Why MakerSpace

The concept of makerspace is growing exponentially in schools today to adapt to mobile learning. According to Google, it is one of the most searched terms on the internet. The Maker Culture (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maker_culture) is growing globally especially in education and why not, this is an amazing way to hone leadership, creativity, collaboration and many other 21st century skills among the students.

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It would be very easy to start a maker space at your school. There is a lot of content available on the Internet on the Maker Movement, the Maker Spaces and how to develop them.

We would highly recommend the following few links to understand the whole concept

1. Makerspaces

2. Makerspace for Education

3. History of MakerSpace at CuriosityCommons

4. The Maker Magazine

We would also encourage the school leaders to go through the following books

1. Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering and Engineering in the classroom

2. The Art of Tinkering

3. The Third Teacher

4. Design, Make, Play: Growing the Next Generation of STEM Innovators

5. Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration

The Maker culture help students to learn the DIY concept, which stands for Do It Yourself. There can be many types of Makerspaces that may require various types of machines and material and would need a huge investment.

However, we would always recommend going slow. Start with a smaller version of the makerspace and focus on developing the community. You can start a makerspace with a very small investment.

Involve your teachers and students. Invite seasoned people to come over and deliver talks and workshops. You will be surprised to see, how many people will be willing to support your initiative even for free.

But we would highly recommend to felicitate and compensate these resource people. If your school is very low on budget, at least arrange for their commute. This will give you a constant traction of new resource people and your Makerspace will flourish to the new heights.

Resources & Pricing

A dedicated room, a few books, a computer with audio-visual arrangements and the internet, toolkits and supplies.

Approximate capital cost for implementation | 10,000 to 100,000/-

Approximate operational cost for implementation | 2,000/- to 20,000/-

Yes, the operational cost can be very low if we are not considering the overheads you can designate a few students as the leader for space. The students may even contribute Waste material to space.

 

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