AASL Post: What You Really Need to Create a Makerspace

AASL Post: What You Really Need to Create a Makerspace | To create a culture of positivity in the maker movement, we need to focus less on the stuff and more on the spirit of MakerEd.

With a changing and growing movement, many are declaring that there are right and wrong ways of doing things. We are getting so hung up on the specifics and our own ideas of what a makerspace SHOULD be, that we’re losing the sight of the big picture. We worry far too much about the stuff.

The Maker Movement in schools is exploding.  It’s exciting to see so many schools starting makerspaces and offering students opportunities to express their creativity.  But with this explosion also comes the desire to focus too much on the STUFF and not on the EXPERIENCE.

What You Really Need to Create a Makerspace

In my post on AASL Knowledge Quest, I share my ideas on the stuff you do and do not need to create a makerspace.  Spoiler alert: It’s not about what stuff you should buy.

Someone once told me my makerspace at Stewart wasn’t a REAL makerspace because there were no power tools.  They were missing the point.

The stuff is there to create the experiences, but stuff alone does not make an effective makerspace.  There are so many more elements, in particular, a maker culture, that are far more critical for an effective makerspace.

Click on over to read more about what you REALLY need to create a makerspace.

PS: Want to learn even more about creating a maker culture in your school?  Check out my book, Challenge Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace, that’s AVAILABLE NOW 🙂

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Diana Rendina, MLIS, is the media specialist at Tampa Preparatory School, an independent 6-12 in Tampa, FL. Previously, she was the media specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School for seven years, where she founded their library makerspace. 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 and is also the author Reimagining Library Spaces: Transform Your Space on Any Budget.

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