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What Is a Makerspace?
So what IS a makerspace? “A makerspace is a physical location where people gather to share resources and knowledge, work on projects, network, and build. Makerspaces provide tools and space in a community environment . . .” (7 Things You Should Know About ... Makerspaces™) Makerspaces allow students a place to collaborate, “fail forward” and develop their passions and may be high tech with 3D printers and wearable technology, medium tech with raspberry pi and robotics or low tech with origami or design projects with recycled materials.
5 Secrets of Successful Makerspaces (PDF article)
Funding a Makerspace Through Grants
Lowes Toolbox for Education
Kick start a Makerspace with Lowes Toolbox for Education Grant. Pick a project that meets your schools needs and your parent group's mission. Your project must be completed within one year of receiving the grant.
Have an idea? Need a funder? Check out Donors Choose connecting donors with project ideas from teachers around the nation.
Captain Planet Foundation
Grants are made for activities that conform to the mission of the Captain Planet Foundation and MUST have all four of the following to be considered for funding:
1) Be project-based;
2) Projects must be performed by youth;
3) Projects must have real environmental outcomes; 4) Be based in the United States.
Funding a Makerspace Through Partnerships
Mouse is a national youth development nonprofit connecting content, programs, and digital platforms to establish a powerful culture that engages learners.
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