How much does it cost to set up a school library makerspace?
That depends....The price tag can be anywhere from "free" to hundreds or thousands of dollars...
What kind of technology is needed?
That depends on your definition of technology. All makerspace projects use some kind of technology, but it doesn't have to be high tech. Here's a sample list:
How big does a makerspace need to be?
That's up to you. Keep it simple, or go big.
Who is going to run this thing??
Consider a rotating crew of guest mentors. Tap your community, especially your students.
Below are just a few ideas. Some are more high-tech than others. See the Resources page for more possibiities. Don't forget to promote your library's makerspace projects on your RICAT site, LibGuides page, blog, website, Twitter feed, Facebook page, or Instagram account.
Photobooth: Customize a space or backdrop; design, print, and create props, costumes, or masks; base characters on library- or classroom-related content
Soda Bottle Bird Feeder: Partner with a biology or ecology class or unit; donate feeders to a local park or nursing home
Talking Sock Puppets: Combine with a unit on recycling, holidays, or electronics
Pendulum Painting: A great project to complement math, science, and art
Remote-Controlled Venus Flytrap: (You read that right!) Requires some advanced technical skills and equipment
Make Your Own Stop-Motion Movie: Blend digital storytelling with "old-fashioned" charm