Resources and project ideas to help librarians create the best Makerspaces in their libraries.
- The Philosophy of Educational Makerspaces, Part 1
Reprinted from the June 2014 issue of Teacher Librarian: The Journal for School Library Professionals, is a thoughtful and insightful examination of the philosophy and pedagogical underpinnings of the maker movement. The authors’ analysis and argument are strong, and the benefits they tout are inspiring.
- Educational Makerspaces: The Environment and Tools of Great Educational Makerspaces, Part 2
Reprinted from the October 2014 issue of Teacher Librarian: The Journal for School Library Professionals, is the second in a series of three articles which provides a thoughtful and insightful examination of the philosophy and pedagogical underpinnings of the maker movement, as well as expert guidance on how to establish a program.
- Educational Makerspaces: Practical Implementation of an Educational Makerspace, Part 3
- Makerspace Movement
More resources and project ideas.
- The Power of the Maker Movement
What is a makerspace?
- Setting Up Your Own MakerSpace
Make, Create, Innovate!
Lewis and Clark's MakerSpace Adventure! As told by Angela Rosheim, Teacher-Librarian
- Makerspace Resources and Programming ideas
Great site for project ideas, lessons, resources, and books about makerspace. CHECK IT OUT!!!
- Maker Bookshelf
A starter collection for current and aspiring makebrarians | The Maker Issue
- Books to inspire Inventors and Engineers
- Where the Magic Happens
library maker programs | The Maker Issue
- PSLA 2015 “Make It @ Your Library” Presentation
Check out video on this site, for great ideas about makerspaces in elementary and middle school libraries.
- Build Your STEM Kits at Dollar Tree
STEM engineering projects are engaging, and they encourage students to think critically. One of the challenges for teachers, though, is that they often require materials that probably aren’t on the supply list. Fortunately, there is a lot you can do with items found at Dollar Tree or other discount stores. Check out the cornucopia of STEM goodness.
- How to make a 3D book
This article is in French, but has English translations.
- Corner Page Bookmarks
Page corner bookmarks are cute, practical and easy to make, easy to customize, and will set you apart from all those same-same flat rectangular bookmarks.
- MAKE IT @ YOUR LIBRARY!
This site is brought to you in collaboration with Instructables and it is our hope that through this site, libraries of all stripes and sizes will be able to experiment with maker projects. Make it @ Your Library believes that content creation in the library is a vital direction for our libraries to pursue. Happy creating!
- Science & Engineering for Kids: Paper Building Blocks
Most paper crafts revolve around creating something fancy out of paper, but did you know that you could use paper as a structural material? These simple paper building blocks are a great way to demonstrate engineering for kids.
- Spy Girls! Just for Girls.
A program of Girls, Math & Science Partnership [GMSP]–Click! engages girls, ages 10–14, to solve mysteries and complete covert missions using important science concepts as agents-in-training. The program utilizes relatable narratives and cutting-edge technology, while encouraging tactile-based inquiry and real-world problem solving skills.
- The Arts and Crafts Makerspace
- Creating the Tallest Cup Tower: A STEM Challenge
This simple challenge of stacking small cups to the tallest possible height is to get student groups to work together to create the tallest stack of cups possible.