Makerspace Playbook

A free PDF guide to starting a makerspace in your school or community

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Are you planning to start a makerspace at your school or in your community? Let the Makerspace Playbook guide you with expert advice and helpful strategies to make it a success.

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CONTENTS

Beginnings
what we're doing and why, origins of the Maker movement

Places
making a space more conducive to a community that makes together

Tools & Materials
inventory, budgets, and strategies (see also High School Makerspace Tools & Materials: a companion document detailing the uses and costs of a fully stocked inventory for an in-school Makerspace.)

Safety
planning for safety, signage, and common rules

Roles
what teachers, students, shop managers, and mentors do in a Makerspace

Practices
pedagogical approaches experienced makers use to support emerging makers

A Year of Making
teacher Aaron Vanderwerff describes his experience making with students

Projects
guiding novice makers as they build their skill set; sources for projects

Startup
nuts and bolts of getting involved with the Makerspace network

Documenting
sharing projects … and the stories behind their making

Snapshots
four school-based Makerspaces in action

Resources
helpful lists, forms, and templates

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