Compiled by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com
Students will have ideas for projects they want to undertake in a Makerspace, and as they get more involved in making, more and more ideas will flow. But it’s a good idea to have some resources built around making specific projects, especially in the preparing stage. Working out a plan, involving staff and school community, finding spaces, flexible seating and storage ideas are all important ideas covered in the articles listed in Resources for Maker Ed. Today I want to share a short list of ideas and activities that focus more on practical making activities.
But first, a quote to light the way.
Courses in Computer Science Fundamentals for all ages from Code.org
ABC Splash - Make Your Own Game Using Scratch - Step-by-step instructions.
“The aim of this site is to inspire and support teachers to go beyond the basics in bringing LEGO-based engineering to all students. New to LEGO robotics? Let us help you Get started! Want an idea for a challenge to give your students? Look here for Inspiration.”
TINKER and PLAY
The Librarian’s Guide to LittleBits and STEAM - Following instructions is part of everyday life, but kids also learn such a lot by tinkering and playing.
ARTS and CRAFTS
Washigang is an Australian washi tape store.
WEBSITES with Projects, Activities and Challenges
Instructables - DIY instructions shared by makers. Adult supervision is necessary as with all websites!
How Stuff Works - Lots of explanations of how things work
Exploratorium - Tinkering projects
Global Cardboard Challenge - One special focus on making with cardboard. Organizer Playbook and Cardboard Challenge Playbook.
***Sylvia’s Super-Awesome Maker Show - Sylvia is a kid who has a very cool DIY webshow. Kids can browse the episodes and watch vision of projects that grab their interest.
9 Maker Projects for Beginner Maker Ed Teachers - “Here are nine class-tested, teacher-approved ideas, which can be built using a few tools for K–8 students.”
I am compiling a Listly List of individual maker projects I like, and have embedded it below. Don’t forget, Listly allows you to embed this list on your own website if you would like your students to access it there.