Saturday, April 19, 2014

UPDATED: Want to Learn About Makerspaces? Here are 41 Resources

NOTE: Due to the overwhelming popularity of this post, I am adding to the list of resources. (Remember that I live in New Jersey, so you will see some NJ resources. Please share your own resources in the comments section at the bottom)

Have I peaked your interest? Do you know about #makerspaces? As you are already well-aware, technology has dramatically changed the way we live our lives, and no other teacher has seen more changes than the school media specialist or teacher-librarian. According to,  makerspaces are "community centers with tools. Makerspaces combine manufacturing equipment, community, and education for the purposes of enabling community members to design, prototype and create manufactured works that wouldn’t be possible to create with the resources available to individuals working alone." Places where students can find makerspaces include their school library, public library or local museum. provides a directory of makerspaces HERE and maker community groups HERE. Does your school have a makerspace you would like to showcase? If so, drop me an email: jgreller (AT) gmail (DOT) com.

6 Strategies for Funding a Makerspace- from Edutopia

7 Things You Should Know About Makerspaces- PDF

21st Century Learning Lab Locations- a dozen listed covering the United States

AASL Essential Links: Library Makerspaces- list of articles, books, websites

Designing a School Makerspace- from Edutopia

DIY- kids can post their creations on the site; app available HERE

Fab Labs at the Library

Instructables- "a place that lets you explore, document, and share your creations."

Libraries, Hackspaces and E-waste: how libraries can be the hub of a young maker revolution- article written by author Cory Doctorow

Library as Makerspace: Creating and Nurturing Communities of Teen Writers- from librarian Buffy Hamilton

The Library as a Makerspace- by J. Fenton of the Washington State Library

Library MakerSpaces- Pinterest board

Make- a digital magazine focusing on DIY projects with step-by-step instructions

Make to Learn- "
an effort that leverages DIY culture, digital practices, and educational research to advocate for placing making, creating, and designing at the core of educational practice."

Makercamp on Google- camp begins July 7; students can find a campsite near them HERE

Maker Education Initiative- "
mission is to create more opportunities for all young people to develop confidence, creativity, and spark an interest in science, technology, engineering, math, the arts, and learning as a whole through making."

Maker Faire- "The Greatest Show and Tell on Earth"; find Maker Faire materials LiveBinder HERE

The Maker Map- "
An online and mobile map of makerspaces in museums, retail outlets, etc. "

The Maker Movement Goes Global- article about "tinkering"

Makerspace- "creating a space for young makers and educators"; request a free makerspace playbook

Makerspace at the Newark Museum

Makerspace Educational Library Ideas- LiveBinder

Makerspaces as Classrooms: Schools and Hardware Shops Partner

The Makery- "
a pop-up Makerspace - part shop, part workshop, part exploratorium."

NJ Librarians Get $116,00 in Makerspace Grants

New Jersey Makerspace Association

Planning a Makerspace with Teens- PDF presentation

School Library Makerspaces- presentation by Leslie B. Preddy, at AASL conference in November 2013

Some Thoughts on Knowledge Production, Makerspaces and Libraries- from the Official ALA Washington Office Blog

The Space Federation- you space can join for free; "
Being a member means joining our online community, participating in events and activities, and contributing to the growth of these spaces overall by sharing your experiences and ideas."

Spark Fun- online tutorials, lessons on reading schematics and much more

Starting a #MakerEd Class for Middle School- for grades 6-7 science classes

Strengthening Communities with Makerspaces- Jeff Sturges' chat covers many questions you might have about makerspaces

Sylvia's Super Awesome Maker Show- young Sylvia offers video tutorials on 
"everything cool and worth making"

Thingiverse- "digital designs for physical objects"

Want to Start a Makerspace at School? Tips to Get Started

Worlds of Making- New Milford NJ media specialist Laura Fleming describes her school's maker space

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