Building a New Makerspace – Resources
I was recently asked to give a presentation and makerspace tour for a learning environment conference hosted at my school. The audience was architects, furnishing sellers, edtech distributors and Virginia educators currently in the process of planning new building construction and major renovations. I assembled a short list of resources that I thought would be valuable in the process.
Please leave a comment saying what resources you would add or remove from this list.
Reference Guide 6 page summary ($) – Consider this the SparkNotes guide to makerspace planning suitable for principals, school board, PTA, board of supervisors. Covers lots of ground in 6 pages for folks that aren’t going to read a whole book.
-Making and Makerspaces in Education https://www.nprinc.com/making-and-makerspaces-in-education/
Essential Reading List
-Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom 2nd Ed. https://www.amazon.com/Invent-Learn-Tinkering-Engineering-Classroom/dp/0997554371/
-Meaningful Making: Projects and Inspirations for FabLabs and Makerspaces, vol 1& 2 https://fablearn.org/fellows/meaningful-making-book/
-The Space: A Guide For Educators https://www.amazon.com/Space-Educators-Rebecca-Louise-Hare/dp/1945167017/
-Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration: https://www.amazon.com/Make-Space-Stage-Creative-Collaboration/dp/1118143728
-Safer Makerspaces, Fab Labs, and STEM Labs: A Collaborative Guide https://www.flinnsci.com/safer-makerspaces-fab-labs-and-stem-labs-a-collaborative-guide/ap9964/
Starting a FabLab
CTE Makeover Challenge Bootcamp
MIT Edgerton Center: Makerspace Resources for K12 Educators
Virginia DOE Safety Resources
-VDOE Safety in Science Teaching (2018)
-The Safety Best Practice Guide for CTE