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
- Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, 2nd Edition (2019), Martinez & Stager
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This go-to book on Makerspaces now has a second edition! Martinez & Stager expand upon the makerspace movement, and how to connect the powerful learning experiences that making provides, whether you have a dedicated makerspace, or are making it up on a budget.
- Worlds of Making: Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace for Your School (2015), Fleming
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The strategies in this book will help anyone begin a makerspace in your school including an action plan and assistance in aligning making to standards and benchmarks.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”