Starting a Makerspace
Starting a makerspace for the first time is not an endeavour to be rushed. Be sure to have teacher buy-in, a well thought out plan in place for physical space, materials, guidelines, and resources to address curricular integration.
Starting up at Buckhorn Creek ES
Makerspace: Just Trust The Kids: blog post
These are some of my favorite resources that I share with teachers looking for cost effective, hands-on activities.
Programable Robot Resources
Many companies that sell robots or programable tools also provide useful and free resources on their websites. Enjoy some that I curated!
Cubelet Scope and Sequence Lesson Ideas
Many unique groups have requested professional learning from our district maker team. We have provided maker training and experiences for administrators, beginning teachers, entire schools, the district as a whole and at state conferences. Each experience is uniquely created for the audience and is ALWAYS focuses on curriculum integration and future workforce skills. Below is a presentation we created for the Maker Ed Conference in Pittsburg, PA in October so 2019 detailing the evolution of our current program.
Mindset for Maker Access for All Students: A Wake County Public School System Model
- Details about how the WCPSS maker program works. Topics covered: school district demographics, start up details, staff buy-in, curriculum connections, materials, space, planning, budget. Presented at the MakerEd conference in Pittsburg, PA October 12, 2019