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 us, we think along the lines of craft-oriented projects. Such a space contains long tables, light, less worry about ventilation, a sewing machine, and other items. Each makerspace should reflect the interests and excitement of the participants.
The fabled “perfect” shopping list(s)
- The main resources for most schools has been Makerspace Playbook: Schools Edition. You have to share your email but it is worth it in the beginning.
- Make had an issue called The Ultimate Workshop and Tool Guide. They review and share instructions on a ton of tools in this issue. Worth it!
- Adam Kemp wrote The Makerspace Workbench. It has quite a bit of information on creating a space and was written by a high school teacher.
- Fab Lab put together a great worksheet with types of tool use and costs. I might be infatuated with this one. This magical spreadsheet contains my wish list.