Read This Book: Making Makers

Making Makers: Kids, Tools, and the Future of Innovation | This book takes a look at the childhood expereinces of many prominent makers, and looks at what common factors they had. It also offers advice for helping raise the next generation of makers.

“What is a ‘maker’? Quite simply, makers make things. Some makers build robots, some sew clothes, some prepare food, some design tools, some construct houses. ‘Maker’ isn’t a title conveyed after passing some test or degree program; rather, it is a self-identification.  It’s also not, by any stretch of the imagination, a new concept.” In … 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

Building Curriculum Connections Into Makerspaces

Building Curriculum Connections into Makerspaces | In my article for the Florida Media Quarterly, I describe how I've incorporated curriculum connections into my makerspace program.

  Curriculum Connections in Makerspaces In an article I wrote for Florida Media Quarterly, I describe ways that I’ve built curriculum connections into my makerspace.  I get this question often, so I wanted to describe a few of the things I’ve done at Stewart.  This is by no means an exhaustive list.  Nor am I saying … Read more

Stewart MakerFair 2015: How We Shared Our Makerspace

Stewart MakerFair 2015- How We Shared Our Makerspace | At our 2015 MakerFair, we had Maker Stations, special guests, and STEM demonstrations throughout the night. Our students shared about our makerspace with parents and community members.

The Stewart 2015 MakerFair  In April, we held our second annual Stewart MakerFair during our final parent conference night of the year.  Last year’s Mini Makerfaire was focused more on introducing our community to what we had started with our Makerspace program.  This year, our program was already well-established, so we created a fun event focused … 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

How to Build An Awesome Makerspace Resource Library

How to Build an Awesome Makerspace Resource Library : Having books on topics related to makerspaces is essential for supporting the independent learning of your makers. In this post, I offer up ideas for books to add to your makerspace library. | RenovatedLearning.com

The Makerspace Resource Library I’ve been a Maker in one form or another for a long time, way before that word was even common.  I learned how to sew from my mom in high school.  In college, I learned how to knit and crochet from my best friend.  I frequently dabbled in other crafty enterprises … Read more

How to Build an Epic LEGO Wall

How to Build an EPIC LEGO Wall | Follow along with this detailed tutorial to create your very own EPIC LEGO Wall. Great for libraries, makerspaces, classrooms, bedrooms, offices or anywhere awesome. Bonus printable in post too! | RenovatedLearning.com

If you’re the type of person who loves to print instructions out, I’ve created a printable pdf just for you  🙂   Click here for a free download!   Building an EPIC LEGO WALL This post is a tutorial on how to build your own Epic LEGO Wall.  I’ve had many, many people ask me … Read more