The Maker Movement is all about options: what would you like to create? How best would you like to express that project? What materials and tools would help bring about your desired results? It makes sense then that our professional learning around makerspaces should be as equally diverse and customizable. Below, explore different mediums for growing your own maker capacity.
New to makerspaces and just want some quick reads?
- Makered.org has a whole library of reading to choose from.
- Want to inspire but not ready to commit to the makerspace title? Check out these tips for Student Inventors !
- Check out Intel’s Comprehensive Guide to Making in the Classroom .
...How about more in-depth reading?
- Margaret Honey’s Design Make Play explores the maker movement through a professional, STEM lens.
- Invent to Learn addresses tinkering in the classroom, believing that every child and every budget can make engineering work!
- Make Space approaches the spacial arrangement of areas to encourage collaboration.
- Stanford’s FabLearn’s Downloadable Book, Meaningful Making:Projects and Inspirations for FabLabs and Makerspaces , contains projects, ideas, and best practices from educators.
Prefer a course?
Want to watch or share a video?
- Watch this TEDtalk: Makerspace: Make Community .
- Here's Explee’s Explanation of What is a Makerspace?
- Check out Make.com’s Makerspace Movement !
- There’s even a reality TV show about Makerspaces!
Rather listen to a podcast?
Want to get your hands dirty? Ready to make?
- Check out makerspace directory to participate in a space near you.
- Find a Faire near you to see what nearby makers are up to!
- Makezine.com has all the inspiration you need when you’re ready to Make!
- Read how to start building your space , even when money is an issue.
- Get tips for writing makerspace grants .
Remember: You don’t have to know everything! Modeling the learning and discovery process is an important facet of a makerspace, so feel free to explore these resources alongside other makers.
Anything we missed? Do you have a favorite resource to share? Let us know in the comments below!