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Sara Gold sgold@wils.org
Community Liaison & Service
Specialist, WiLS
WEMTA 2014
A Makerspace
“serves as a gathering point for tools, projects, mentors and
expertise. A collection of tools does not defin...
Beginnings: What & Why
of the Makerspace
Maker Ingredients
Space
Tools and Materials
Programming
Makerspace Mindset
...
What we are doing and why: origins of the Maker movement
Maker Movement was spurred by new
technologies which encourage
experimental play.
2005 MAKE magazine launched by
MAKERSP...
Believe if you can imagine it you can make it
Seek out opportunities to learn to do new
things
A community of creative ...
Experimental play is a source of creativity,
inspiration and innovation.
Formal education does not make room for play in...
Making is innovative and resourceful
 Intrinsically motivated
Identify challenges and are persistent
Take risks, are c...
Physical Spaces
Tools & Toys
Programming
MS Mindset
Computer lab
Library
Home Ec/Darkroom
Stagecraft
Outdoors
Cafeteria
Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative
Collaboration by Scott Doorley and Scott Witthoft.
Space should be conduci...
LittleBits
Makey Makey
Legos
Recycled Materials
Technology Toolbox
Monkey Jump
Assess what your Maker Space requires before
buying materials
Acquire general-use equipment before task-specific
tools
...
Starter projects
Crafts for Kids
Howtoons
Browse MAKE:
Projects
Exploratorium’s
Tinkering Studio
Figure out what you want to
learn
Cut and collect
Play with something new
See what’s out there
Defining scope
Setting schedules
Teaching new skills and keeping it fresh
Working together and apart
• Making is about
developing one’s
full potential
• Everyone is a
maker
• Our world is what
we make it
• It’s all right to...
Find an advocate with a wallet
Beg and Borrow
RECYCLE
Buy Used
Just in-time purchasing
Partner with other teachers
...
Dream Big, Start Small
Ask your Parent Teacher Organization
for help
Wait for critical mass to purchase items
Ask for ...
Plan for safety
Post safety checklists
Use tools right
Dress right
Clean up
Create a set of behavioral expectations and c...
Spread your idea
Identify student makers
Come up with an identity
Find funding
Setup a website or blog
Recruit mento...
Notebooks for students
Blogs
Project binders
Photos
Posters
Videos
Digital Stories
 2014 inaugural year, Corey hosting three events after school from 6-8pm for
students and parents.
 1st event in January...
Concept:
VV Makerspace reflects a conceptual shift in the LMC overall. Information can be made into
something else just li...
http://www.youtube.com/v/a7ld2cMZDjI
• Inspiration was the
quote:
"An avalanche begins with
a snowflake”
~Joseph Compton
• 2200 students and 150
staff and almo...
• Project inspired by Dreaming
Up: A Celebration of
Celebration by Christy Hale
• First graders rotated through
5 stations...
Started with some chess sets and
Makey Makey sets
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MakerSpace Playbook
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Sara Gold, Community Liaison & Service Specialist with WiLS, for WEMTA in March, 2014.

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MakerSpace Playbook

  1. 1. Sara Gold sgold@wils.org Community Liaison & Service Specialist, WiLS WEMTA 2014
  2. 2. A Makerspace “serves as a gathering point for tools, projects, mentors and expertise. A collection of tools does not define a Makerspace. Rather, we define it by what it enables: making”. “A Makerspace is a learning environment rich with possibilities”. From MakerSpace.com
  3. 3. Beginnings: What & Why of the Makerspace Maker Ingredients Space Tools and Materials Programming Makerspace Mindset Source: Makerspace Playbook School Edition Nuts and Bolts Inventory Budget Safety Getting Started Documenting WI Makerspaces
  4. 4. What we are doing and why: origins of the Maker movement
  5. 5. Maker Movement was spurred by new technologies which encourage experimental play. 2005 MAKE magazine launched by MAKERSPACE , Sebastopol, CA 2006 First Maker Faire hosted
  6. 6. Believe if you can imagine it you can make it Seek out opportunities to learn to do new things A community of creative people who help one another do better Celebrate other makers
  7. 7. Experimental play is a source of creativity, inspiration and innovation. Formal education does not make room for play in curriculum Jet Propulsion Lab
  8. 8. Making is innovative and resourceful  Intrinsically motivated Identify challenges and are persistent Take risks, are creative & open-minded Learn to collaborate as well as take and give advice Develop a sense of social responsibility
  9. 9. Physical Spaces Tools & Toys Programming MS Mindset
  10. 10. Computer lab Library Home Ec/Darkroom Stagecraft Outdoors Cafeteria
  11. 11. Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration by Scott Doorley and Scott Witthoft. Space should be conducive to inspiration, collaboration and conversation Balance between promoting social interaction and privacy Aim for easily changed layouts for your space Include “hang out “ areas if possible
  12. 12. LittleBits Makey Makey Legos Recycled Materials Technology Toolbox Monkey Jump
  13. 13. Assess what your Maker Space requires before buying materials Acquire general-use equipment before task-specific tools Keep in mind that equipment begets equipment Include a first aid kit Page 10 of Makerspace Playbook has a tool list
  14. 14. Starter projects Crafts for Kids Howtoons Browse MAKE: Projects Exploratorium’s Tinkering Studio
  15. 15. Figure out what you want to learn Cut and collect Play with something new See what’s out there
  16. 16. Defining scope Setting schedules Teaching new skills and keeping it fresh Working together and apart
  17. 17. • Making is about developing one’s full potential • Everyone is a maker • Our world is what we make it • It’s all right to make mistakes • We help one another do better
  18. 18. Find an advocate with a wallet Beg and Borrow RECYCLE Buy Used Just in-time purchasing Partner with other teachers  See Resources in Makerspace Playbook for “Makerspace in a Box” toolkit
  19. 19. Dream Big, Start Small Ask your Parent Teacher Organization for help Wait for critical mass to purchase items Ask for donations over the summer
  20. 20. Plan for safety Post safety checklists Use tools right Dress right Clean up Create a set of behavioral expectations and common safety rules and discuss them with makers
  21. 21. Spread your idea Identify student makers Come up with an identity Find funding Setup a website or blog Recruit mentors Set a deadline and meeting dates
  22. 22. Notebooks for students Blogs Project binders Photos Posters Videos Digital Stories
  23. 23.  2014 inaugural year, Corey hosting three events after school from 6-8pm for students and parents.  1st event in January was to make anything participants wanted to with the goal being to explore the maker concept.  2nd event was to make games for the school carnival in March  3rd event in April is aimed at making things with 3D modeling software.  Currently do not have drop-in hours
  24. 24. Concept: VV Makerspace reflects a conceptual shift in the LMC overall. Information can be made into something else just like cardboard or wires. Planning: Started planning Fall 2013 for 3-4 events in 2014 Funding:  Building funds for some light art supplies and glue guns. Most of what we used was recyclable materials and was donated.  For the 3D printing night, might charge a nominal fee to cover costs of materials or have it remain free to build interest in technology and process. The PTO and private donations funded 3D printer.
  25. 25. http://www.youtube.com/v/a7ld2cMZDjI
  26. 26. • Inspiration was the quote: "An avalanche begins with a snowflake” ~Joseph Compton • 2200 students and 150 staff and almost every person created a snowflake • Many teachers incorporated the activity into their lesson plans.
  27. 27. • Project inspired by Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Celebration by Christy Hale • First graders rotated through 5 stations using a variety of materials to build. • Dedicated two class sessions so each student could visit each station. • Each station had an iPad to allow students to document their work. Photos: http://readingtl.blogspot.com/2013/10/dreamin g-up.htmlstations Book Jacket Image: Lee and Low
  28. 28. Started with some chess sets and Makey Makey sets

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