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This summer I was asked to present a webinar to Ohio School Librarians for InfOhio. The recording is available here.

I also created a resource list (adapted from a collaborative presentation with LISD librarian, Leah Mann) and year long programming ideas that I will continue to update via this gdoc:http://goo.gl/UUEItu.

RESOURCE LIST for School Makerspace

Webinar Recording:http://goo.gl/QTi36k

Sites I visit frequently:

Free Workshops:

  • Maker Journals: http://www.makered.org/tag/makerspace/ (How great would it be to have a maker journal all year? Or use Maker ed as authentic research? Kids could have to make something in small challenge groups and record all findings and modifications in a maker journal!)

  • Costumes (Even from paper!)

  • Card and board games

  • Inspire kids to invent and create with Rube Goldburg: http://www.rubegoldberg.com

  • Make Retro games: http://www.sploder.com/

Write a Grant for these:

Have people donate:

  • Brushbot supplies: Scrub brushes and Electric Toothbrushes from the Dollar Tree

  • Old car toys (Rocket propelled w balloons), balloons, old car toys with gears or switches, electronic motors for scribble bots (can buy from Radio Shack or get them out of a dollar store toothbrush), wire cutters, wire from phone lines (like old internet cords, etc), alligator clips, old tennis balls, old computers, old electronics, empty/cleaned coffee bags, oatmeal containers, 2 liter bottles, Modge Podge

OTHER RESOURCES:

TWITTER:

Maker Workshops Ideas for the School Year (Organize activities around your Curriculum Standards)

Month

Low Tech

High Tech

Cur Connections

August

Origami

LED Origami

Scribblebots

Brushbots

Math, Angles, Art

September

Duct tape projects

Little Bits

-space kit

-synth kit

Snap Circuits

Science, Music

Science

October

Makedo- make something with cardboard

Frankentoys- make it light up or move, etc with Hummingbird

Great resource here or buy Sugru to make interchangeable toys

Rolly bot- Like Sphero but made with a brushbot

Art

Science

November

Nanowrimo http://nanowrimo.org/

Interactive book w Makey Makey

English- Story writing

Science- Electricity, conductive materials, circuits

December

Upcycle old picture books into coasters w Modge Podge

(Find words and make your own magnetic poetry style coasters, or make story coasters.)

LED Throwies

Game Controller Workshop w Makey Makey (from MakerJawn)

English

Jan

Cardboard Mazes w Makedo

Scratch coding  -Use resources from Pursuitery.

  1. Chasing Game Challenge

  2. Maze Game Challenge

-Then make a real Magnetic Maze Combines Makey Makey and Scratch

Take it a step further and build a maze for your brushbot! Let Scratch score your brushbots and hold a competition!

-Logic Puzzle w Makey Makey

Math- X/Y Axis, Equations, Computational Thinking

English- Interactive Story idea changed into a logic puzzle

Feb

Unmake stuff Get kids to bring old stuff

Paper Circuits- Interactive Greeting Cards

Science- Electricity, conductive materials, circuits

March

Make your own Ukelele

Arduino Music Projects

Music

Art

April

Rube Goldberg Challenge - Motion projects

Wind Turbine Challenge: http://challenge.kidwind.org/

-Animated Poems with Mozilla Webmaker

-Hummingbird robot poems

Paper Circuits -

Makey Makey Maze w Brush Bot

Poetry

English

Science

Engineering

May

Upcycle a Day for the Month of May! - Coffee bag idea

Raspberry Pi Photo booth

Inventions for math “market”

Math- Market

Science- Recycling, properties of materials

Start simple then build!

ELA: Storytelling, poetry connections

Makey Makey- give kids a bunch of stuff.  What is conductive and what isn’t? and WHY?

Science- Electricity, Circuits, Wind power

Math- Invent something, then sell it at our Community Market- why is your item selling or not?

Scratch Lessons all from Pursuitery https://pursuitery.com/technology/challenge/42/coding-with-scratch-challenge-maze-game/349

Chasing Game:

Intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3goItEqutEo

Tips and Hints: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAYlmCj2W-4

Maze Game

Intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbx1LiWCcxITips and hints: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gezAgBwcV3k

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