Defining Makerspaces: Part 2

(Wordcloud above created from the Twitter posts below) Last week, someone criticized my makerspace as not being a “real” Makerspace because it does’t have power tools and suggested that I research what “real makerspaces” are.  Part one of my response to this criticism was my post last week where I looked for definitions from a variety … Read more

Defining Makerspaces: What the Research Says

Defining MAKERSPACES: What the research says: After receiving criticism that my space was not a "real makerspace", I decided to draft my own definition and take a look at how research defines makerspaces.

Recently, I had the unfortunate experience of dealing with criticism.  I was told (not to my face) by a visitor to our school that our library makerspace is not a “real makerspace”.  This same person stated that our woodshop is a “real makerspace” because it has power tools.  She suggested that I “do some research” on … Read more

Book Review: Worlds of Making by Laura Fleming

I was beyond excited when I heard that Laura Fleming was writing a book on makerspaces.  And I was even more excited (and honored) when she asked me to write a section on the beginnings of our makerspace at Stewart.  So I made sure to order several copies as soon as it became available on … Read more

Makerspace Tour: The HIVE

*This post is part of an on-again off-again series where I visit makerspaces in schools, libraries and public/private spaces.  It’s a great chance to see the amazing diversity of spaces there are in the Maker Movement* The HIVE is Tampa’s first public library Makerspace, and it’s awesome.  Their motto is “create – collaborate – cowork” and … Read more

The Stewart/Lamar Catapult Challenge

  I don’t remember exactly when the first conversation happened, but somewhere through chatting on Twitter and the interwebs, Colleen Graves and I decided that it would be awesome to connect our Maker kids.  I have an afterschool group that meets on Mondays at the same time as her group, even though we’re in different time … Read more

6 Ways to Rethink Your Library Space and Make it Amazing

6 Ways to Rethink Your Library Space and Make it Amazing | Over the course of five years, I've worked to renovated and redesign the library at Stewart Middle Magnet. Here, I share what I learn in six lessons that you can apply to your own library or classroom.

Over the past five years, we have redesigned our media center and transformed it into a more flexible, collaborative space.  This is the story of how we got there, and how you can apply what we learned as you rethink your library space. Want to learn even more about transforming your library space?  Check out my … Read more