In honor of the National Day of Making in the US, Printrbot Learn is proud to give every educator in the world a free electronic copy of the Makerspace Starter Kit.
Congratulations! You are now the proud owner of a Makerspace.
The Makerspace Starter Kit includes:
Makerspace Welcome Letter (pdf)
Makerspace Starter Kit (pdf)
Mini Maker Notebook (pdf)
Directions: Please read the Makerspace Welcome Letter then download and print the Makerspace Starter Kit (pdf) and the Mini Maker Notebook. The Makerspace Starter Kit (pdf) should be folded with a hamburger fold then a second hamburger fold so the words in bold are on the outside. Folding instructions for the Mini Maker Notebook can be found at http://www.pocketmod.com/howto. Find out more about the Mini Maker Notebook here.
Why a Makerspace Starter Kit? I have spent much of the last year spreading the word about makerspaces in workshops, webinars, Twitter conversations and on this blog. Teachers and librarians often tell me that they are thinking about creating a makerspace. I leave these conversations wishing that I could help with the hardest part, getting started. In fact, one of my earliest blog posts was encouraging teachers to simply start MAKING in the classroom. The Makerspace Starter Kit is my solution.
Deluxe version of the Makerspace Starter Kit that includes designs for laser cutting and 3D printing a Makerspace sign is at http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:297759.
The Makerspace Starter Kit follows the model of the folk tale Stone Soup. In the story of Stone Soup, a traveler wanders into a village and places a stone and water into a pot and places it over a fire. He loudly declares to the suspicious villagers that he is making a wonderful soup that all are free to share. He tastes the soup and says it is almost ready and only needs a little something to make it perfect. In time, each of the villagers contributes to the soup and everyone including the traveler partake in a delicious meal. The Makerspace Starter Kit is the stone. It is a focal point for your declaration that this is a MAKERSPACE. It is your job to convince the members of your community that making will feed the spirit of kids, that kids can and should learn by making. The global maker village has already contributed many free resources for your makerspace. Your local village has the ingredients to grow your makerspace. Enjoy.
Please leave suggestion in the comments or contact me on Twitter @DesignMakeTeach. I would love to see photos of the Makerspace Starter kit in the wild.
The article above originally appeared on the DesignMakeTeach.com blog and is used with permission.