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Transform Your School: Practical Tips for Starting a Makerspace

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Makerspaces are an amazing way to bring STEAM, creativity and informal learning into your school, but with so much information out there, many educators aren’t sure of where to get started. In this session, you will get ideas and inspiration on how to bring the Maker Education Movement into your school. Topics covered will include: cultivating a Maker culture, getting student input, finding space, securing funds and donations, gathering supplies, making it happen, and sharing with others. Throughout the presentation, you will see examples from the creation of our school’s library Makerspace, as well as examples from other schools.

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Transform Your School: Practical Tips for Starting a Makerspace

  1. 1. about me • Media Specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School in Tampa, FL since 2010 • Blogger @ Renovated Learning.com • Started the Stewart Library Makerspace in January 2014
  2. 2. Our Makerspace Story From K’nex on tables to the Maker Corner
  3. 3. Cultivating a vision
  4. 4. Day 1 of our Makerspace Three bins of K’nex on some library tables
  5. 5. The K’nex Club Creating a group dedicated to Making
  6. 6. The K’nex Club Creating a group dedicated to Making
  7. 7. Connecting with other schools Our Skype chat with gorrie elementary
  8. 8. Mini MakerFaire Sharing our Makerspace with the community
  9. 9. Creating the physical space Dedicating a corner of the library
  10. 10. Creating the physical space Dedicating a corner of the library
  11. 11. The Makerspace in Action Students visit throughout the day
  12. 12. The Epic LEGO Wall The Centerpiece of our Makerspace
  13. 13. The Epic LEGO Wall Making LEGOs into art
  14. 14. The Whiteboard wall A collaborative, interactive space
  15. 15. MaKey MaKey
  16. 16. littleBits
  17. 17. Sphero
  18. 18. Afterschool STEAM Club
  19. 19. Connecting with Lamar
  20. 20. Do your Research Learn everything you can about the Maker Movement renovatedlearning.com/makerspace-resources/
  21. 21. Share your vision Get others excited
  22. 22. Allow for student voice Stewart’s Makerspace Planning committee
  23. 23. Find Your Focus Start with one or two concentrations, then gradually expand from there.
  24. 24. Gather Your Supplies • Donations (PTSA, Business Partners, etc) • Grants • Crowdsourcing
  25. 25. Find your space Makerspaces can be anywhere
  26. 26. Library New Milford High School
  27. 27. Storage room Curtis Elementary Library
  28. 28. Classroom MaryMount Fab Lab
  29. 29. Mobile, Mini & Pop-Up http://tinyurl.com/ptbwthn http://tinyurl.com/owcjh4qhttp://tinyurl.com/oyy8he5 Cynthia Alaniz
  30. 30. Embrace the mess Yes, it will get messy. That’s okay.
  31. 31. Build a Maker Culture
  32. 32. Display student works
  33. 33. Invite your community in PTSA, local Makerspaces, business partners
  34. 34. Share with the world Instagram, vine, youtube, Flickr
  35. 35. Share with the world Student blogs @ NMHS
  36. 36. @DianaLRendina RenovatedLearning .com

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