You know something is truly revolutionary when you have no idea exactly where to place it in this library.
The Maker Movement is relatively new, but is quickly gaining traction as educators and parents realize the incredible energy it can bring to the school environment.
Here's an easy way to get started. Have your students create a roller coaster out of nothing but construction paper, tape, glue and string. The objective: have a marble take the GREATEST amount of time to get from the top of the first hill to where the coaster ends.
T.J. Petronzio, a middle school science teacher with 13 years in the classroom, includes instructions, a rubric, and a video showing the results.
Hard to believe you can build something that big out (6' high) of just construction paper.
The makerspace (also referred to as hackerspace) concept is simple and as such it can take many forms. Give people tools, space and community and you get a flourishing of new ideas, creation and action-based projects.
Includes examples of educational makerspaces and what's the difference between the term makerspace and hackerspace.
Student's perspectives on Maker Spaces
Manurewa High School is one of the largest multicultural high school secondary schools in New Zealand, with an enrollment of about 2,000 students. After their new maker space had been open for a while, the students created this video to explain the space and as a thank you to everyone who had been involved in making it happen.
They answered the questions: What is this Maker Space? What are our hopes and dreams for the Maker Space?
An excellent overview of why a maker space is valuable and why your school might want to consider hosting or supporting one.
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Sylvia is an 11 year old "Maker" with a YouTube web-show that shows kids and adults how making things can be fun, easy and more rewarding than just buying them.
Hackerspace In A Box
Hackerspace-in-a-box is a classroom experiment exploring the horizons of emerging technologies, science, media, art, emotional/social intelligence, and PLAY through hackerspace facilitated workshops.
This is one of their test runs. It shows what a hackerspace can do for student excitement.
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A good way to see what all the excitement is about is to visit a nearby maker space. This map locates maker spaces in every part of the country, and around the world. Many have special programs for students and/or hacker nights where people are there to show and explain.
Jennifer Turliuk and Andy Forest outline their recipe for success in this Make Magazine article: dedicated space, real tools, process and interest driven, kids teaching kids, exhibition and community connections.
Here is another maker space aimed at students and adults (big kids?). They encourage education through exploration, providing toys and tools to help students learn first-hand how science and engineering work.
The Self-Driving Potato
Marek Baczynski made a self driving potato. And then named him "Pontus" and adopted him as a pet. This video is part how-to-build, and lament on how adopting Pontus as a pet worked out.
The YouTube link includes a list of parts and more details on the project. Would be a good match for high school students.
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A Night Away From Home
Think maker spaces are just for older kids and tech nerds?
This video was created in one of Einstein's Workshop's stop motion animation classes, by Sophie and Allanna, ages 8 and 9.
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Maker Faire is a series of events originally created by Make magazine to "celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset".
Maker Faires happen around the world and bring together an eclectic group of students, makers, dreamers and do'ers. A great place to make contacts and get inspired (or inspire others).
This billboard was photographed in Silicon Valley near San Jose, CA. Odds are, there are similar resources available in your area.
This is what happens when you take a comic book artist, an inventor, and a toy designer. Howtoons' mission is to provide engaging content that teaches kids how to build things, combining instructions with storytelling. A great STEM resource.