How to Build Your Makerspace

How to Build Your Makerspace

EdSurge Guide

Learning by making has been around since long before edtech—just think about what the adventurous explorers or intrepid settlers of yore would have thought of "Do-It-Yourself." But with thousands of kid-friendly tech tools and a whole World Wide Web of resources out there, creative, interesting opportunities for learning-by-making abound for everyone.

Okay, so with all those resources, where should you start to build a makerspace? Here at EdSurge, we've rolled up our sleeves, put on our protective goggles, and built a Maker Guide from scratch, just for you. 

Read on for ideas from the educators and entrepreneurs who think making 24/7, including what is involved with project-based learning and making in the classroom and tried-and-true lessons from the field on starting your makerspace.

Making on a budget? We surely do. We've got ideas for stocking your space with resources from your arts and crafts closet, plus inspiration from educators working to bring makerspaces to low-income and all-girls classrooms.

If I Had a Hammer: Tools for Your Makerspace

Looking to create a makerspace in your home or classroom? Here are some supplies you might need, ranging from ones you can find in your desk drawer or arts and crafts closet to ones you can buy that are specially designed for makers like you!

Household Items Hardware Store Specialty Items
Bottle Tops Adjustable Wrench 3D Printer ($1000)
Broom Clamps Arduino ($25)
Cardboard Duct Tape Drawdio ($9)
Cardboard Tubes Electric Saw Infrared Sensor ($9)
Craft Paper Hack Saw LED Wire and Resistors ($9)
Glue Hammer and Nails Little Bits ($99)
Needle and Thread Hand Miter Boxes Makey-Makey ($60)
Paintbrushes and Paint Hot Glue Gun Raspberry Pi ($40)
Popsickle Sticks Multi-meter
Rubber Bands Pliers
Scissors PVC Pipe
Scrap Fabric Safety Goggles
Tape Measure Scrap Lumber
Vacuum Screwdriver
Wine Corks Sewing Machine
Yardstick Soldering Kit
String Staple Gun

What supplies do you use in your makerspace? Share your suggestions in the comments section below!