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Makerspace Inspiration for March

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Sketchnotes from a session at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference on “Makerfying Your Library.”
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Creativity not only exercises your brain, it’s good for your overall well-being. Playing, creating, tinkering, experimenting, inventing and programming are just some ways children and adults alike can exercise their “making” powers. All the tools and materials we might use to make a creative project shine are stored collectively in what are coined makerspaces, and they come in all varieties and sizes. Makerspaces are DIY places to collaborate, co-create and innovate. Whether you want to build a makerspace for the classroom, the library, on a bus or even at home, the possiblities for doing so are endless. There’s really no wrong way to build a makerspace, so we’ve pulled together some different types to inspire you during the month of March. Perhaps the start of spring will also be the start of a new makerspace!

1. Mobile Makerspaces: Around the world, makerspaces are becoming traveling ‘create’ spaces that can be housed on buses, RVs or basically anything that can be transported easily to a new location. Equipped with anything from a 3-D printer to Play-Doh and wire, you can find an online starter list of existing mobile makerspaces. There are currently over 1,000 Meetup groups in various countries just for makerspace enthusiasts.

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Children Working in a Makerspace at an Innovation Center in The Netherlands
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2. Hackspaces: Hackspaces often focus a lot on technology, computers, electronic art and engineering. You might find a combination of electronic gadgets, hardware, science experimentation and digital art creation here. The hackerspaces wiki contains an extensive list of current locations in the U.S. and beyond.

3. Fab Labs: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was an integral collaborater in making the first fab lab come to life. By definition, one of the most important aspects of making a fab lab is having open access. Materials should be easily available and the fab lab itself should promote free expression. The FabFoundation is a wonderful resource for first-time and experienced fab lab founders.

4. Makerspaces at Home: What if you could convince a student to make his or her own toys or games? Building a makerspace makes that possible. Whether you need a space for making electronic-powered robots, dolls, board games, glow-in-the-dark Play-Doh or a digital piece of art, it doesn’t take much to get a personal Makerspace started. The dollar store is a great starting point as well as collecting common items like batteries, tools, cardboard, wires, crayons, paper and beads. Sometimes the best materials turn out to be the ones you forgot you had. Scholastic recently featured an article on how to build a mini makerspace at home.

5. Library Makerspaces: Libraries have always been cool. What makes them even cooler is the way they have latched on to the Makerspace Movement. Academic and public libraries alike have shown maker enthusiasm and some of them can be found Libraries & Maker Culture: A Resource Guide. Chances are there are even more you may not know about.

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Innovate @ Your Library – BCPL
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6. Makerspaces at School: Makerspaces at school are wonderful because they are a little bit of everything wrapped into one space–part woodshop, part art station, part science lab. Since students are already at school, they will be able to collaborate with each other easily. Deciding some of the basics like where to build one, when to allow use and what to include are important decisions that are made easier with the help of how-to articles. Edutopia features an entire section devoted to Maker Education.

7. Makerspaces To-Go: Teacher Librarian and Technology Integration Specialist Shannon Miller recently shared a blog post on her Makerspace To-Go. Materials including books, crafts, markers, Legos and more were able to be stored in her oversized bag and she also set up a Makerspace Mobile by storing a collection of apps for makerspace play on her iPad.

What type of makerspace inspires you? Let us know in the comments below or Tweet us at #ProQuest