Building a New Makerspace – Resources

I was recently asked to give a presentation and makerspace tour for a learning environment conference hosted at my school. The audience was architects, furnishing sellers, edtech distributors and Virginia educators currently in the process of planning new building construction and major renovations. I assembled a short list of resources that I thought would be valuable in the process.

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Please leave a comment saying what resources you would add or remove from this list.


Reference Guide 6 page summary ($) – Consider this the SparkNotes guide to makerspace planning suitable for principals, school board, PTA, board of supervisors. Covers lots of ground in 6 pages for folks that aren’t going to read a whole book.
-Making and Makerspaces in Education https://www.nprinc.com/making-and-makerspaces-in-education/


Essential Reading List
-Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom 2nd Ed. https://www.amazon.com/Invent-Learn-Tinkering-Engineering-Classroom/dp/0997554371/

-Meaningful Making: Projects and Inspirations for FabLabs and Makerspaces, vol 1& 2 https://fablearn.org/fellows/meaningful-making-book/

-The Space: A Guide For Educators https://www.amazon.com/Space-Educators-Rebecca-Louise-Hare/dp/1945167017/

-Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration: https://www.amazon.com/Make-Space-Stage-Creative-Collaboration/dp/1118143728

-Safer Makerspaces, Fab Labs, and STEM Labs: A Collaborative Guide https://www.flinnsci.com/safer-makerspaces-fab-labs-and-stem-labs-a-collaborative-guide/ap9964/


Makerspace Playbook
https://makered.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Makerspace-Playbook-Feb-2013.pdf

Starting a FabLab
https://fabfoundation.org/getting-started/#fab-lab-questions

CTE Makeover Challenge Bootcamp
http://www.ctemakeoverchallenge.com/cte-makeover-bootcamp/

MIT Edgerton Center: Makerspace Resources for K12 Educators
http://k12maker.mit.edu/

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Virginia DOE Safety Resources
-VDOE Safety in Science Teaching (2018)
http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/science/index.shtml

-The Safety Best Practice Guide for CTE
http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/career_technical/technology/index.shtml

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