Developing a MakerSpace
Are you a teacher, professor or administrator interested in developing a Makerspace at your school, but don't know where to start? Developing a MakerSpace can seem like a daunting task, even for the well seasoned maker, let alone someone just getting started. This section is designed to guide you through the process of developing a MakerSpace at your school site, and provide you with the information and resources necessary to bring your ideas to life. Learn more about our experiences in the ongoing development of the Maker Lounge, and use them to plan your own space. Below you will find quick links to the various steps of developing your space from the ground up. Feel free to jump ahead, or go through the process as a whole.
Dream of developing a MakerSpace, but need to get others on board. Here you will find a collection of literature and research giving you a foundation for starting your own space.
Types of MakerSpaces
Successful MakerSpaces are designed to suit the needs of the makers using it, and are tailored to the space in which they are located. Learn more about various types of MakerSpaces, and determine which fits your needs.
Designing and developing a MakerSpace is hard work, and often a significant investment. This section will guide you through the initial considerations you should taking when planning your space and help you determine the type of space that you want to develop.
After determining the type of space that you want to develop, this section will help clarify how this will happen. In developing this plan this section will walk you through four main areas where you will need to focus your attention: managing, developing, training and sustaining.
One of the most crucial aspects of having a successful MakerSpace is its physical layout. How a physical space is organized greatly impacts how it will be used. This section will help you plan how to get the most out of your new space regardless of size, location or available resources.
Running a Makerspace
MakerSpaces require constant attention and upkeep from day 1 in order to keep them safe and functional. Here you will learn about structures and routines you can put in place as well as what to look out for in order to keep you space running successfully.