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ULTIMATE GUIDE to the Makerspace Movement

ULTIMATE GUIDE to the Makerspace Movement

The Makerspace Movement is EXPLODING! Read this quick guide & get the basics about the latest innovative way to to learn. 

What is the Makerspace Movement?

The Makerspace Movement is an international crusade that takes an innovative, hands-on  approach to teaching and learning. Schools all over the world are establishing a special, physical location in their building (often in the library), called a “Makerspace”. The space is loaded with various objects and tools for students to create a variety of things, both physical and digital.

What are the Components of a Makerspace?

Inquiry, playing, designing, building, testing, collaborating, risk-taking, problem solving, and above all – HANDS-ON LEARNING!! Common activities include: Robotics, electrical circuits, computer programming, stop-motion animation, video production, arts/crafts, MineCraftEdu, Kano, digital portfolios, Lego, and tons more.

What makes a Makerspace Movement successful within a school or library?

1) Support from administration.

2) Getting teachers to integrate Maker activities into their curriculum.

3) Someone with passion – like the teacher-librarian, instructional coach, technology teacher, classroom teacher, or even a parent.

Who is involved in a Makerspace Movement?

Administrators, librarians, teachers, students, parents, school districts, businesses, and thousands of schools, libraries, and organizations all over the world. Students of ALL AGES and abilities love to join the movement!

Can we retrofit our existing space?

Yes! Libraries are best, but classrooms, workrooms, or even a mobile Makerspace is great too.

Can the Makerspace movement be part of our “School Improvement Plan”?

Yes! The whole essence of a “movement” is to get students and teachers excited about the learning process. Joining a movement can motivate everyone to take a new approach to learning. Integrating Makerspace activities into lessons in ways that specifically target school wide goals is the key.

Does it cost a lot to start our own movement?

No! Start small by setting up an after school program. Get a little cart, a parent volunteer, and a few students. You’d be surprised at what things people will donate! Tons of grant money is available too, especially if your school is in a low-income neighborhood.

Can the Makerspace Movement fit into ANY CURRICULUM?

Yes, especially if your curriculum supports the Common Core State Standards or Next Generation Science Standards. A huge part of most curriculum is inquiry, critical thinking, problem solving, and collaborating – the heart of a successful Makerspace Movement.

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