Makerspaces are a great way to get kids engaged in hands-on learning while also developing STEM skills. From coding and robotics to 3D printing and laser cutting, Makerspace activities can encompass a wide range of content areas, ages, and abilities.
With all these options, your school's Makerspace can be anything you want, and it can be vastly different from other schools in your same district! Take the time to consider your school's culture and ideal Makerspace curriculum when deciding which type of Makerspace you want to create. Here are some ideas to get you started.
High-Tech Makerspace Technology Ideas
High school and college-level Makerspaces tend to have more advanced technology. This can be 3D printers and scanners, laser cutters and engravers, CNC machines, embroidery and sewing machines, portable power tools, and even video game consoles.
Low-Tech Makerspace Technology Ideas
A Makerspace for elementary school will tend to have less technology, but is no less a Makerspace! Students at this age love arts and crafts supplies such as markers, paint, fabric, and cardboard. As the students develop their making skills, you can add LEGOs and K'NEX, electronics circuits, and hand tools. Many schools opt to start with a low-tech Makerspace, and add high-tech items as budget and student competencies allow.
Makerspace, or Maker Storage?
Will your Makerspace be a central location where teachers bring students to make? Or will it be a storage area where users come to gather supplies and bring back to their classroom? Consider your school's available space and the types of Makerspace activities you want to offer. If there's a large room available or you can repurpose a section of the library, you can organize that space with making in mind. If a large space is unavailable, you may opt for a closet or storage locker in a convenient area for teachers and students to borrow supplies as needed.
Makerspaces for Remote Learners
Even if you have students learning remotely, they can still benefit from a Makerspace! Provide them with the same activities and prompts as in-person learners, but have them use household supplies such as cardboard, tape, scissors, foil, and straws. You may even build a Makerspace starter kit to send to the child's home so they can have the same supplies as in-person learners. You can then opt to have remote students complete research and design at home, then construct and collaborate with peers when in the classroom. Alternatively, you could have each student build a piece of the project, then assemble it all together later.
Looking for the Best Makerspace Equipment?
With a plan in place you’re ready to shop for Makerspace kits. Whether you want the best Makerspace equipment, or you’re looking for simple Makerspace ideas, our team at Midwest Technology Products can help! Call 1-800-831-5904 or send an email and let us know what your Makerspace goals are and what you’ll need. We’ll help you narrow down the choices so you can get the ideal Makerspace for your school up and running in no time!