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INFOhio MaKit: Planning

Makerspaces are booming in Ohio libraries. View the information in this guide to learn how to develop your own makerspace.

Before You Begin

Read the following articles to learn more about makerspaces, why you might want one in your school, and how to talk about makerspaces to your administrator and colleagues:

So You Want to Start a Makerspace? Start Here!

Makerspace Format Plans

What is a Student Advisory Board?

A Student Advisory Board (SAB) also known as a Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is a group of students who volunteer their time to help the librarian make decisions for the library including:

  • Book selection/purchasing

  • Brainstorming programming ideas

  • Assisting in running the programs

  • Input on the organization/arrangement of the library

  • Decor and furniture in the library

  • And much more!

 

How does it fit with makerspaces?

A Student Advisory Board can help you brainstorm activities for each maker session. SAB members can also help lead sessions or model steps in a process.

 

Planning for Student Advisory Board:

  • Develop expectations for the Student Advisory Board (SAB)

    • Is there an application process or are all volunteers accepted?

    • How many students maximum?

    • When will they meet? Do you want this to be up to the students?

      • Before, during or after school

      • What day? What time?

      • Will the meeting be a set date or rotating?

    • What would you like the SAB members to help you with?

  • Advertise student advisory board

    • Morning announcements

    • Flyers

    • Post to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

    • Ask teachers to promote in their classes

  • Set date/time of SAB meetings

    • Check with school calendar to avoid big events if possible

  • Advertise date/time of SAB meetings

    • Post to Facebook, Twitter, etc.

    • Post to school/library calendar

    • Morning announcements

    • Flyers

    • Ask teachers to promote in their classes

Planning for Makerspace:

  • Use “What is a Makerspace Video?” at SAB meeting

    • Discuss what a makerspace is

    • Show examples of maker activities/lessons

    • Show example activity books for students to look through

  • Logistics

    • Where is the space? (can be decided by librarian or SAB)

      • Rolling/stationary cart in the library?

      • A separate room (like an office or storage room)?

    • What does it look like?

      • What’s on the walls/cart?

      • Furniture?

      • Organizational items?

    • What storage do we need? (can be decided by librarian or SAB)

    • When do we hold the maker sessions?   

      • Open format vs. Program format?

      • Before, during, or after school?

      • Time frame? (30mins, 1hr, etc.)

      • Are the sessions a set date (i.e. every second Wednesday) or a rotating date?

      • Check school calendar for any possible large conflicts

  • Brainstorm lists of activities and items needed for each activity

  • Ask for item donations

    • From students

    • From parents

    • From teachers

    • From other librarians

    • Community members/school partners

      • Advertise using a colorful poster that tells community of need for donations (especially electronics) with a link/QR code to the donation list flyer

  • Schedule first makerspace activity

  • Advertise first maker day

    • Post to Facebook, Twitter, etc.

    • Flyers

    • Morning announcements

    • Word of mouth

    • SAB members promote and bring a friend

    • Ask teachers to promote to their students

      • Display flyers in classrooms

      • Have teachers show examples of anything they’ve created

    • Add maker events to school/library calendar

    • Use “What is a Makerspace Video?”

      • Post video to Facebook, Twitter, etc.

      • Show during morning announcements

      • Show during open house, orientation, etc

  • Prepare take & dos for absent students

  • Host maker day(s)!

  • Begin to research grants for equipment

 

Implementation:

  • Establish ground rules for the makerspace

  • Introduce makerspaces with examples

  • Show how to complete craft/item or show finished product

    • SAB members can also be the expert/instructor

  • Pass out instructions

  • Ready, set, make!

  • Assist students as needed or have SAB members assist

    • Take pictures/video during event

Evaluation:

  • Tweet using unique hashtag for library makerspace (pictures, thoughts, videos)

    • such as: #wildcatsmake #makeitatHHSlibrary

  • Exit card/survey for students at the end of each maker session, collect results

    • Paper form/index card

    • Parking lot

    • Google survey

    • Suggestion box

What is an Open Format makerspace?

You create the space and provide the supplies. Decide when the makerspace will be open and when students may attend. Will there be pre-prepared instructions or open-ended activities that allow the students the choice of making, creating, or tinkering? 

Planning for Makerspace:

  • Logistics

    • Where is the space?

      • Rolling/stationary cart in the library?

      • A separate room (like an office or storage room)?

    • What does it look like?

      • What’s on the walls/cart?

      • Furniture?

      • Organizational items?

    • What storage do we need?

    • When do we hold the maker sessions?   

      • Open format vs. program format?

      • Before, during, or after school?

      • Time frame? (30 mins, 1 hr, etc.)

      • Are the sessions a set date (i.e. every second Wednesday) or a rotating date?

      • Check school calendar for any possible large conflicts

  • Brainstorm list of activities

    • Make a list of items needed for each activity

  • Ask for item donations

    • From students

    • From parents

    • From teachers

    • From other librarians

    • Community members/school partners

      • Advertise using a colorful poster that tells community of need for donations (especially electronics) with a link/QR code to the donation list flyer

  • Advertise when the library makerspace is open for business

    • Post to Facebook, Twitter, etc.

    • Flyers

    • Morning announcements

    • Word of mouth

    • Ask teachers to promote to their students

      • Display flyers in classrooms

      • Have teachers show examples of anything they’ve created

    • Use “What is a Makerspace Video?”

      • Post video to Facebook, Twitter, etc.

      • Show during morning announcements

      • Show during open house, orientation, etc

  • Prepare take & dos

  • Open for business!

  • Begin to research grants for equipment

Implementation:

  • Establish ground rules for the makerspace

  • Be sure to have your instructions/take & dos ready

  • Have finished product on display

  • Ready, set, make!

  • Have students assist other students

Evaluation:

  • Tweet using unique hashtag for library makerspace (pictures, thoughts, videos)

    • such as: #wildcatsmake #makeitatHHSlibrary

  • Exit card/survey for students at the end of each maker session, collect results

    • Paper form/index card

    • Parking lot

    • Google survey

    • Suggestion box

 

What is a Program Format makerspace?


You create the space and provide the materials/supplies. Set periods (before, during, or after school) when students learn a new skill with an instructor and then create an item. This is very much like programming in a public library.

Planning for Makerspace:

  • Logistics

    • Where is the space?

      • Rolling/stationary cart in the library?

      • A separate room (like an office or storage room)?

    • What does it look like?

      • What’s on the walls/cart?

      • Furniture?

      • Organizational items?

    • What storage do we need?

    • When do we hold the maker sessions?   

      • Open format vs. Program format?

      • Before, during, or after school?

      • Time frame? (30 mins, 1 hr, etc.)

      • Are the sessions a set date (i.e. every second Wednesday) or a rotating date?

      • Check school calendar for any possible large conflicts

  • Brainstorm list of activities

    • Make a calendar plan

      • What activities for what month?

        • Holiday or month specific?

    • Make a list of items needed for each activity

  • Ask for item donations

    • From students

    • From parents

    • From teachers

    • From other librarians

    • Community members/school partners

      • Advertise using a colorful poster that tells community of need for donations (especially electronics) with a link/QR code to the donation list flyer

  • Schedule first makerspace activity

  • Advertise first maker day

    • Post to Facebook, Twitter, etc.

    • Flyers

    • Morning announcements

    • Word of mouth

    • Ask teachers to promote to their students

      • Display flyers in classrooms

      • Have teachers show examples of anything they’ve created

    • Add maker events to school/library calendar

    • Use “What is a Makerspace Video?”

      • Post video to Facebook, Twitter, etc.

      • Show during morning announcements

      • Show during open house, orientation, etc

  • Prepare take & dos for absent students

  • Host maker day(s)!

  • Begin to research grants for equipment

 

Implementation:

  • Establish ground rules for the makerspace

  • Introduce makerspaces with examples

  • Show how to complete craft/item or show finished product

  • Pass out instructions

  • Ready, set, make!

  • Assist students as needed

    • Take pictures/video during event

 

Evaluation:

  • Tweet using unique hashtag for library makerspace (pictures, thoughts, videos)

    • such as: #wildcatsmake #makeitatHHSlibrary

  • Exit card/survey for students at the end of each maker session, collect results

    • Paper form/index card

    • Parking lot

    • Google survey

    • Suggestion box

What's a Take & Do?

A Take & Do is when the instructions for the maker activity are printed off in advance of the lesson and made available for students who are absent or cannot attend the activity. Having Take & Dos for students is also another way to have a makerspace in which the students get the instructions and materials and make the item on their own. 

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Makerspaces on Social Media

Name

Handle/URL

Type of Social Media

Lamar Library (Colleen Graves)

@lamar_library

Twitter

 

@makershare

Twitter

 

@makerEdOrg

Twitter

 

@shannonmiller

Twitter

 

@robinwb

Twitter

 

@LMannTxLib

Twitter

 

@JenniferMiller9

Twitter

 

@bekathwia

Twitter

 

@makerflux

Twitter

 

@GuerrillaMakers

Twitter

 

@make

Twitter

 

@adafruit

Twitter

 

@Makedo

Twitter

Colleen Graves

http://colleengraves.podbean.com/

Blog


Use Hashtags:  #makered, #makerspaces, #maykermonday

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Educators

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