Friday, February 3, 2017

Activities for Maker Ed



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.


CODING

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.


3D PRINTING


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.

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