Skip to 0 minutes and 2 secondsHello, and welcome back to week two of Build a Makerspace for Young People. I hope you've enjoyed week one, where we explored the concepts of digital making and the maker movement. This week, you will focus on what you need to get started making with your students in the space, ideas for activities, and one of the most exciting elements, the equipment. But before you get too carried away and start a shopping list of your dreams, it's worth taking the time to reflect on what you want to do and what impact you want it to have on your learners. There is a lot that you can achieve without a substantial budget. Remember, recycle, repurpose, and reuse.

Welcome to Week 2

Hello! Welcome back to Build a Makerspace for Young People.

I hope you enjoyed Week 1, where you were introduced to makerspaces and the maker movement. You also started an action plan by identifying a location in your community for your makerspace, thus completing the first steps in embracing this new adventure.

This week we will:

  • Explore what equipment you will need in your makerspace
  • Consider any health and safety risks posed by makerspace materials
  • Identify who will help you set up and run your makerspace

Remember that the course is available for you to go through at your own pace. We do encourage you to complete each week sequentially so that you can connect with other educators taking the course. Please also note that all content within this course is under a Creative Commons license, so you are free to share and adapt it as you please.

Next up, you’ll hear first-hand from an educator who created a makerspace: what worked, what didn’t, and what’s next. As you read her case study, make sure to note ideas that could be helpful for your own makerspace action plan.

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Build a Makerspace for Young People

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