Sunday, November 16, 2014

Every Classroom - A Makers Space

What can you do with plastic bag ropes? Why not make a bridge!

I taught a Makers Space workshop yesterday to introduce the Maker Space concept to interested teachers. I led with a powerpoint presentation on the importance of hands-on learning and creative thought. We viewed TED Talks by Sir Ken Robinson and Gever Tulley

I led the teachers on a tour through our own Makers Lab and gave them some practice in hands-on learning in just a few of the areas that we do in our Makers Lab. I had the following stations for the teachers to tinker in:
  • Copper tape circuits
  • Foam cutting
  • Soldering
  • Spaghetti bridges
  • LEGO EV3
  • Brushbots
  • Truss bridges
  • Reverse engineering
  • Snap circuits
  • Sphero
  • Plastic bag ropes
  • Hacking an old computer
I also sent the teachers home with a CD packed full of some of our most popular products on Teachers Pay Teachers to help them get their own Makers Space running.

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