Because physical “making” is such an important part of hands-on learning in STEM education, developing a classroom makerspace can be a great way to get your students’ creative juices flowing. However, with so many options for products to buy for your makerspace, it can be difficult to decide where to start. In this post, we will explore some of the best items to include in your makerspace.
Cardboard: Cardboard is an essential item to have in your makerspace. Offering endless possibilities for hands-on learning, cardboard can be the basis for a variety of engineering prototypes or other creative projects. Additionally, it can be found in nearly any recycling bin around school, allowing more room in your budget for other necessary items.
Copper Wire and Batteries: Copper wire and batteries may not be something that you have just lying around your classroom, but a variety of useful “making” projects to teach students about electricity can come from these items when they are paired together.
Creating Items (Scissors, Glue, Paint): Keeping a variety of paints, craft scissors, and glues on hand is one of the most important sets of items to be included in your classroom makerspace because they encourage students to be creative and personalize the protypes they make.
Robotics: It’s important to expose students to at least one type of high-tech item, and often robots can be one of the best choices. Robots allow for a wide variety of lessons and projects to be based around them. You will get your money’s worth from this high-tech item because students will be able to program the robot for a variety of tasks that will not only sharpen their technology skills but will also make their makerspace experience more meaningful.
3D Printer: Outside of buying a multifunctional robot, investing in a 3D printer can be a wise choice for your makerspace. These offer a technology-based approach to physical “making.” With the addition of a 3D printer, students will be able to make more advanced prototypes and learn more about computer-aided design.
What better excuse to shop than creating a great learning opportunity for your students, and with these items in your makerspace, you will be off to a great start in providing your students a positive STEM-centered classroom.
To learn more about creating a makerspace in your classroom, check out this resource: Developing a Classroom Makerspace.