AASL Post: Small Steps to a Makerspace: Maker Mondays

Small Steps to a Makerspace: Maker Mondays : Not sure how to get started building a maker culture in your school? Consider Maker Mondays.

One thing my new school didn’t have when I started was a makerspace. We did have a newly created Virtual Reality Lab (with a 3D printer) in the library, but there had not been any maker culture in the library before. It’s been a traditional study hall environment, so I knew it would take some time to make the shift to a maker environment. Due to current school policies, I also knew that we couldn’t really do much making during the school day. I could have students come in to use the VR lab, but that was it. So this semester, I initiated an afterschool Maker Mondays program.

Being at a new-to-me school that hasn’t had a makerspace, it can be difficult to figure out how to get started.  Creating Maker Mondays has been a great way to take baby steps during the first year.

Small Steps to a Makerspace: Maker Mondays

In my post on AASL Knowledge Quest, I talk about the program that I’ve created in my school library.  We meet afterschool once a week.  Sometimes we have open exploration days.  Sometimes we focus on particular topics, such as 3D printing, virtual reality, recycled book art and paper circuits.

Click on over to AASL to learn more about our Maker Mondays program.

Diana Rendina, MLIS, is the media specialist at Tampa Preparatory School, an independent 6-12 in Tampa, FL. Previously, she was the media specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School for seven years, where she founded their library makerspace. She is the creator of the blog RenovatedLearning.com. She was a monthly contributor to AASL Knowledge Quest from 2015-2018. Diana is the winner of the 2016 ISTE Outstanding Young Educator Award, the 2015 ISTE Librarians Network Secondary Award, the 2015 AASL Frances Henne Award & the 2015 SLJ Build Something Bold Award. She is an international speaker on the Maker Movement and has presented at conferences including AASL, FETC & ISTE. Diana co-authored Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace with Colleen and Aaron Graves and is also the author Reimagining Library Spaces: Transform Your Space on Any Budget.


  1. Benjamin An : June 13, 2018 at 2:56 am

    Thank you for your thoughts and best practices, warm regards.

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