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.
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.