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 or school where students can create useful items with a purpose. 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.
Besides the craft materials and electronic circuit kits, such as littleBits(TM), it’s all here:
(Please note: ALL materials are editable in Microsoft Word and/or Microsoft Publisher unless otherwise noted.)
• Center signs with “I can statements” for littleBits (TM) Building Center and Maker Journal Writing & Making Center
• Signage for space identification and maker journal prompts
• Maker journals with self-check rubric (Full page version is editable in Microsoft Word AND Google Drive or Classroom; half-page foldable booklet version editable in Microsoft Publisher or easy-to-print PDF file formats.)
• Maker notebook how-to entry with writing rubric (editable in Microsoft Word AND Google Drive or Classroom)
• Lesson plans for both littleBits (TM) Building Center and Maker Journal Writing & Making Center
• Recommended materials list to get your makerspace started
• Blank task cards for project directions
• Clipboard sheets to track student progress
• Link to FREE littleBits(TM) 101 task cards available in my TpT Store
• Printable stickers to identify containers/bags of in-progress student projects (PDF file only)
LittleBits(TM) sells a commercially available electronic circuit kit 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.
You can also save over 10% by purchasing my Makerspace BUNDLE
or my Makerspace Centers and Projects BUNDLE
, both of which include this product.
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You might also like other makerspace products by Mrs. J in the Library:
Makerspace littleBits (TM) Task Cards FREEBIE
Makerspace Starter: Goldie Blox (TM) Centers
Makerspace Project Prompt Task Cards and Materials List