The 2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Awesome Young (and Old) Makers

The 2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Awesome Young (and Old) Makers | It's the time of year for gift giving, and what better gift to give to a child (or adult) than something that encourages creativity? Here's some of my top picks for gifts for young (and not so young) makers

I normally tend to stay away from “stuff” lists when it comes to talking about makerspaces.  I believe that the stuff that goes into a makerspace should be based around the needs of the students and the school, not on a checklist of items to get.  But this list is different.  The holiday season is … 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

Build of the Week: K’nex and littleBits Laser Cannon

  There’s something about teenage boys and an obsession with weapons and war-games.  My students had been building all sorts of crazy machine guns lately, so I decided to try to harness that interest by challenging them to create laser-cannons.  We combined several different littleBits with the guns made out of K’nex to create different … Read more

A peek at our future Maker Corner

A few days ago, I tweeted out this image of our future Makerspace that I created in Skitch on my iPad.  I was inspired by The Nerdy Teacher’s post on rethinking his classroom setup, and I wanted to create a visual that could show what our space will be like when it all comes together. … Read more

Makerspace Wishlist Part 3: Engineering Tools

(This is part 3 in a series of Makerspace Wishlist posts.  See Part 1: Electonics and Part 2: Technology and Robotics for more) Engineering Tools When it comes to engineering tools, there’s really two major juggernauts: K’nex and LEGO.  I like both for different reasons.  Both are fairly intuitive and have a very low threshold for getting … Read more