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  1. Matt Chisholm April 24, 2018 @ 1:26 pm Reply

    Nicholas,

    I am the Principal of an elementary school in Spokane Valley, Washington. We are going to turn one of our classrooms into a makerspace. However, we need furniture and need to equip it. Where is a good place to start and who can with work with in designing/equipping it?

    • Nicholas Provenzano April 26, 2018 @ 9:50 am Reply

      Matt,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post. You are asking the right questions for starting your makerspace. First, I will give a plug for my book, Your Starter Guide to Makerspaces, you can purchase on Demco. (https://bit.ly/2GoSxrF) It walks people through the process of starting a Makerspace from scratch and how it can be best utilized in your school.

      When it comes to choosing the right tools to put in your space, it is always good to start the conversation with teachers and students to see what types of things they would make in a makerspace. It is ok to have a primer list of tools to see what might spark an interest, but the last thing you want to do is buy a bunch of expensive equipment that is not used. Make sure to talk to the stakeholders of the space to see what interests them.

      littleBits, 3D Printers, MakeDo, and LEGOs are just a few of the tools that are great for an elementary space. Stock up on cardboard and other craft supplies as well. Your makerspace does not have to be high tech only. The space should be about giving students and teachers a creative way to demonstrate understanding of the topics covered in class.

      These are just a few tips, check out the Demco resources and Im also happy to connect and talk more about specifics and see how I can help consult you as you go through the process. Feel free to reach out to me at OneNerdyTeacher@gmail.com with any more questions.

  2. Liz Bowie Liz Bowie April 26, 2018 @ 8:24 am Reply

    Hi, Matt,
    You’ve come to the right place! The Ideas and Inspiration site is filled with great ideas on where to start, written by your peers and experts in the field. Start by reading through some of the great advice on makerspaces on the site. I will also have one of our interior services specialists follow up with you to assess your needs and guide you through choosing furniture and equipment to fit your needs, and I’ll have Nicholas provide his thoughts as well.

    Thanks so much for reading, and good luck with your new space!
    Liz

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