Teachers and administrators who want to set up a Makerspace at their school often tell us they don’t know how to get started. What tools and materials do we need to allow for a wide range of Maker projects?
Steve Hoefer has put together an excellent overview of the kinds of furniture, tools, and materials you’d need to start a Makerspace for about 25 students in a high school. We’re excited to share with you our latest version of this annotated checklist and guidelines.
This buildout takes a modular approach. Steve describes a general workspace and tools, and then the most popular making areas as modules that a teacher could add on to the basic space. These modules are: Electronics, Textiles, Computers, 3D Printing, and Laser Cutting. For each module, Steve has defined the safety, requirements, and some example projects and resources for that space. Then Steve listed the tools, accessories, consumables, materials and parts that module would need. Each item in the checklist is identified as part of a Basic- or Intermediate-level space.
Take a look at it, and tell us what you think. We welcome your comments and feedback.
P.S. This is a working document, and we not only welcome but encourage your feedback and comments. (updated 23 March)