How do you organize your makerspace?

I love Makerspaces.

This question I keep finding myself asking is how do I organize all of this stuff? If you have a Makerspace, you basically are signing up for organized chaos. so where is all the stuff going to go?!

The short answer is that every space is different, so if you have wall mounted shelves, go for it and use those! You have shelves!

Makerspaces are full of different technologies, tools and materials. Storing those is something that we can actually discuss. for this article I am just going to discuss how I store Makey Makey, Raspberry Pi and Littlebits.

Makey Makey(MM):

MM comes in a small box jam packed with alligator clips, wires, USB cable and the MM. I Let my Students borrow the box and then return it to me, but things got messy. I have 5th and 6th graders primarily and their dexterity just is not there for forcing all the materials back in the small box. I ended up taking a trip to Dollar General and was able to but some nice Sterlite containers for $2 a piece. Now I can even add more components to the kit and students don’t have to stay back to pack a small box up to my standards.

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Makey Makey’s stored on the top shelf.

What ideas do you have for storing makey makey? Stay tuned for upcoming posted about organizing your space!

Memorial Day Project Making

 

I was thinking today about Memorial Day and what our group of makers can contribute. Our school takes memorial day pretty seriously and throws a big assembly for area veterans so I thought about ideas that I could have some of my maker students work on for Memorial Day. This is what I wrote for their google classroom.

What can we create for the celebration? We have a movie that is in the works, we are going to have numerous veterans in the school and a large assembly. What could YOU create for this important day? Could you 3D print something to give to veterans? Or to sell in support of veterans? Think and let me know what you come up with! a few idea links are below.

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:343072

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:843361

While these links are about 3D printing, I want students to think of any project that might help them express gratitude towards our soliders who gave their lives in support of our country. I am excited to see what comes out of class tomorrow.!