With all of the various activities, students have been checking in regularly to see what is new and to spend some social time in our Makerspace with their peers.
And all of a sudden it is January and time to revamp and plan for new and creative activities and technologies for the Makerspace.
Here is what we are planning:
One activity we have going right now is to print straw connectors to allow students to create, build and explore architectural design. We used files from Thingiverse (click here for the project). Before printing we bring our files into a program called Print Studio to view, resize and preview the print job before sending it to our printer. Print Studio is a free download that you can access here.
#2 - Recording Studio
We have a room next to our Makerspace that is being turned into a recording studio. We have big plans to give students the ability to record and create in this space. My colleague, Jeremy, created this Sketchup of the space. We plan to include a mixer, electric guitars, a keyboard, microphones, speakers, green screening, and more. I can't wait to see how this comes together.
#3 - Circuitry with Makey Makey
We have Makey Makey circuit boards on order and plan to allow students to create a giant touch floor piano as well as other Makey Makey projects when these arrive.
#4 - LED Cards
All that is needed for this activity is LED bulbs, copper tape, card stock and batteries. Click here for how to directions. It is always a big hit when we include a craft makerspace activity. Students love these types of creative stations.
#5 - Virtual Reality
Since purchasing our Zen Smart Phones more students are taking part in exploring the many apps and videos for virtual reality. We have these VR viewers and they have held up really well.
#6 - Interactive Projector -
Technically this is not in the Makerspace, but it is going to be in the classroom teaching section of our library. I will share a picture of the finished project once it is installed. An interactive projector can project on any flat light surface and basically acts as a giant touch screen.