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How to Build Your Makerspace

How to Build Your Makerspace

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.

How to Start a Makerspace

Maker Movement

Makers in the Classroom: A How-To Guide

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

Maker Movement

6 Things to Consider Before Starting Your Makerspace

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

Maker Movement

How Minecraft and Duct Tape Wallets Prepare Our Kids for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet

OVER 2 YEARS AGO

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The Best Way Not to Teach Design

What is Project-Based Learning, Anyway?

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The How’s and Why’s of Going ‘Full STEAM Ahead’ In Your Classroom

OVER 2 YEARS AGO

What Makers Bring To Education

ABOUT 5 YEARS AGO

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is Elementary: How a Project-Based Curriculum Catalyzed a Community

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

Project-Based Learning

Kids as Tour Guides: Integrating Student-Created Media into History Class

OVER 2 YEARS AGO

Movers and Shakers, Teachers and Makers

Maker Movement

Dale Dougherty, Father of the Maker Movement Talks About Breaking Rules, Erasers & Building a Learning Culture

OVER 2 YEARS AGO

Events

Obama, Steampunk, and Steve Wozniak on a Segway: Highlights from a Decade of Maker Faire

OVER 2 YEARS AGO

Personal Learning Networks

​Making From Scratch: A Recipe for Creating Your Maker Personal Learning Network

OVER 2 YEARS AGO

Maker Movement

Building Student Agency in a St. Louis Makerspace

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

Maker Movement

3D Printing to Raspberry Pi’s: How a Quiet Florida School Library Got Transformed by a Makerspace

ALMOST 3 YEARS AGO

Maker Movement

Meet Maryland’s Magical Makers

ALMOST 3 YEARS AGO

Maker Movement

From Drab to FABLab: How One District Trains Kids on 21st Century Skills

OVER 2 YEARS AGO

Accessible Makerspaces for Diverse Students

Maker Movement

The Importance of Maker Education for Girls

OVER 2 YEARS AGO

Maker Movement

Making for All: How to Build an Inclusive Makerspace

OVER 2 YEARS AGO

Events

A Startup Weekend that is Literally One in a Thousand

ALMOST 4 YEARS AGO

Maker Movement

Making By Breaking: Why Taking Things Apart Is Essential to Making Them Work

OVER 2 YEARS AGO

Maker Movement

A Clever--and Perfectly Legal--Way To Get Low-Cost School Supplies

OVER 4 YEARS AGO

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!

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