Naming Names for Makerspaces

There are many, many kits advertised for a makerspace area.  Although we don’t have our “space” yet, we are moving forward to equip the library with some of these kits to heighten awareness of hands-on STEM teaching.  Our initial purchase of LEGO Mindstorms kits have been used twice in classroom wide teaching and in workshops throughout this year.

It’s a great start but there are loads of other kits out there.  The Littlebits kits seem to target the younger classes, perhaps grades two to six, teaching foundation concepts of circuits.  I think these sets, especially with the Arduino Coding Package, would be a great place to start for an elementary school.

For the more advanced students in middle and high school, I think that an arduino computer with some additions would be a great start.  Starter kits are also a great way to go since project instructions and accessories are included. Arduino and Raspberry Pi seem to be competing for the school maker market.

The sky is the limit in terms of technology and programming but a makerspace can include less pricey options.  In my next blog post, I’ll look at some non-technical materials that can be included.raspberrypi

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