1st Edition

Makerspaces in School A Month-by-Month Schoolwide Model for Building Meaningful Makerspaces

By Lacy Brejcha Copyright 2018
    190 Pages
    by Prufrock Press

    Organized into an easy-to-follow, month-by-month plan for implementation, this book provides field-tested and research-based knowledge that will serve educators as they create and maintain a meaningful Makerspace. Although science, technology, engineering, arts, and math have made huge gains in the past decade, STEAM jobs are not being filled at the rate they are being created or needed. Makerspaces in School promotes innovative thinking in students that fills this need. Through Makerspaces, project-based learning provides opportunities for credible, legitimate, and authentic growth and development. This book will allow any educator to walk away with a plan to create a Makerspace in his or her classroom or a school- or districtwide model that works for many. Makerspaces are very fluid places—each is unique in its own way!

    2020 Teachers' Choice Award for Professional Development Winner

    Foreword Introduction Chapter 1 August What Is a Makerspace? Chapter 2 September Why Are Makerspaces Important? Chapter 3 October Makerspace Planning and Wonder Walls Chapter 4 November Developing and Implementing Makerspace Activities Chapter 5 December Providing Assessment and Recording Standards Chapter 6 January Being Resourceful: Requesting Donations for Materials, Getting Helpers or Outside Experts, and Help . . . We Don’t Have Room for a Makerspace! Chapter 7 February Keeping a Makerspace Planned, Playful, and Purposeful Chapter 8 March Structured Versus Unstructured Makerspaces in a Classroom, Schoolwide, or Districtwide Model Chapter 9 April The Problem-Solving Process and Presentations of Projects and Challenges Chapter 10 May Technology Integration and High(er) Tech Materials Conclusion: Keep Making References Appendix: Additional Resources About the Author


    Lacy Brejcha has been an elementary education teacher for more than 15 years. She graduated from Baylor University in 2002.

    Thoroughly 'user friendly' in tone, commentary, organization and presentation, Makerspaces in School is unreservedly recommended for school district, college, and university library Teacher Education instructional reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

    ,James A. Cox,Midwest Book Review, 9/20/18
    Makerspaces in School provides tools for educators who want to create such spaces in a classroom or school, emphasizing how each space can be different depending on physical space, educational perspectives, and approaches. ,Diane Donovan,Donovan's Literary Services, 9/24/18