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Ready to try something different and brave in your library? Want your students to develop problem solving and critical thinking skills while having fun and being creative? Starting a STEM or inquiry initiative at your school, and wondering how your library or self-contained classroom fits into that vision? If that sounds like you, then this bundle is just what you need!
The zip file includes almost everything you need to create a makerspace (also called a maker space, hackerspace or DIY center) within your library, school, or classroom where students can create and problem-solve.
Besides the craft materials and electronic circuit kits, such as littleBits™, it’s all here:
(Please note: ALL materials are editable in Microsoft Word and/or Microsoft Publisher unless otherwise noted.)
LittleBits™ sells commercially available electronic circuit kits that this bundle is based on, but there are other similar kits suggested in the teachers’ notes (see preview file). I *strongly* recommend using a kit if you want to include electronic pieces as part of your makerspace. It’s also perfectly acceptable to omit electronics, though, if you would rather focus on the crafts part of “making.”
If you aren’t sure about whether or not a makerspace / DIY center is right for your library or classroom, I’d recommend downloading the preview and doing your own research on makerspaces.
To get an idea of what that means, watch this video or look up Maker Faire on YouTube. After watching a few of the videos, you’ll get an idea of what the movement is about, though this bundle is for a less ambitious “center” instead of a true makerspace.
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You might also like other makerspace products by Mrs. J in the Library: