Designing a Maker Space & Implementing STEAM and STEM through Hands-On Learning

Brain Brigade
Grade Levels
PreK - 12th, Homeschool
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25 pages
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Brain Brigade's Designing a Maker Space is the ULTIMATE guide to establishing your own Maker Space written by Jerry Hoefs who has already done it - TWICE!

Create a classroom environment that enhances STEAM and STEM activities through hands-on learning. People also call Maker Spaces: Maker Labs, FAB Labs, Tinker Labs, Hack Centers. This concept is spreading like wildfire across the globe!

This guide will help you get a Maker Space started in your school. Whether you have a small corner in your classroom or an entire extra room THIS is the guide for you.

Included in this 24-page manual are:
-A rationale for a Makers Space
-Designing a Maker Space to fit the space you have
-A basic equipment list with over 75 items to give you ideas on stocking your Maker Space
-A large equipment list with over 40 items to stock a full sized Maker Space
-The two biggest problems of Maker Spaces and how to manage them
-Supplying and funding your Maker Space
-What's next? You have your Maker Space built - now how do you use it? This topic explores ideas with curriculum suggestions from kindergarten through eighth grade
-30 color photos to help inspire you
-Discussion on student mistakes in the Maker Space {are they really mistakes?!}
-Four pages of resources including websites, youtube videos, TED talks, books and more, more, more. This list was formed over two years of running my Maker Space
-A form letter to request donations from companies
-Last - but not least - My email address is included. You are welcome to contact me, bounce ideas off of me, ask questions, pick my brain at anytime!

**I believe so much in the value of a Maker Space. I witnessed my students flourish. Their creativity and problem solving soared while actually enjoying school! By creating a Maker Space in your school, you will experience the same thrill of learning that I saw in my students.**

When you download this guide, we throw in a free gift of a printable classroom poster on active learning strategies to hang in your new Maker Space!

Now send us some pics of your new Maker Space!

Check out our additional products to get you started in your Maker Space:

Craft Stick Truss Bridge Tutorial – STEAM Promoting Activity for your Maker Space
This is one of our most popular products! Learn how to make a Craft Stick Truss Bridge with your students.

Classroom Roller Coaster Challenge – Maker Space STEM Activity
Who doesn't love a roller coaster? Challenge your students to create their own classroom roller coaster using this activity.

Guide to Rockets and Space Flight – Fun and Hands-On STEAM Activity for your Maker Space
Students go crazy for this STEAM activity. Make FIVE different types of rockets. A must for any Maker Space!
Total Pages
25 pages
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Teaching Duration
Lifelong tool
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