Planning for an organizing a new Maker Space can be a daunting task. Here are some things to help get you started:
Where will you put it? Many schools have a dedicated location either in a library or Learning Commons. It is a good idea to locate or purchase some shelving that can be organized with clear bins or buckets (you will want to see inside them when looking for material). Many schools also have ‘maker carts’ which can be any movable trolly that can be loaded up with maker materials and brought into a classroom so the Maker Space can be portable (see below for guidelines to consider when choosing a cart).
Here are some ideas for the materials that you might want to include into your Maker Space:
Cardboard cutting and building tools
Writing and colouring implements of all sorts
Duct Tape/Masking Tape
String, yarn and cording
Nails, screws (and tools to use them)
Loose parts (any collections of objects such as beads, corks, rocks, dry pasta, buttons, beans, etc.)
Rubber tubing or hoses
Choosing or making a Maker Cart:
Choose a cart that has room for flat storage, multiple bins for collections of materials, a flat table top that can double as storage and work space, and wheels on the bottom for easy transportation. There are carts specifically made for this purpose, but you can easily create your own if you have rolling carts in your school that you can adapt.