Want to start a makerspace or improve the one you already have?

Our tech team has put together this list of books that can help.

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Makerspace Philosophies & Structures

Daily STEM: How to Create a STEM Culture in your Classrooms & Communities (2020), Woods

Diving into the “why” behind making, this book STEM skills in easy to digest activities that empower students to experience learning in a meaningful, maker-infused style.

Design Thinking in the Classroom (2018), Lee

The first step into fully utilizing a Makerspace is helping everyone understand how a change in thinking creates a change in doing.  Utilizing design thinking helps students (and educators!) produce innovative solutions.

Makerspace Activities

The Big Book of Makerspace Projects: Inspiring Makers to Experiment, Create, and Learn (2016), Graves & Graves

This book walks the reader through basic makerspace projects for all ages.  From minimal cost Brushbots to paper circuits to more robust projects with MakeyMakey and Little Bits, you’ll find a plethora of ideas with which to fill your makerspace.  This is a good reference book to start the Makerspace process.

Makerspaces in School: A Month-by-Month Schoolwide Model (2018), Brejcha

If you’re beginning the Makerspace journey, this book is a great guide to walk you through the set-up with a structured, streamlined approach.  This book encompases all types of makerspace, whether school wide, library based, or classroom.

Creative Acts for Curious People: How to Think, Create, and Lead in Unconventional Ways (Stanford d.school Library) (2021), Greenberg

“In an era of ambiguous, messy problems—as well as extraordinary opportunities for positive change—it’s vital to have both an inquisitive mind and the ability to act with intention. Creative Acts for Curious People is filled with ways to build those skills with resilience, care, and confidence.”

Makerspace Read-Alouds

Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell

The Little Red Fort by Brenda Maier

Woosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton

Made by Maxine by Ruth Spiro

With My Hands: Poems About Making Things by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

Not a Box by Antoinette Portis

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires