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Easy Getting Started Handout below- All things that can be loaded into paper bags


MakerSpace To Go Ideas.docx






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https://animoto.com/play/N60AAZPlCHxu9VsGRuTeqg           Winners of Cardboard Challenge 2017





 As we create our Makerspace- watch it grow here





What is a Maker Space?

Our space is located in the school’s library and is filled with learning stations which inspires students’ creativity and innovation providing students the  opportunity to create, build, tinker, invent, and “make”. Our stations  include arts& crafts, electronics/circuits, robotics, building blocks, stop-motion animation, virtual and augmented reality along with pop-up cards, comic creation, and spin art, and so much more




Why Have a Makerspace?

    • Support higher level thinking

    • Application of 21st century skills

    • Using creativity with a purpose

    • Applying classroom content knowledge to Problem solving

    • Addresses Many standards  

    • Provide open ended activities and team work similar to what engineers and designers use

    • Using Technology as a tool not as an end onto itself

    • Engagement of learners offering them choices and encouraging self direction

    • Tied to STEAM Curriculum (Science, Technology, Art and Math)




Our Makespace stations include

1. 'Knex


Programming a robot mouse is a great introduction to coding for kids.:

Sphero Mini Golf:Image result for sphero

2. Robotics- Ozobots- coding robots- Roamer-Sphero-Code and Go!

Week one draw code trails for the bots to follow

Week two-Create a construction set with the  Ozobot construction add on kit.

Week three- Ozobots dancing with Minions. Ozobots go bowling!


3.Cardboard Challenge

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Week one- You choose Water bottle Sun catchers or Cardboard challenge

Week two- Create a new Cereal box

Week three-Make something you or someone else can use.


Fun STEM Challenge for kids using plastic Easter eggs plus ways to extend the activity.:



Week 1- Cup stacking 3 different sizes

Week 2 - Domino's run

Week 3-Cup stacking with tongue  depressors for making bridges.


5. Augmented Reality-

Week one- Sports theme

Week two- Spring theme

Week three Science theme



6. Google Cardboard and V.R.

Week one-demos on dinosaurs

Week two- Inside the mind

Week three visit outer space

7. Legos

Week one free build

Week two Rainbows and Spring

Week three- Marble mazes


8. Week 1 -Sticker rebus Stories

Week 2 - Popup card

Week 3- Sticker Art & Comic book construction with Photo booth

speech bubbles



9. Stopmotion Animation

Week one Minecraft and Space

Week two Medieval and Neighborhood

Week three- Choice



10. Snap circuits and Perplexis


11. 3D printer may visit for a Day

12.   QR Code  Seeking

13. Doodle bots

14. Marker Spin Art


15. Makey Makey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It's a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between:



Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for anyone making interactive projects.

Make Makey: Make everyday objects do amazing things.:



More Ideas for Making

CD Art with Sharpies


Paper toweling animals

STEM Challenge for Kids: Build a Hexbug Maze with Straws (Fun science and engineering activity for a class or to do on a rainy day!) ~ BuggyandBuddy.com:lego-hacks-Collage-frugal-coupon-living

Bottle rockets from bottles

Recycled Water bottles



Milk bottles





Ideas and Inspiration

5 Characteristics of Project-Based Learning That Works


Colored golf tees in peg board- kind like a light bright without the light.:5 Free Templates - Paper circuits are a creative way to teach electricity & circuits. Perfect #MakerED project for a school or library makerspace.:Golf T's in peg boardand  paper circuits




                                    Paper Plate Crafts




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April is #PoetryMonth! Stop in the @SouthEastJHIC library to create your own poem!:STEM Challenges for School and Home - Monthly!:Build A Tiny House! Project Based Learning Activity, A PBLhttps://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Build-A-Tiny-House-Project-Based-Learning-Activity-A-PBL-2801364


Engineering Project for Kids:  Build a Straw Roller Coaster!  Use straws to create a track that a ping pong ball will roll on. Fun STEM challenge for kids!:Ideas for building your STEM kits on the cheap. STEM Materials from Dollar Tree from More Than a Worksheet:


This fun marble maze is great fun for kids.  It is easy to make with things that you will have in the house.:STEM Challenge: Build a water slide and then test it- with water! And, just for…:


Homemade-Wigglebot-A-First-Robot-ResearchParent.jpg (600×811):STEM Challenge: Make a marble run coaster using paper plates! Check this blog post for more!:Use materials from around the house to create a shape geoboard. This simple shape geoboard activity is great for STEAM. Encourage learn through play.:


Homemade tinker toys in the library - No budget?  Use toilet paper or paper towel tubes and straws to make your own building components for a library center!:STEM Challenge: Prove Newton's 3rd Law of Motion with bottle cars! Let the races begin!:


Hillsdale Library – MakerSpace Wednesday – Hack a Toothbrush:


Tin Foil Boat Ideas for the STEM Penny Challenge:MAKE IT MOVE! - STEM Challenge that kids of all ages will love as they race to the finish!:Design a domino experiment to determine which domino chain will go the fastest.:



ght circuit cards https://www.makerspaces.com/makerspace-project-light-saber-paper-circuits/



Free Printable Gliding Robot Template~ BuggyandBuddy.com         IMG_4916-wm.jpg (452×650)Yarn-Wrapped Egg Carton Bee Craft for Kids

Firefly Crafts for Kids

18 Ladybug Crafts for Kids

Cardboard Tube Bee Craft for Kids Using Yarn

Yarn-Wrapped Egg Carton Bee Craft for Kids





















What to collect for free

1. Toilet paper, wrapping paper and paper toweling rolls.

2. Water bottles

3. Cardboard

4. Cups

5. Bottle caps from  laundry soap, pop, water bottles ect.

6. Craft or Popsicle sticks

7. Rubber bands

8. Keys

9. Shoe laces

10. Tin foil

11. Old electric tooth brushes that still vibrate 

12. Milk cartons from the lunch room

13 Brown bag lunch stacks

14 Stickers

15 Pringles cans


Things to beg borrow or buy

1. Crayons

2. Glue sticker

3. Color Pencils

4. Markers

5. Copy Paper

6. Golf t's 

7. Tin foil

8. Pennies

9. Dominoes

10. Marbles

11. Straws

12. String or yarn

13 Tagboard Colored

14. Balloons

15. Pipe cleans



Pricey stuff

(write grants for/borrow from those more fortunate)

1. Robots. (Ozobots cost 50 and a code and go mouse is 24. Sphero's are around 100)

2. 3D Printer

3. Circuit Kits (Amazon) 

4. Led lights, batteries and, and copper tape (amazon)

5. Simple machines (Lego has some Knex and you might be able to et some from a science kit in your building)






STEAM Projects for Home http://www.playdoughtoplato.com/stem-activities-for-kids/



GeekDad- Raising Geek Generation 2.0

Built By Kids-DIY Projects

Instructables-Explore, Document, and Share Projects

HowToons-Part comic strip and part science experiment, Howtoons shows children how to find imaginative new uses for common household items like soda bottles.

MakeIt@Your Library

Make Magazine

Looledo-extraordinary projects from ordinary things

PBSKids Design Squad-Engineering and Science Activities

Crafty Crow-A Children's Craft Collection

Spark! Lab-Activities and Experiments

Learn Sparkfun-Tutorials for Creating

Tinkerlab-Creative Experiments for Makers & Tinkerers

The Tinkering Studio-Science, art, tech, & great ideas

Make To Learn-Bringing DYI and Education Together



Nonfiction Minute

Destiniation Imagination


















See the Robot Glider in Action Here






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