Makerspaces

  • U Michigan-Flint student Andleeb Baig pounds a rivet into existence the old-fashioned way. Source: University of Michigan-Flint.

    U Michigan-Flint Crafts Makerspace Partnership for Student Learning

    A Michigan institution is taking advantage of proximity to a local makerspace for student learning. The University of Michigan-Flint Department of History has purchased 15 passes for Factory Two, a facility a 10-minute walk from campus, that will allow students to go in and use the space's resources for their projects.

  • District Pursues Bond Money to Put Makerspaces in Every School

    A Michigan district is hoping voters will agree to a $39 million bond to cover capital needs, security and the addition of makerspaces to every school.

  • 3 Creativity Nonprofits Join Forces

    Three Southern California nonprofits with a global reach in STEAM and maker creativity have merged. LA Makerspace and Imagination.org have joined forces with Two Bit Circus Foundation. All are focused on helping students gain access to science, technology, engineering, art and math in creative ways.

  • This design for an adjustable ratchet wrench by Thomas Salverson at the University of Alabama won an award during the 2018 Stratasys Extreme Redesign Challenge.

    Extreme Redesign Challenge Calls on Students to Submit 3D Designs

    College, middle and high school students have the opportunity to win scholarships by showing off their 3D design prowess.

  • Using Puppets to Animate STEM Ed

    Using Puppets to Animate STEM Ed

    Sam Patterson says he isn’t going to be the guy telling everyone else that they should teach with puppets, but he is happy enough to tell you why it works really well for him. Patterson is the makerspace coordinator at Echo Horizon School. He talked with us about using puppets to help students think about design goals, building puppets to teach students about iterative processes and more.

  • Integrating Makerspaces Throughout the Curriculum

    Integrating Makerspaces Throughout the Curriculum

    The makerspace isn't just a fixed space where kids come and go to complete busywork. It's an extension of a well-established approach to educating students that has applications and deep implications across disciplines.

  • A Tale of Two Maker Cities: What One Silicon Valley City Learned from a Trip to Pittsburgh

    A Tale of Two Maker Cities: What One Silicon Valley City Learned from a Trip to Pittsburgh

    Over the last few years, I've watched from afar as Pittsburgh's Remake Learning initiative has blossomed into a resource-rich network. Its 533-member organizations are striving to inspire and equip the next generation of innovators, problem-solvers and critical thinkers through hands-on, relevant learning.

  • Integrating Makerspaces Throughout the Curriculum

    Integrating Makerspaces Throughout the Curriculum

    The makerspace isn't just a fixed space where kids come and go to complete busywork. It's an extension of a well established approach to educating students that has applications and deep implications across disciplines.

  • Creativity, Critical Thinking Top Benefits of Makerspaces

    Creativity, Critical Thinking Top Benefits of Makerspaces

    Schools without a makerspace or without plans to implement a makerspace are now in the minority.

  • Maker activities in school libraries. Source: "The Role of School Libraries in the 21st Century Maker Movement" from littleBits Education.

    School Libraries Becoming Beacons of the Maker Movement

    While more than half of school libraries in the United States and Canada (55 percent) offer maker programs to students, STEM isn't necessarily the biggest focus. The most common offering for almost four in five respondents to a recent survey (79 percent) was arts and crafts.