Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace

Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library MakerspaceLearn how to use design challenges to spur creativity in your students

I co-wrote Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace with Colleen Graves and Aaron Graves because I wanted to help create a definitive resource on creating and utilizing design challenges in makerspaces.  This thorough resource covers everything from getting started, building a maker culture and setting up the physical space of your makerspace to organizing global collaborations, partnering with maker experts and documenting learning with maker journals.  We go into detail about how to create design challenge prompts that will spur on creativity in your students.  The book includes grade-level specific sections for elementary and secondary that offer curriculum connected challenges and activities.  We interview and feature a ton of amazing maker educators from all grade levels and types of schools.

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Challenge-Based Learning Posts and Resources

From Renovated Learning
Design Challenges

Recommended Books

These are books that we read and/or referenced in Challenge-Based Learning and they’re all amazing resources.

Get Active
The Language of School Design
Design Thinking
participatory museum
The Third Teacher
From the Campfire to the Holodeck
Steal like an Artist
Worlds of Making
Make Space
The Art of Tinkering
Makeology Volume 2
zero to maker
Library Spaces for 21st Century Learners
Invent to Learn

Maker Picture Books

In the elementary curriculum connections section of Challenge-Based Learning, you can find design challenge ideas for each of these awesome picture books.

iggy peck
extra yarn
the day the crayons quit
going places
the most magnificent thing
violet the pilot
mix it up
what do you do with an idea