Throughout my blog I have spoken about materials available in our space to stimulate making in the Makerspace. Sometimes the making and creating comes from literature, other times from KLA’s and many times from challenges and interests of the students. We provide a wide range of craft materials as well as technology.
I thought I’d explain what we have available, the suppliers I have found to be very helpful and inspirational sites and people.
A variety of equipment and stationery: scissors, craft knives, rulers, pens, pencils, crayons, compases, paper, card, cardboard boxes, wool, string, wire, paste, cotton, cotton buds, threads, needles, buttons, wool, paper cups, plastic bottles, tubes, sticks, paddle pop sticks, felt, ballooons, rubber bands, aluminium foil, tooth picks, straws, blu tac, play dough, plasticine, air dry clay, duct tape, masking tape, marbles, ping pong balls, paint, and what ever is needed by the students for projects……….
…..any house hold materials which can be recycled or upcycled can be used.
Copper tape, electric paint, foil, selection of batteries, conductive threads, LED’s, wire, motors, vibration motors, conductive and non-conductive dough, alligator clips, hot glue gun, pliers, hammers, nails, screw drivers, screws, split pins, bull dog clips, metal press studs, neopixels, lilypads
iPads, computers, tablets, visualisers, easy speak microphones, drones, droids and robots, 3D printer, 3D doodle pens, YX plotter with laser engraver, soldering iron, iron, sewing machine, computer building kits.
Resourcing our makerspace started with low tech materials and ideas, over time we have incorporated and acquired more advanced technology.
There are many wonderful Apps for creating, designing and making on the iPads…..without any mess!!!!
This is a must for all Makerspaces. It is a construction toy of interlocking plastic blocks. It allows students to design and build endless projects as it is so versatile. LEGO walls, tables or corners are an invitation for children to create.
Great construction pieces to introduce girls to engineering….also love the History….created by Debbie Sterling to “disrupt the pink aisle” with a toy that would introduce girls to the joy of engineering at a young age. There are Apps, videos, animations, books, commercial and education kits.
2016 will be remembered as our ‘Melting Beads Year’…girls couldn’t get enough! Every opportunity the beads came out and creations were made and left for a dedicated team of Yr 6 girls to melt!
Robots, Droids and Drones
We have a selection of robots, drone snad droids which the girls can program or free flight: LEGO WeDo, NXT Mindstorm and EV3’s. Bee Bot, Probot, Dash, BB8, Gyrobot, Parrot Minidrones and Phantom Drone with camera. We also have some fun remote control toys like our R2-D2! Great for directional language with our little ones!
Electronic blocks press together to create projects with sound, movement and light.
Colour coded electronic blocks which snap together with magnets for inventing and prototyping. More details here and here.Selections of commercially produced science and building kits. These can be purchased in stores like Kmart. Great for ideas and stimulus to start curious minds thinking!
Makey Makey is an invention kit for the 21st century. It can turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It’s a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything inbetween.
3D Printer & 3D Doodle Pen
Cocoon 3D printer and 3D doodle pen. Students design models and artifacts using Tinkercad software which can then be loaded onto the printer.
Arduino is is an open-source electronics microcontroller platform which controls the physical world with sensors. Boards are able to read inputs…….a finger on a button and turn into an output…activating a motor. We are hoping to work more with ours this year.
XY Plotter Robot
XY Plotter Robot Kit is a drawing robot that can move a pen or other instrument to draw digital artwork on flat surface. It can also be developed into a laser engraver by adding the Laser Engraver Upgrade Pack.
This is our ‘new’ makerspace toy, with the engraver attachment, and we are looking forward to learning and creating with it!
Piper Computer Kits
Looking forward to our girls building a computer, creating electronics and learning computer programming skills with Piper Computer Kit.
A must…..I have written a post here about a number of books I have found useful.
Jaycar Electronics (Australia)
Adafruits Australia …..I use to use USA site but now it’s available in Australia
Little Bird Electronics (Australia)
Modern Teaching Aids (Australia)
Aldi, Kmart, Toy stores, art/craft shops
Inspiring people and sites to follow:
Pinterest….this is my board and there are many Makerspace boards to follow
A delightful reader has recommended this site , thank you Sydney. There are certainly some great projects for us to try.
I hope these resources are useful and, of course, we are adding to them all the time……