When I talk to other librarians and educators about starting a school Makerspace, one of the most common things I hear is: “I’d love to do (insert cool Maker activity) at my school, but we don’t have a budget for that”. What many people don’t realize is that the idea that you need a lot of money to start a Makerspace is a myth. All you need is to have vision, ingenuity, and resourcefulness. A lack of funds is no longer an excuse for keeping your students from experiencing the empowerment of bringing the Maker Education Movement into your program.
Makerspaces on a Budget
This quote is from the introduction to my article in The Scanner, the ISTE Librarian’s Network Newsletter (Volume 6, Number 1). In this article, I go over some of my best advice on ways to kickstart a Makerspace without spending a ton of money. These are just a sampling of ways that you can get started without spending a ton of money.
In the article, I talk about how to…
- Cultivate a Makerspace Vision
- Host a supply drive
- Get help from local businesses
- Utilize DonorsChoose and
- Apply for Grants
Check out the The Scanner to read the rest. Also, check out the ISTE Librarian’s Network page for links to previous newsletters.
Edited to add: Months after writing this original article, I revisited this topic again in my AASL Knowledge Quest post, How To Start a Makerspace When You’re Broke. Go check it out for even more tips and advice.