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to a community of people who have a passion for making things, and who want to share that with others by making with others by setting up a Makerspace. This playbook will help you establish a wonderful new resource in your school, neighborhood, or wider local community. It shares the knowledge and experience from the Makerspace team as well as from those who have already started Makerspaces.
We know that the thought of getting a Makerspace started can be daunting, whether it’s finding a facility, engaging members or students, recruiting mentors, dealing with liability, etc. We want your Makerspace to succeed, to expand the Maker community and grow the Maker movement, to share the Maker mindset and DIY mentality, and to engage and stimulate your neighborhood, school, town or region. We wrote this playbook for Makerspace advocates like you—teachers, parents, Makers, etc.— to make it easier to launch a space and get a program up and running.
We like to say that if you can imagine it, you can make it. So let’s make your Makerspace!
This is a fully open-source project led by MakerEd, visit our Resource Library for more helpful guides and resources. We would like this document to grow and reflect new practices and current experiences. If you find anything we can refine, add or share, there's a few ways to contribute.
This playbook was adapted from a pdf distributed in 2013 by Maker Media under an Attribution-Non-Commercial-ShareAlike Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-SA.)
- 1.Beginnings what we’re doing and why; origins of the Maker movement
- 2.Places making a space more conducive to a community that makes together
- 3.Tools & Materials inventory, budgets, and strategies
- 4.Safety planning for safety, signage, and common rules
- 5.Roles what teachers, students, shop managers, and mentors do in a Makerspace
- 6.Practices pedagogical approaches experienced makers use to support emerging makers
- 7.A Year of Making teacher Aaron Vanderwerff describes his experience making with students
- 8.Projects guiding novice makers as they build their skill set; sources for projects
- 9.Startup nuts and bolts of getting involved with the Makerspace network
- 10.Documenting sharing projects … and the stories behind their making
- 11.Snapshots four school-based Makerspaces in action
- 12.Resources helpful lists, forms, and templates
- 1.Program Team
- 2.Recommended Suppliers
- 3.Tips from Mentors of the Computer Clubhouse
- 4.Samples and Templates
- 1.Proposal and budget to submit to a funder
- 2.Makerspace Member and Mentor “Job Descriptions”
- 3.Liability Waiver
- 4.Project Match for Members and Mentors
- 5.Project Plan
- 6.Proposal Form
- 5.Safety Plan
- 6.The Safe Workshop
- 7.Makerspace-in-a-Box: First, Next, Additional Purchases of Tools & Consumables