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Introduction to Maker Spaces

Some schools and community spaces are investing in maker spaces to give people the ability to innovate using shared resources. Common tools in a maker space include access to 3D printing, art materials, and other materials typically only found in a professional workshop. These resources help introduce you to what a maker space is, why they are useful, and how you might be able to use a maker space if you are able to crate one for your school or community.
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Introduction to Maker Spaces
  • Teresa Potter says:
    There are many real-life examples of what people have done using maker spaces, and this TED talk gives several examples. I like this video as a tangible example of what possibilities are opened when communities and schools provide maker spaces.
  • edutopia.org
    edutopia.org

    Make the Most of the Maker Movement

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    Teresa Potter says:
    This article gives details on what you should consider when thinking about creating a maker space. One of the most important points she makes is to beware of big budgets, because sometimes we get carried away thinking about all the tools we could have but lose sight of what we might actually use. This is a must-read article for anyone considering investing in a maker space.
  • Teresa Potter says:
    It is common for libraries to create maker spaces for the community, but library maker spaces require special considerations. This article provides several insights into what libraries should think about when considering investing in a maker space.
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    edutopia.org

    Designing a School Makerspace

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    Teresa Potter says:
    Schools are a logical choice for creating a maker space, and they take careful consideration of what the faculty and students actually want to do with the tools. This article helps schools made decisions about planning maker space.
  • Makerspace

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    spaces.makerspace.com
    spaces.makerspace.com
    Teresa Potter says:
    This page links you to a helpful resource for considering how to plan your maker space. Created by a vendor of makerspace equipment, it is a good companion to more theoretical or operational resources in that it helps you plan the specifications and costs for the different options you have in creating your makerspace.
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BloomBoard Asks:What is a maker space and why are they important?
Becca WebbLower Elementary Upper Elementary English Language Arts Math History & Social Studies ScienceJanuary 18, 2018
Maker spaces are hubs that are equipped and ready to allow and facilitate creative tinkering and problem solving activities. Problem solving skills and ingenuity are critical skills all kids need to develop and hone, and providing a space and envirment to nurture this is an amazing opportunity.