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Mobile Makerspace

posted Jul 20, 2014, 2:48 PM by Patrick Dempsey   [ updated Jul 25, 2014, 8:59 AM ]
One of the things that came out of summer school makerspace was a mobile maker cart.  The maker cart was built because...

  • As a science teacher in a science classroom I do not have the necessary storage for all of the additional tools that enhance making in the classroom and that students now need for the project based learning classroom that class has become.
  • There currently isn't a space available for a makerspace class in our school.  Therefore any and every classroom could now be a makerspace because the cart can roll in and be a part of any classroom.
  • Making can happen in every classroom and if your classroom is or is heading towards being a project based classroom having some or all of these tools available for your students will enhance their work.  
  • Students in my makerspace summer school class needed a wood working skill builder. 

Rob and I started with a cart last year for tools that mainly rotated back and forth between out classrooms.  This was MakerCart  1.0

We got a few more grants and our making ability as well as the making ability and needs of our students grew. 
SO we made a new cart. 

 We now have MakerCart version 2.0 


What will this allow students to do and with what tools?

 Students can... Tools
 build robots LEGO NXT kits and LEGO Mindstorms 2.1
 make any conductor into a button Makey-Makey- ever done dance dance revolution with buckets of water?
 build with wood variety of hand and portable power tools
build with paper cutting mats and hobby knives
 circuitry soldering irons, circuit components 
 Sewing  sewing machines, hand sewing equipment,
 build with cardboard tape and hot glue (no makerspace is complete without it)
 program with micro-processors Use Arduino Uno- the internet of things is close at hand
 make a movie i-Pods using iMovie
 make a song i-Pods using Garage Band
 Take pictures iPods using iPhoto
 code Using Code Academy or
 make out of plastic using Tinkercad and the Makerbot Replicator 3D printer
 container gardens basic potting tools
 things I'm not thinking of innovative use of tools I haven't thought of

Most of the funding for this came through a variety of different grants.  Some came through donations.  Basically Rob and I have been scrapping this together in any way we can.  Opportunities present themselves when you have eyes for them.  My district has been huge in supporting this and it really happened because a variety of people said "yes".  The plans for the cart are a slightly modified version of these plans.  Building the cart was a great skill builder for kids.  I can't wait to see how kids will continue to build out the cart and make it suit their needs.  What do you think?  Are you ready to build a mobile makerspace for your school?