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Build a Makerspace for Young People

Find out how to create and run a makerspace for young people. Look at the pedagogy and approaches behind digital making.

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Build a Makerspace for Young People
  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    2 hours
  • Accreditation

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The CPD Certification Service

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Embrace the maker movement - build a makerspace in your community

A makerspace is an area inside a school, library or other public facility, which young people can use to apply digital skills to the real world, exploring ideas and making things collaboratively.

This online course will show you how to create a makerspace in your community. You’ll explore different approaches to makerspaces, understand the pedagogy that underpins the maker movement, and get practical advice on getting started.

By the end of the course, you’ll understand the benefits of embracing making and know how to find partners to help you build a successful makerspace in your community.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 2 seconds Do you want to bring people together to tinker, create, and make in your community? Then this course is for you. You’ll learn about the maker movement and digital making, share ideas and good practice with educators from all around the world, and get practical advice on how to begin. I’m Carrie Anne Philbin, director of education at the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and I’m your lead educator for this course. This course is based on hands-on learning. You’ll be creating projects, sourcing equipment, and developing a plan to pilot a maker space for young people by the end of the course. So join us as we help you build a maker space in your community. Sign up now at rpf.io/makerspace.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    What is a Makerspace?

    • Welcome to the maker community

      Join our community of educators who want to explore making in this course.

    • What is the maker movement?

      Explore the maker movement and learn why the concepts of making are useful in education.

    • Creating a Culture of Making

      Ensure the legacy of your makerspace by creating a culture that supports creativity

    • Planning your makerspace

      Start your plan for building a makerspace in your venue.

  • Week 2

    Equipment, Volunteers and Impact

    • Welcome to Week 2

      Begin to get a practical idea of how to set up your makerspace by reading the story of the MCHS Maker Lab.

    • What equipment do I need?

      Explore equipment and materials for your makerspace, and how to source and fund them

    • Who will support my makerspace?

      Gather a team of people to help make your makerspace a success.

    • How will I track the impact of my makerspace?

      Learn about metrics and methods for tracking your makerspace's impact on your learners.

  • Week 3

    Making in Education

    • Welcome to Week 3

      Start off this week by reading about the Utah STEM Bus, an amazing mobile makerspace.

    • Embracing Making in Education

      Explore the research behind digital making and take a look at our own curriculum

    • What will my makerspace look like?

      Design your makerspace environment

    • Complete your makerspace plan

      Finalize your action plan!

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
The CPD Certification Service:

The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 and is the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the CPD policies of professional and academic bodies.

When would you like to start?

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore how to create a makerspace in your community
  • Explore different approaches to makerspaces
  • Discuss the pedagogy that underpins the maker movement
  • Apply practical advice on getting started
  • Identify partners to help you build a successful makerspace in your community

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone who wants to build a makerspace for young people. You might be a school or community librarian, a primary or secondary school teacher, a school governor, a member of a parent-teacher association or a museum education officer.

What software or tools do you need?

To take part in the course learners need access to free programming software Scratch and Python

What do people say about this course?

"Thank you - this has really clarified my thinking about how we can build a makerspace into the museum and the potential it could have for our visitors."

"This is how all teacher education should be, only without the subscription. Nice range of material, collaboration, ideas, and I also like the opportunity to update the proposal presentation as we progressed through the course. Not too demanding on time, but serious enough to be thought provoking."

Who will you learn with?

Training Manager for Raspberry Pi Foundation North America. Find me on Twitter: @ascollins

Who developed the course?

Raspberry Pi Foundation

The Raspberry Pi Foundation works to put the power of digital making into the hands of people all over the world, so they are capable of understanding and shaping our increasingly digital world.

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