maker space

Maker space layout

Innovation Lab / Digital Shop – better names? makerspace * e4k stem

2018.2 * digital kindle/ipads drawing animation photo music video scratch game * interactive book * makerspace equipment could benefit the classroom environment: science technology engineering art math * maker projects laser cutter circuits robots Scratch * cardboard chairs prototype toys size ** task cards crocheting a hat for a cat; constructing a desk organizer; making a mock-up of a state-of-the-art lunch tray, and an alarm for treasure box. Some students wanted to create and some wanted to investigate. Taking apart old donated cell phones or toys was popular. All choices provided the students with problem solving opportunities. * Tinkering Studio is primarily an R&D laboratory on the floor of the Exploratorium, but whenever possible we try to share our projects, activities, and developing ideas following an “open source” model. Learn how you too can enjoy our activities in your kitchen, garage, classroom, and community. * Top Five Materials in an Educational Makerspace cardboard wood plastic fasteners tape glue rope twine string

2.18.2016 – activities – always available – craft sticks, glue gun, colored paper, LEGO, iPad minis, poster paper, tape, jigsaw puzzles * Monday, Thursday – 6th grade lunch 11:15. 2 student makers / guides * foam plate glider * brushes redux * [/balloon%20rocket%20car balloon rocket car] – water bottles, swe kits * augmented reality – coloring, 3d animation 2.11.2016 * [/duct%20tape%20creations duct tape creations] coin purse * 1.14 1.21 1.25 * Origami (podcast 2:00) – [/origami origami] crane * Jumping frog * Origami Magic Rose Cube| (video 7:57) * 1.25 * [[|paracord bracelets * other project requests, interests, volunteer to demonstrate / lead / coordinate

2016 – 6th lunch ? girls * hour of code * LEGO League * 3D printer, TinkerCAD * Brushes – painting, drawing * duct tape, origami * quilter, paper quilts – posters, QR code * drawing * duct tape creations * marble maze * paper quilts * form plate glider * marble roller coaster * balloon rocket car * hour of code * visualization * marshmallow tower * scratch

ready to go

  • Design thinking – Ready, Set, Design – bags of basic materials, challenge, groups of 2-4

coming soon…

  • cartoons
  • movies
  • knitting, crocheting – pot holder, dishcloth
  • “me” dolls / minifigs – foam core / stick, cartoons, caricatures
  • graham cracker “gingerbread” houses
  • plastic canvas ornaments, paper beads, wreaths
  • craft sticks – baskets, houses
  • bottle cap art, crafts – basket
  • paper beads – simple, round – roller, glaze, glue, paint brush, string
  • toothpick bridges
  • spaghetti tower

Ideas, suggestions, instructions

done that

  • 2015.11 – origami, jigsaw puzzles, purchased marble maze

About Maker Space

broken.jpg Makerspace – a community center with tools, equipment, community, and education for the purposes of enabling community members to design, prototype and create manufactured works that wouldn’t be possible to create with the resources available to individuals working alone.

  • sharing space and tools
  • providing access to equipment, community, and education
  • design, engineering, fabrication and education
  • Makerspace Playbook – guide

K-8 schools makers – why

  • self-directed, interesting, engaging, challenging, new experience for many
  • design thinking, prototype, failure, innovation, evaluation, revision
  • learn to use tools, hand-eye coordination, make something physical, visualization, spatial thinking
  • follow directions > 3D, experiment, test many ideas
  • low cost, easy, little or no set-up


  • don’t be evil, do no harm, play nicely with others, share, don’t hijack someone else’s project
  • listen, observe, ?
  • provide constructive criticism, feedback – accept / give
  • gracious professionalism
  • put stuff back, clean up after yourself
  • donate stuff, keep materials / tools refilled
  • “I failed today :o)”

Maker movement – a tech-influenced DIY (Do It Yourself) community. Ingenious makers and innovative technologies such as the Arduino microcontroller and personal 3D printing are driving innovation in manufacturing, engineering, industrial design, hardware technology and education.

Maker Faire – Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors.


  • Tinkercad

Getting started – Kits are available, or parts can be purchased separately, or as kits and modified, to build projects less expensively or in different more creative ways.

  • handy tools
  • basic materials
  • commercial, school, community – MakerKids tools – extensive lists

Do It Yourself (DIY)

  • Magazines – Popular Mechanics, MAKE magazine
  • Books –
  • Boy Scouts
  • kits – Radio Shack, Heathkit


  • Arduino microcontroller
  • personal 3D printing
  • Scratch – from MIT – programming

MakerSpace is a place to have an opportunity to explore technology interests, learn to use tools and materials, and develop creative projects with programing, electronics and other technologies. There are workshops to learn new things and complete fun projects paving the way to building your own projects with provided tools and machines.

MakerSpace – tools, materials, equipment, …

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