The Complete Starter Guide to Makerspaces

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The Complete Starter Guide to Makerspaces via @thenerdyteacher

This is the most fun I’ve ever had reading a “professional” education book. I’m serious.

Maybe you are just thinking about getting started with a makerspace at your school. Maybe you already are in the process or have begun taking the steps to making it happen in your classroom. Or maybe you’ve had a makerspace but are looking for ways to improve the space and expand the making students can do in your classroom and school. In any case, this book is for you.

It’s one part practical (Nick is a classroom teacher, and doesn’t waste your time). It’s also one part fun! You’ll be laughing and wanting to share some of the stories and pop-culture references Nick makes throughout the book. You can see from the way Nick opens the book, that he is a teacher who gets it. This book isn’t the type of book that tells you everything you are doing is wrong (and look at those sketches/doodles inside that fill the book!):

Inside Your Starter Guide to Makerspaces

It’s not every day you get an opportunity to join a project mid-flight. But that’s exactly what happened a few months ago when John Spencer and I agreed to publish Nick’s book on Makerspaces. We, along with Nick, were tired of the typical education book. When we wrote LAUNCH it was with the mindset that a different type of professional read needed to exist. Nick broke that mold even more so with Your Starter Guide to Makerspaces.

This book shatters the conventional book. It has sketches and doodles throughout. There are places to write in the book, draw in the book, and make paper airplanes out of the book (no joke!). This book is meant to be fun to read, but also fun to share.

Take a look at the inside and see for yourself:

Seven Things You’ll Learn In Your Starter Guide to Makerspaces

1. What is a Makerspace?

While there are all different types of definitions for a makerspace, Nick explains that a one-size fits all definition doesn’t truly work for these types of spaces, unless it is extremely broad.

2. Where to Put the Makerspace in Elementary

3. Where to Put the Makerspace in Middle School and High School

Both of these are important because the book does not shy away from talking about the differences (and similarities) of the spaces at each level. Nick shares his wisdom on where it will impact the most students in each space.

4. Who to Make Allies With!

Putting a makerspace in your school starts with getting a team of people together for the mission! Nick shares his experiences of finding teacher allies that can ramp up the potential for this space.

5. What goes in a Makerspace?

You’ll hear about all kinds of tools and resources that can fill your makerspace and make it as accessible to students as possible.

6. Projects in the Makerspace

Nick, who has worked as a PBL teacher for a long time, shares all kinds of projects and ideas to get the creative juices flowing in your makerspace!

7. Why Fun Is the Key

Throughout this book, you’ll be asked again and again if you are having fun, if the students are having fun, if the community is having fun! You’ll get great ideas to spark not only the innovation in your students, but also the excitement and energy that comes from having fun while learning.

Check out Your Starter Guide to Makerspaces on Amazon and spread the word. Learning should be fun, and this book gives you no option but to enjoy the ride!

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