Demco Post: 5 Makerspace Projects for Teen Tech Week

5 Makerspace Projects for Teen Tech Week | In my post for Demco Ideas, I go over five different makerspace project ideas for ALA's Teen Tech Week, with the 2017 theme of Be the Source of Change

ALA’s Teen Tech Week will be upon us before we know it (March 5-11).  To help get ready for this event, I’ve written a post for Demco Ideas with 5 makerspace project ideas to tie in with this year’s theme, “Be the Source of Change”.  It was hard to limit it to just five ideas, so each one has examples of several different variations on the project.

Fun side fact: Teen Tech Week 2014 was shortly after we started the makerspace at Stewart.  We celebrated DIY @ Your Library with Perler bead art, Snap Circuits and a K’nex rocket design contest.  It was our first time breaking out the Perler beads.  It was also our first time getting press recognition, thanks to an article on The Digital Shift.

Click on over to Demco Ideas to learn more about Teen Tech Week projects such as:

  • Maker Service Learning
  • Maker Supply Drives
  • Change Agent Design Challenge
  • School Improvement Design Challenge
  • littleBits Energy Saving Design Challenge

No matter whether you just have one bin of LEGOs or a fully tricked out makerspace, you’ll find some ideas for bringing Teen Tech Week into your makerspace this year.  I go into more detail about each of these projects in the post.

Bonus: Demco created a really awesome Design Process graphic that you can find in the post. I use this adaptation of the design process in many of my makerspace projects.  I’ve found that this framework works really well for my students.


Diana Rendina, MLIS, is a middle school media specialist/teacher librarian in Tampa, FL. She is the creator of the blog RenovatedLearning.com & is also a monthly contributor to AASL Knowledge Quest. Diana is the winner of the 2016 ISTE Outstanding Young Educator Award, the 2015 ISTE Librarians Network Secondary Award, the 2015 AASL Frances Henne Award & the 2015 SLJ Build Something Bold Award. She is an international speaker on the Maker Movement and has presented at conferences including AASL, FETC & ISTE. Diana co-authored Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace with Colleen and Aaron Graves (to be published August 2017). She is also the author of the forthcoming ISTE book, Reimagining Library Spaces.

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