Makerspace Resources

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Makerspaces are popular in schools and libraries as they activate learning and provide opportunities for students to explore and apply thinking in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

A Makerspace begins with a mindset. Whether a school has a thousand dollar innovation center, or a classroom teacher has a recycle zone/ creation-center, a maker's mindset can enhance and transform learning. When students are able to experiment, construct and apply design-thinking individually or with peers, the 4 C's (Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Critical Thinking) come to life. Activities and STEM challenges that support the 4 C's build a foundation for Deeper Learning and are can be seen in Natick's Project Based Learning efforts.

Below are resources to get started designing/purchasing/persuading:

Starting a School Makerspace from Scratch

Colleen Graves, Edutopia

Makerspace Bins

Terry James Resource Centre

What to Put in Your Makerspace (and How to Pay for it)

Teri Bauerly

Why Every Classroom Should Be a Makerspace

John Spencer

John Spencer’s Makerspace Checklist