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 image to your left to check it out on Amazon (and maybe order a copy or two) and scroll down to find resources related to the book.
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Challenge-Based Learning Posts and Resources
From Renovated Learning
- How to Build a Maker Culture in Your Library
- How to Create Makerspace Organization that Actually Works
- Teaching the Design Process in Makerspaces
- Building Curriculum Connections into Makerspaces
- Makerspace Logistics: How to Find a Schedule that Works
- How to Run an Awesome After-school Makers Club
- The Value of Guided Projects in Makerspaces
- The 2016 Stewart MakerFair
- How to Run a Super Circuit Bracelet Workshop
- How to Run a Rubber Band Launcher Challenge
- The 2016 Cardboard Challenge
- The 2015 Cardboard Challenge
- The Stewart/Lamar Catapult Challenge
- K’nex Club and Digital Learning Day (my first phone tripod challenge)
- K’nex Club: Making Models of Real Places
These are books that we read and/or referenced in Challenge-Based Learning and they’re all amazing resources.
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.