Makerspaces

  • 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.

  • How the Library Helps Integrate Making Across the Curriculum

    A Title I STEAM-focused school connects students to new ideas with tech tools that help construct their problem-solving skills all in one place. 

  • At Skill Station 4, students unbox and set up a Makey Makey. Students then experiment with this tool testing conductive and non-conductive materials. Next, students are presented with a challenge for Days 2 and 3 to create a game controller utilizing the Makey Makey using craft supplies and found objects to the game that they developed using Scratch at Skill Station 3. The Makey Makey controller emulated the controller found in their game — up, down, right and left arrows, space and click.

    Making Space for Makerspaces

    Pop-up makerspaces have allowed project-based learning to grow and blossom. Using higher-order thinking skills, students are given the opportunity to problem-solve, ask questions, think, create, innovate, fix and revise. A new set of learning theories have popped up as well. Innovation and design theory have become a way of learning, with entrepreneurship at the helm.

  • Carnegie Mellon Researchers Turn Desktop 3D Printer into Bioprinter for Under $500

    Carnegie Mellon Researchers Turn Desktop 3D Printer into Bioprinter for Under $500

    In addition to improvements in cost, the device reportedly allows for larger-scale printing and greater precision than many commercially available bioprinters. The team released its research under a Creative Commons license to encourage others to build their own as well.