Makerspaces and Libraries: Workshop Version

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(Post contains affiliate links.  If you make a purchase using them, I get a small commission that helps support running this blog.) Makerspaces and Libraries: Workshop Version Makerspaces & Libraries: How to Bring Some STEAM Into Your Program (Updated 7-17 Workshop Version) from Diana Rendina 90 Minute Version Updated 10-18 Makerspaces & Libraries Workshop 90 minute … Read more

5 Ways to Make AWESOME Plans for a New Makerspace

5 Ways to Make Awesome Plans for a New Makerspace | Starting a makerspace from scratch can be daunting. Here's five things to do to help you make plans and get started.

How to Make Awesome Plans for a New Makerspace For the first time in four years, I am without a makerspace.  My new school’s library is beautiful and huge and has a school culture that is just ripe for making.  Even though it was tempting, I decided not to change it up and create a … Read more

Read this Book: The Big Book of Makerspace Projects

Read this Book: The Big Book of Makerspace Projects | Colleen and Aaron's new book is a fantastic resource for teacher, students, parents or anyone else interested in learning some new skills through some fun, hands-on maker projects.

The Big Book of Makerspace Projects is definitely the next book you should add to both your school and personal library.  Colleen Graves and Aaron Graves offer up 51 awesome makerspace projects in this book that are fun and doable no matter what level you’re at. Why The Big Book of Makerspace Projects should be … Read more

4 Reasons Why I Love Copernicus Carts in Makerspaces

4 Reasons Why I Love Copernicus Carts in Makerspaces | Finding the perfect makerspace storage solution can be tricky. I now have three Copernicus carts and they've revolution storage and accessibility in our makerspace.

Why I love Copernicus Carts In setting up a makerspace in my media center, I’m constantly on the lookout for effective, flexible storage solutions for the myriad of supplies we have.  I think I’ve found one of the best ones out there in Copernicus.   I started with one Book Browser Cart (similar to this one) … Read more

3 Reasons Why Perler Beads are Awesome for Makerspaces

3 Reasons Why Perler Beads are Awesome for Makerspaces | Perler beads are by far one of the most popular items in my makerspace. In this post, I explain why they are an awesome addition to any makerspace, and offer some advice on incorporating them into your space.

Why Perler Beads are Awesome for Makerspaces Perler Beads were one of the earliest elements of my makerspace.  I originally added them as a pop-up station during Teen Tech Week in 2014.  They ended up being such a surprise hit that they became a permanent part of our makerspace.  They’re one of my students favorite … Read more

The Value of Guided Projects in Makerspaces

The Value of Guided Projects in Makerspaces | Guided projects are excellent for providing students opportunities to learn and develop their skills. As they improve by working through these projects, they are empowered to pursue open-ended projects. | RenovatedLearning.com

Learning How to Knit I’ve been a knitter since my best friend in college first gave me a set of needles and taught me the basic stitches. This was back in 2002. When I first started out, I needed a lot of help and guidance. I would check out books on knitting from the public library. … Read more

How to Run an AWESOME After-school Makers Club

How to run an AWESOME After-school Makers Club | I've run an after-school Makers Club at my school for the last two years. Learn my tips on setting norms and routines, balancing guided projects & free time, building in reflection and sharing your projects with the world.

When I first started up my makerspace at Stewart, I knew that getting students in there after school would be the ideal time to really dive deep into projects and develop a community of makers.  During those first six months, my school didn’t have afterschool clubs but was piloting during school clubs with 6th graders, … Read more

Makerspace Logistics: How to Find a Schedule that Works

Makerspace Logistics: How to Find a Schedule that Works | One of the most frequent questions I get about our makerspace is how we schedule it, ie. when do students use our space? Here, I take a look at how our space is available to students, and offer ideas for finding a schedule that works for your school

During my poster session at ISTE, I must have been asked dozens of times: “When do students use your Makerspace?  How do you organize scheduling?” I am in a magnet middle school on a flexible schedule.  I have a very supportive administration and staff and an enthusiastic student body that’s eager to learn.  I realize that … Read more

Advocating for Makerspaces in Libraries

Advocating for Makerspaces in Libraries

  Advocating for Makerspaces in School Libraries I’m pleased and honored to announce that I will now be a regular monthly contributor to AASL’s Knowledge Quest blog.  This is likely old news to you if you follow me on Twitter, but with the summer being as crazy as it was I realized that I never … Read more

Makerspaces in Schools: Creating STEAM Connections

Makerspaces in Schools- Creating STEAM Connections | In my article for Demco Ideas,I go into detail about how you can create STEAM connections in your makerspace.

  Makerspaces in Schools: How to Create STEAM Connections In our makerspace, our students are learning both formally and informally, discovering new things about science, engineering and more. They are gaining such skills as creativity, problem solving, and collaboration, and they’re having fun while doing it. Our makerspace truly is an invaluable STEAM resource for … Read more