So, you spent the whole summer planning and planning and you’ve got tons of innovative ideas for makerspace projects now that everyone’s settled into school. You’re even hoping for rainy days so that students spend their free time innovating in the makerspace and taking advantage of this unique way of learning. There’s only one small problem. There’s nowhere to put it. Makerspaces are very versatile, however, so if you’re struggling with finding the right place for it to go in your school (or any place), it shouldn’t bee too much of a challenge and here are some helpful hints!
Manhattan College is opening its campus to host some up-and-coming teaching products, including virtual reality, 3D printing, and more as some of their faculty members explore their potential for enhancing education. Mark your calendars for Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 from 3:30-6:30pm at Manhattan College’s Kelly Commons in the Bronx, NY.
Have you typed with a doughnut or built your own instrument this school year? The MaKey MaKey GO enables all kinds of innovative student inventions and increases their creative capabilities. It's just like the classic MaKey MaKey board except it adds an element of mobility to STEAM education and will help you facilitate active learning all around the school, makerspace, or library!
The littleBits Rule Your Room Kit is one of littleBits' newest kits and it’s nothing short of awesome. If you’re familiar with littleBits already, you are more than welcome to skip to the next paragraph! So what are littleBits!? They are easy-to-use electronic building blocks that are magnetic and color-coded by function. The modules simply snap together, allowing for creative freedom and exploration for everyone—no experience or technical knowledge required. With over 70 modules out so far, there are infinite creation possibilities and an unlimited number of ways for kids to access their inner STEAM genius.
If you spent the summer remodeling your school’s computer lab, making it shine, and replacing some of the outdated machines with less outdated machines, then that’s great! We’re sorry, though. You may have wasted your time. At a somewhat surprising rate, schools are ditching the traditional computer labs and replacing them with innovation hubs known as 3D printer labs. Kids get the added STEM experience and the school spends a lot more money. Not so fast. We’ve got five top-of-the-line and, most importantly, affordable 3D printers you should stick in your school this year.