Having a makerspace in your classroom gives students an incredible opportunity to grow. Not only does it help them exercise creativity and idea generation, but it allows them to physically create something and go home with a product they are proud of. It doesn’t hurt that it’s fun, too. To make sure your students are getting the most out of your class, here are three quick and easy tips to improve your makerspace.
Poster with Rules
A hot glue gun is the welder of the craft world. Quicker than liquid glue, sturdier than tape, and just plain fun! Students can make nearly any structure with some cardboard and a little hot glue. Be sure to include this awesome tool in your makerspace, just be aware that students can easily burn themselves. Consider having a glue gun stand where students must place the tool when it’s not being used.
Hot Glue Station
Older students may benefit from more advanced supplies, which usually come with a higher price tag, unfortunately. That’s not to say that you can’t still shop affordably, but your students are likely to require more than cardboard and building blocks to feel challenged. As your students become advanced enough to utilize higher-end programming software and robotics equipment, you will have to exercise discernment when making your purchases. Make sure to buy from reputable sources, and avoid buying only the cheapest supplies—as these can often leave you worse off in the long run. Choose items that peak your students’ interest. For instance, a robotic arm that your students can program and control is just plain cool, and will no doubt keep them engaged and excited to learn more. Be sure to browse our cool robotics kits so you don’t miss out on some neat supplies!
Large Enough Workspace
This last tip might seem obvious, but it is easy to underestimate the amount of space required for a creative endeavor. What looks to be a clean, wide open space can quickly transform into a chaotic mess of tools and materials. By giving students space to spread out, they will have the freedom to explore their creativity without worrying about crushing their neighbor’s project or pricking themselves on a pair of scissors hiding beneath a pile of cardboard scraps.
The changes you make to your makerspace don’t have to be drastic. Little ideas like these can help foster you students’ creativity and problem solving without breaking the bank.
Check out our other post, 5 Items to Include in Your Classroom Makerspace, and learn more about how to revolutionize your makerspace!