Three levels of Maker Space Task Cards are included, making this a perfect choice for multi-level, special ed inclusion, regular classrooms, or home schooling. As students work through these tasks, they will become familiar with the contents of your STEAM/STEM boxes and will grow in proficiency as makers! Definitely a great choice before starting the project based work of the Maker Tasks, also found in the Maker Space Start-Up Kit
Maker Spaces, getting their start as community centers with tools, and moving to college campuses and high schools everywhere, are headed for our elementary and middle school classrooms. A maker space is a designated area in which people can experiment, investigate, problem-solve, and design new inventions both collaboratively and independently. They are sometimes also called “hacker spaces” and “fab labs” (“fab” for “fabrication”, although they are also fabulous!)
What a fabulous opportunity your classroom Maker Space can provide for young scientists and engineers to dream, plan, invent, test, and ready their creations for sharing with others. This resource provides some basic ideas for getting started on a Maker Space project. There are three levels of task cards here: The blue level is for your independent learners, the true geniuses of “genius hour”. In this level, students receive a task that names only the sector of society that might benefit from the project.
All else is open-ended. The green level defines a problem for the student or group to solve. The purple level provides a scaffold for those who need more direction and suggestions.
Backs of cards are included here as well as grayscale versions of all the cards. Three pages of blank cards are also included in case you want to add some tasks of your own!
I hope you will enjoy using these task cards to focus on Science and Engineering Practices in your learning community!
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