Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace

Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace

Learn how to use design challenges to spur creativity in your students

I co-wrote Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace with Colleen Graves and Aaron Graves because I wanted to help create a definitive resource on creating and utilizing design challenges in makerspaces.  This thorough resource covers everything from getting started, building a maker culture and setting up the physical space of your makerspace to organizing global collaborations, partnering with maker experts and documenting learning with maker journals.  We go into detail about how to create design challenge prompts that will spur on creativity in your students.  The book includes grade-level specific sections for elementary and secondary that offer curriculum connected challenges and activities.  We interview and feature a ton of amazing maker educators from all grade levels and types of schools.

Click the button below to check it out on Amazon (and maybe order a copy or two) and scroll down to find resources related to the book.

Recommended Books

These are books that we read and/or referenced in Challenge-Based Learning and they’re all amazing resources.

Makerspace Playbook
Design, Make, Play
participatory museum
zero to maker
Get Active

The Third Teacher
Make Space
Library Spaces for 21st Century Learners
The Language of School Design
From the Campfire to the Holodeck
The Art of Tinkering

Invent to Learn
Design Thinking
Steal like an Artist
Makeology Volume 2
How to be an explorer of the world

Maker Picture Books

In the elementary curriculum connections section of Challenge-Based Learning, you can find design challenge ideas for each of these awesome picture books.

iggy peck
the day the crayons quit
the most magnificent thing
mix it up
extra yarn
going places

violet the pilot
what do you do with an idea