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How can I use this in my classroom?
It helps to develop a vocabulary that emphasizes the larger learning principles at work: iterative design, prototyping, STEM learning, design thinking, creativity, problem solving, etc. Now consider how these principles fit your courses.
University of Texas Arlington Maker Literacies
UTA Libraries and other university partners, are exploring best practices that incorporate cross-disciplinary, transferable (“transdisciplinary”), maker-based competencies into the undergraduate curriculum.
MakerBot Educators Guidebook
3D printing guidebook including lesson plans and projects.
Makerspace Masters: How Faculty Are Spurring Innovation on Campus
"Faculty also use makerspaces to meet a wide range of educational goals, from pragmatic (a space for students to complete class projects), to pedagogical (an active learning environment to foster deep learning), to institutional (increased sense of connectedness to the major), to meeting post-graduation goals (working on interdisciplinary teams)."
Have your class write a business plan for a potential business, pitch their idea, etc. Have the students use the maker lab to develop a prototype of their product. This ties in nicely with the larger library (reference, circulation, etc.): They come to the research desk to gather demographics about their potential customers, they visit the writing center to learn how to write a convincing proposal, they can make a video or practice their business pitch in our small group rooms, then they create an example of their product in the maker lab. Often, they must revise their plan, which sends them back for more information, better design improvements, etc.
The science and technology community have thrived in makerspaces. Many people assume that STEM users are the only people with uses for the technology in those labs! Most common academic library use: Prototyping on the 3D printer!
- Design educational games for use in the classroom
- Use the laser cutter to etch a game board or to make pieces
- Create and propose after school programs that could be held in the lab and hosted by students
- MakerBot Certification course ($99)
Various classes study nature writing or works where setting is important. They study authors who regularly journal, then the students create their own journals in the maker lab, binding paper into a book, sewing a leather cover, and maybe engraving the cover with something personal to them.
- Create a custom design for a piece of fabric
- Design a stamp to print on the 3D printer and then use to stamp various materials
This online directory lists national and international maker events, from the Adelaide Mini Maker Faire to the World Maker Faire in New York City.
This directory lists national and international events and offers resources specific to hackerspaces, enabling the tech-maker community to make connections both in-person and online.
Maker Faire Finder
Perhaps the most comprehensive of maker directories, Maker Faire offers an interactive map listing upcoming national and international maker faires, mini maker faires, and school faires; aspiring makers can also search past events by region on the site.
This membership site requires registration to connect with other makers; once signed in, members are encouraged to exchange makerspace projects and ideas. The link above to the site's BETA login page is expected to be redirected to a new platform in 2017.
Cross Pollinate! Partner with students with other majors to develop an idea: “We’ve been able to pull business students into our program,” Raderstorf says. “Even if you don’t have an idea, a nurse and pre-med student might have one, but they need someone with a business background to round out their team. So we’re really able to help mentor them and build their network.” (VentureWell, 2017)