EDET 677 Week 6 What stuff will you stock your making space with, what’s the cost, and how will you fund it?
There are a lot of things I’d like to stock my makerspace with. I want my makerspace to include a basic stock of supplies to keep my students’ feeling challenged, inspired, and busy (Martinez, et.al, loc., 3336). This includes a 3D printer, electronic parts and tools, computers, cameras, software, craft and art supplies, building materials and traditional tools, recycling and reusable produces, and a library.
My electronics would include soldering irons and supplies, LEDs, buzzers or things that light up and can make sounds, batteries, wire cutters, tweezers, etc., (Martinez, et.al, loc., 3345).
“Computers are the most versatile part of your makerspace,” according to Martinez. I don’t have desktops in my classroom, nor do I have laptops for each student, but I know that I can easily get desktop computers set up in my makerspace. I’d begin collecting peripherals and parts that students can use whenever: cables, memory cards, blank CDs/DVDs, microphones, speakers, headsets, software, etc., (Martinez, et.al, loc., 3364). I’d also begin collecting video cameras and phones. On my desktop computers, I would install the tools needed for students to create or design their projects. Martinez recommends Hyperstudio, Tech4Learning, and Animatonish (loc., 3393).
I have a great collection of art supplies in my classroom already: glue guns/sticks, felt, card stock, stickers, pipe cleaners, sewing supplies, tape, scissors, popsicle sticks, modeling clay, containers, beads, the list can go on. But I can always have more.
I’d like my makerspace to include a variety of building materials and tools. This includes pliers, hammers, clamps, screwdrivers, drills, lumber, plywood, cardboard, glue, hooks, pins, nails, screws, bolts, washers, etc., (Martinez, et.al, loc., 3406). Old phones, calculators, remote controls, clocks, radios, TVs, and any other unnecessary house old items that are no longer needed.
I think one of the most important things needed in a makerspace is a library. Students need to have access to all kids of books that will inspire them and spark their imaginations (Martinez, et.al, loc., 3445).
It would be nice if I can get all of these things free. According to the article, “The Beginners Guide to Makerspaces,” we should “keep it local” and ask for donations from in the area. Since Koliganek is really small village, I’d ask for donations from our school district, our village corporation, our Native Corporation, and our village’s environmental organization for donations. The article suggests asking local hardware stores, local illustrators, university programs, Regional economic development authorities and large universities/corporations.
Paloma-Garcia Lopez suggests first finding a space. My classroom is really small, but our school will have an extra room this coming school year. There are no available buildings in our community with Internet connection that would work for a makerspace except the school. Another good way to start up a space is to get a club going. If I can have a makerspace club afterschool, or sometime during the school day, I know that I’d be able to use that extra classroom.
Building a makerspace classroom sounds like a lot of work, but once it’s together and everyone understands the philosophy of it, it’ll be worth it.
Garcia-Lopez, P. (2013, September 05). 6 Strategies for Funding a Makerspace. Retrieved June 21, 2016, from http://www.edutopia.org/blog/6-strategies-funding-makerspace-paloma-garcia-lopez
Martinez, S. L., & Stager, G. (n.d.). Invent to learn: Making, tinkering, and engineering in the classroom. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
The Beginner’s Guide to Makerspaces Tags: Edtech, fab labs, makerspaces, school libraries . (2016, February 14). Retrieved June 21, 2016, from http://libraryschool.libguidescms.com/content.php?pid=669125