How To Start & Run an Educational Makerspace
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- FREE EBOOK – Find resources for starting and running a makerspace
- Start at the beginning and answer the basic question – “What is a Makerspace?“
- What is STEM education /maker education and how can I bring it my location?
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- Learn why makerspaces are surging in popularity in schools and libraries worldwide
- Find out how to start and run your own makerspace in a school or library
- Get inspiration for your makerspace by checking out our makerspace ideas page
- Discover how to use project based learning (PBL) effectively in your makerspace
- Receive details on the best makerspace materials & supplies for your learning lab
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Our mission is to bring makerspaces into the educational system, so we can bring the educational system into the 21st century.
I’m Andrew Miller and I’m a MAKER! I’m also a husband, father to a young maker, and founder/CEO of Makerspaces.com which was started to help schools and libraries start their own makerspaces. I’ve been a maker and inventor all of my life and I truly believe that making something is one of the best forms of hands-on learning there is. At age 10, I tried to build a go-kart out of a bed frame and failed but then fast forward 25 years, I successfully built my own working 3D printer from scratch. Makers learn from failures. Being a maker is not only fun and challenging but it can be extremely educational as well and that is why makerspaces have surged in popularity over the last few years. Due to their educational value, makerspaces are no longer just stand alone membership only organizations, but are now moving into schools, libraries and universities worldwide. I come from a long line of teachers starting with my grandma to my mom to my twin brother. My grandpa was also a high school teacher who taught in the original school makerspace – wood shop. He was a master carpenter and he would have loved to see the maker movement that is going on in schools today.
Our main purpose is to help schools & libraries learn about maker spaces and the benefit of maker education so they can start their own space. We’re here to help simplify the process of starting and running an educational makerspace by providing ideas and free resources. We want to see a maker space in every school and library across the US, Canada and the world. The educational system needs to move forward and try new things in order to prepare the next generation of students to be future ready for the high tech world that’s here. 21st century students deserve 21st century educators and we want to help bring back more hands-on project based learning to the classroom.
I also have a special motivating factor that’s driving me and her name is Lilly. She’s my daughter who was born May 2014. Lilly will be in school in a few years and by then I want makerspaces to be the standard in schools because of the potential I know they offer for education and especially for STEM education. Lilly is the reason I do all of this. A quote I love is from John Dewey – “If we teach today as we taught yesterday, then we rob our children of tomorrow.”
We need to keep improving our educational system and move forward and “make” progress. We also want to see more public libraries become the places of creation and not only consumption. Lets add a makerspace to more libraries and transform them into the community centers they once were.
We can do this, but we need your help.
— Holly Jolly (@hollyljolly) July 7, 2016
— GetConnectDAD (@GetConnectDad) May 12, 2016
— Miss Dorland Grade 2 (@MsD_QOH) May 3, 2016