Teachers around the country are excited about Makerspaces, and for good reason. By turning a classroom or library into a Makerspace, students can join a global movement of makers while learning STEM in a hands-on way.What is a Makerspace? We like the definition they use at OEDB:
“Makerspaces, sometimes also referred to as hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs are creative, DIY spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn.”
For a teacher, that usually means creating a designated space for kids to meet, create, invent, and learn outside of the traditional classroom structure.To help you get started with your Makerspace, we’ve put together a few lists of supplies you can request through DonorsChoose. These recipes are a great place to begin, and we’ve included resources below for educators who want to take their making to the next level.
KEVA Structures 200 Block Set (x4)LEGO Structures Classic Large Creative Brick Box (x2)K'NEX 35 Model Building SetMarbulous-Translucent Marble RunThinkFun Maker Studio Gears KitMakeDo Find and Make Car KitTotal: $400
Of course, with such a variety of vendors, the prices listed here might vary. We encourage you to shop around to get the best deals. These are also suggestions for supplies, not actual bundles, so feel free to mix and match as you please.And if you have questions about where to find any specific items, check out this guide to commonly requested items.
Other Makerspace Resources for Teachers
To go beyond the resources you can fit in your classroom, take your class on a field trip to a local Fab Lab. Here’s a map on the Fab Foundation website.
Educators interested in connecting with other teachers working on engineering in the classroom can visit Link Engineering.
HS Librarian and blogger Colleen Graves has put together a great list of links for teachers getting started with the Maker community.
Kristina Holsweiss runs a blog about her awesome library Makerspace (or, as they call it, their "Libratory") funded through DonorsChoose projects.