The How? and Where? to Start a MakerSpace!
How to Start a Makerspace When You're Broke - So you're broke and want to start a MakerSpace? See the link.
The Maker Mindset: 6 Must-Haves for Developing a Maker Mindset & The Constructivist Classroom
Colleen Graves - Maker, Teacher & Librarian has an INCREDIBLE website on the HOW? and WHERE? to start a Makerspace! Tons of resources & an easy to read site:
Start Here - Don't know where to even begin? **START HERE!**
1. Makerspace Education Lessons & Projects
2. Makerspace Tools
3. Makerspace Resources & Programming Ideas
4. Elementary Library Makerspace Resources
Maker / Tinkering / STEAM / STEM Resources:
Edutopia - 3 MakerSpace Resource Sites @
Maker Education / STEM Education / STEAM Education
SD 36 Maker Resource Link - Thanks Karen @klirenman
K-3 SAIL STEAM Resources / Early Primary Makerspace
Makerspaces.com - 27 Makerspace Materials & Supplies - We're at 16 of 27 in the Strawberry Hill Elementary Learning Commons
How to Stock Your Makerspace for 100 Bucks or Less; Plus, an Essential Equipment List from the MakerBus Driver - So you want to start a Makerspace on the cheap?
5 Maker Movement Tools that are NOT 3D Printers - Maker Tools that ARE NOT 3D Printers
Invent to Learn MakerSpace Workshop Notes for ETCATA
- Shared by Janet Bell
Tinkering & Exploratorium - Experiments with science, art, technology, and delightful ideas. Great resources!
Sylvia's Super-Awesome Maker Show - Sylvia's DIY web show on everything cool and worth making.
Wintergreen - Ready to buy your MakerSpace tools! Check out Wintergreen.ca
Spectrum Nasco - Spectrum Nasco’s ten discipline-specific educational catalogues have been instrumental in bringing the classroom to life with products designed with a common purpose – education.
Instructables - "Instructables" supports teachers by providing free pro memberships and awesome project ideas for your classroom. We provide plug and play hands-on projects to let you supplement your curriculum with the best projects that other teachers have to offer.
If your "Makerspaces" Need Computers:
Macbooks and Windows computers out of your budget? Take a look at these alternatives. I.M.S. will not support you, but take ownership of these with your students. Build. Maintain. Create. Reboot. Reinstall. It's all up to you and your students.
Chromebooks - (look into these…your district may never support them…but they’re amazing, affordable, and simple. Keyboard, screen & the Google Chrome browser and you're on the 'web!)
Edubuntu - https://www.edubuntu.org/ (Free Linux based operating system for your kids to install and learn and your donated computers)
Tech For Kids - Get computers donated for kids to tear apart and rebuild: http://www.techforkids.ca/
Electronic Recycling Association - Also get computers donated from here: https://www.era.ca/
Your MakerSpace with this book!
Want to CUSTOMIZE your "MakerSpace?"
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LOCALLY! In the "604"
http://www.makerlabs.com/ - "MakerLabs is a 26,000sf makerspace in Vancouver that provides you with the tools, space, and skills to make almost anything."
http://zenmakerlab.com/ - Zen Maker Lab is the North Shore’s first community maker lab
https://hackspace.ca/wp/ - Vancouver Hack Space. "The community garage, for a community without garages."