What stuff will you stock your making space with, what’s the cost, and how will you fund it?
I am a novice at makerspaces and I am totally out of my element. My gut reaction to this week’s essential question is I don’t know what I need, because I don’t know what my students will want to create. However the more I think about it, it isn’t possible for me to meet the needs of all my students in terms of materials needed, because the sky is not the limit there are/will be constraints to the materials I can get for my students. Maybe a better way to look at my makerspace is here are the materials for use, what can you create within the constraints of these materials? As stated by Gorman (2014), “While an ultimate goal might be a school Maker Space, a single teacher may wish to consider a starting place that is practical and doable. I suggest finding an idea for a kit or project that might fit a curricular area of study.” In his blog, 21st Century Educational Technology and Learning, Michael Gorman shares 10 websites to assist in helping create a makerspace. One of the sites Gorman shares is Global Cardboard Challenge, inspired by Caine’s Arcade, see YouTube video below:
In the Edutopia article Designing a School Makerspace Jennifer Cooper shares some questions to think about when starting a makerspace:
- What range of subjects will be taught in the space? What types of activities and projects could be done there?
- Which tools are most needed?
- Who will be using the space? Who is staffing the space? Will others use the space?
- When will the space be used?
- Where in the school will the space be? What considerations are important?
- How will it be built? (If a new structure is needed for the makerspace.)
My plan is to start a makerspace in my classroom for one hour on Fridays, like Google’s 20% time. The ideas below are fluid, meaning that they will be evolving and changing the more I learn about makerspaces and the more my students and I use the space. Here is my plan so far:
cost/per one tool
|Laptops||Free -School already has|
|iPads||Free -School already has|
|Tape – duct, painters, masking,||Possibly free from donations from hardware stores|
Possibly free from school
Needle nose pliers
Possibly free from donations from hardware stores
|Used computer parts||Free donated|
|SketchUp software||Free – school district already has|
|3D printer||Free – school district already has|
|Scratch and Scratch Jr||Free|
|Littlebits – Premium Kit||~$149.00|
In High School Makerspace Tools & Materials has a breakdown of what is needed in a high school makerspace and the approximate cost. I like how it breaks down the cost by materials needed and type of materials.
(High School Makerspace Tools & Materials, page 9)
- I live near a transfer site, so I think I can get many items free from there i.e. cardboard, wood, old computer parts, used toys, etc.
- Parent donations – I can ask students to bring in cardboard from food boxes. I like the idea of having a tool drive. According to Hlubinka (2013), “Do a tool drive in your community. Your neighbors may have some of the tools you need and be happy to share these with a new generation of Makers.”
- Community donations
- I will find out how much school funding I could possibly get if I also did something after school.
My goal for the future: The more skilled I become at hosting a makerspace I will look into writing/obtaining grant money.
Cooper, J. (2013, September 30). Designing a school makerspace. Retrieved June 23, 2015 from http://www.edutopia.org/blog/designing-a-school-makerspace-jennifer-cooper
Gorman, M. (2014, August 3). Maker space in education series…10 sites to start making in the classroom. [Blog post]. Retrieved June 23, 2015 from https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/2014/08/03/maker-space-in-education-series-10-sites-to-start-making-in-the-classroom/
Hlubinka, M. (2013, August 21). Stocking up school makerspaces. Retrieved June 23, 2015 from http://makezine.com/2013/08/21/stocking-up-school-makerspaces/
Makerspace. (2012). High School Makerspace Tools & Materials. Retrieved June 23, 2015 from http://spaces.makerspace.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/hsmakerspacetoolsmaterials-201204.pdf
Mullick, N. (2012, April 9). Caine’s Arcade. [Video]. Retrieved June 23, 2015 from https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=87&v=faIFNkdq96U