND LAUNCHER CHALLENGE Make something that flings something
  30. 30. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com CATAPULT CHALLENGE
  31. 31. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com RUBBER BAND LAUNCHER CHALLENGE
  32. 32. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com BEST PRACTICES FOR CHALLENGES • Don’t make it a compeIIon • Provide a focus, but not too many limitaIons • Leave room for creaIvity • Build in a sharing component
  33. 33. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com GUIDED PROJECTS Instructions are okay (sometimes)
  34. 34. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com WORKSHOPS Learning a new skill together
  35. 35. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com OPEN EXPLORATION Allow student voice
  36. 36. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com Share your ideas of design challenges or other types of projects that you could host in your library.
  37. 37. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com EVEN MORE BEST PRACTICES!
  38. 38. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com SHARING Use video conferences or other tools to share
  39. 39. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com SKYPE & GOOGLE HANGOUT
  40. 40. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com JOINT DESIGN CHALLENGES
  41. 41. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com REFLECTION Maker Journals, Video Documentaries, etc
  42. 42. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com REFLECTION Using the Engineering Design Process
  43. 43. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com REFLECTION Using the Engineering Design Process IdenZfy the PROBLEM BRAINSTORM a soluZon DESIGN & BUILD a prototype TEST & EVALUATE REDESIGN based on tests SHARE your soluZon REFLECT on process
  44. 44. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com What are some ways that you engage students in reflecIon and sharing in your library?
  45. 45. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com BUILDING A MAKER CULTURE
  46. 46. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com WHITEBOARDS Whiteboard Paint + Wall = Brainstorm Space
  47. 47. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com WHITEBOARDS Whiteboard tables for the win!
  48. 48. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com INTERACTIVE SPACES The Epic LEGO Wall
  49. 49. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com Poster from KrissyVenosdale.com CREATIVE DECOR Inspire creativity
  50. 50. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com PROJECT DISPLAY Display student works in your space
  51. 51. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com What are some things that you can do to build a Maker culture in your library? What are you already doing?
  52. 52. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com SAMPLE PROJECT IDEAS
  53. 53. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com CARDBOARD CHALLENGE Make sure you watch Caine’s Arcade!
  54. 54. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com CARDBOARD CHALLENGE
  55. 55. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com CARDBOARD CHALLENGE
  56. 56. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com CIRCUIT BRACELET WORKSHOP
  57. 57. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com CIRCUIT BRACELET WORKSHOP
  58. 58. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com THE STEWART MAKER FAIR
  59. 59. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com THE STEWART MAKER FAIR
  60. 60. There is no such thing as a ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL MAKERSPACE(Or Makers Club)
  61. 61. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com
  62. 62. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.comResources: DianaRendinaPresents.wikispaces.com

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