Teaching Resources for the Making and Maker Spaces for STEAM Projects STEM Workshop Module

Making and Maker Spaces for STEAM Projects:
In this station-based module, learners will be introduced to cutting-edge technologies for classroom ‘making’ and have the opportunity to design, create and take home their own STEAM creation made from materials in our maker space. This experience models and demonstrates how to organize and safely facilitate open-ended, student-directed projects in a low-tech maker space that includes wood/plastic/fabric, hand tools, power tools, fasteners, hardware, glues, wires, LED lights and batteries.

Key Concepts: materials, properties of materials, criteria, the engineering design process, innovation, using hand and power tools, circuits, time and project management, creativity.

CU Research Partners and Sponsor Information Pages:
CU-Outreach and Engagement
CU Boulder Idea Forge
CU Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science

Related News, Videos and Web Resources:
International Society for Technology in Education
Make Magazine
Makerspace School Playbook (2013) (pdf)
Starting A School Makerspace from Scratch from Edutopia.org
Research Round-Up of Studies on Making and Learning from Makerspaces.com
Makerspaces Encourage Students to Innovate and Build Critical Thinking Skills from EdTech Magazine
Defining Makerspaces: What the Research Says from Renovated Learning
Article: Designing a School Makerspace from Edutopia.org
Article: ISTE.org- Create a School Makerspace in 3 Easy Steps
Setting Up A School Fab Lab from FabFoundation.org
Making a Makerspace? Guidelines for Accessibility and Universal Design from Access Engineering at washington.edu (pdf)
Renovated Learning Makerspace Resources Page
Stocking a School Makerspace from Make Magazine

Program Materials:
The materials team at CU Science Discovery has found a number of reliable and inexpensive sources for the materials used for our Makerspace on Amazon.com that may be of value to you.  If you find missing or incorrect links please contact Eric Carpenter via email, as these links will likely change over time.

Makerspace Materials and Shopping List Spreadsheet

Lulzbot Taz-Mini 3D Printer ($1250 *Discounts Available)
Silhouette Cameo 3 Craft Cutter ($299)
Glossy Adhesive Backed Vinyl Sticker Material for Craft Cutter (12” x 10’ for $12.96)
LED Lamp Sets (300 for $12.57)
Nuts, Bolts and Screws: Raw Products Corporation (1000 bolts or screws for $15-$20)
BPC Conductive Thread on Amazon.com (2100 yards for $14.97)
6-color 24# Solid Hook Up Wire Set ($17.99)
Conductive Aluminum Foil Tape (14 – 1” rolls for $4.10)