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Curriculum Makerspace Research and Readings

The Maker Workshop Online course


This is a 4 week course I am currently attending. It requires me to lock myself away for 1.5 hours of my school day each Thursday morning (and 2 holiday mornings), to listen to an amazing array of speakers, and join the ongoing chat that emanates from the keynotes. With 250 attendees from across the globe, it is intense learning! Twitter flies, chat rolls by with many fragments of conversations, and the hyperlinks buzz down the list.

My homework assessed task is to plan and put together a proposal to create a Maker Space for our Senior library in 2016. The Lunchbox Club is growing up!


Ready, set, go!

In order to revisit the links that flow from the chat, I am putting them here, and hope they might make sense to others as well.

Week 1: Getting started with Making – Big picture

Keynotes Tim Carrigan (Institute of Museum and Library Services) and Peter Wardrip (Children’s Museum, Pittsburg) Making and Learning in Museums and libraries

Thought Partners:

Exploratorium – the art of Tinkering, and especially Scott Weavers page! Let’s get going on those toothpicks and glue.

Maker Ed

NCSU Libraries

Instructables many guides on toy hacking


Making in the Library toolkit pdf – Resource lists of materials for Young Adult/Teen Maker Spaces

New book: The Participatory Museum by Nina Simon

Makerbook – A “hand picked directory of the best free resources for creatives”

Keynote: Mark Takano, Congressman “How the maker movement can drive the economy“, and Tim’s IMLS links

“This is the IMLS language – Museum and libraries have long been recognized as community leaders in providing engaging participatory learning experiences.  Many museums and libraries have developed makerspaces, places where people can gather to create, invent, and learn, empowering them to become creators, not just consumers. They provide access to a diverse range of tools and technologies, along with knowledgeable staff and mentors. Museums and libraries are leveraging their content expertise and role as trusted community organizations to support the development of 21st century skills, such as creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration, which are essential for the development of a competitive workforce and engaged citizenry..- See more at:

A key quote from Newsweek article: THE MAKER MOVEMENT is a global community of inventors, designers, engineers, artists, programmers, hackers, tinkerers, craftsmen and DIY’ers—the kind of people who share a quality that Rosenstock says “leads to learning [and]…to innovation,” a perennial curiosity “about how they could do it better the next time.” The design cycle is all about reiteration, trying something again and again until it works, and then, once it works, making it better. As manufacturing tools continue to become better, cheaper and more accessible, the Maker Movement is gaining momentum at an unprecedented rate. Over the past few years, so-called “makerspaces” have cropped up in cities and small towns worldwide—often in affiliation with libraries, museums and other community centers, as well as in public and independent schools—giving more people of all ages access to mentorship, programs and tools like 3-D printers and scanners, laser cutters, microcontrollers and design software

The MakerLab is open to all audiences, not just teens.  The YouMedia Space is the teen lab.  I would recommend the Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums report to see more what they are doing specifically for teens.” Thank you Peter Carrigan!

Week 2: Projects to get you started


Endless ideas in a context from Mark Frauenfelder, and Alexandra Welsman McDowell: Spoons Across America

Links from the chat:

Lots of talk about personal favourites, and 3D printers. I like this website of 3D printing ideas for kids

Arduino website, and a good explanation guide to understanding the code here.

RaspberryPi website for kids

Spoons Across America are creating amazing programs for kids to cook in the classroom:

Edible Schoolyard

Farm to School Network

Centre for Ecoliteracy







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