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Getting the STUFF! Even the wealthiest school can rarely buy all the equipment they want. Personally I recommend letting student and teacher interest guide buying. Still, you may have a list in hand and a need to buy. This post covers some simple ways to get the most for your…

School makerspaces do not need to come with everything. Still, it is nice to have a wish list. Many items can be designed with hand tools and some simple power tools like a dremel. Engineering projects may require a real woodshop or metal fabrication space as well. Very Expensive. For…

Generally I consider tools by student motivation. There are tools that people consider to be a part of makerspaces, 3D Printers comes to mind, and there are tools that emerge as important to individual makerspaces through participant interest. Students and parents expect to see artifacts like 3D printers and scanners….

While 3D printing is all the rage at our school, cutting with vinyl tends to be a major precursor and epic workhorse in the design space. We own a USCutter SC Series vinyl cutter. It has some basic features as well as a one-year warranty from the manufacturer. This is…

The Ultimaker 2 in my lab space is the perfect tool for a variety of skill levels. It works well, has plenty of premium features, and with the open software and hardware development community around this printer, offers options for future growth. Add-ons, such as a syringe based extrusion head,…

The Makey Makey is pretty well known in maker circles. My use has been limited to creating new ways for students to create interfaces on computers but there are new implementations that include the use of Little Bits and other tools. The Makey Makey Go is tiny and I keep…

Interested in taking Scratch to your reality? Maybe add a crafting component? Check out the PicoBoard by Picocricket. This board lets you use Scratch to create projects that can sense and respond to things in the world – outside the computer. Definitely fun to try! There is a robust little…