What is a makery?
A makery is a space that is intentionally designed to encourage people to make things. It is filled with materials and tools that you would not traditionally see in a school setting. At Design39Campus, we believe that these spaces are essential in helping kids develop the confidence to be creative.
What types of things would students be making in one of these unique spaces?
- Science related projects (design a solar powered car, create a toy incorporating physics principles, build a giant cell, circuitry...)
- Engineering projects (robotics, building models...)
- Art (ceramics, painting, mixed media, sculpture, print making...)
- Bookmaking, Sewing
- Digital Fabrication
- Prototyping any design idea, and the list goes on and on!
Design39Campus has many spaces on our campus that are designated as Maker Spaces. Each will be equipped with the materials and tools needed to create and innovate.
What materials and tools would you find in a Makery?
Maker spaces contain any possible materials that might be needed to create something.
Here is a short list of items we will need in our Makeries.
- Tape, rivets, string, wire, glue guns, zip ties, fasteners...
- Screwdrivers, hammers, nails, pliers, screws, bolts, nuts, drills...
- Scissors, sandpaper, clips, batteries, hacksaw, measuring tapes...
- Sewing machines, fabric, thread, buttons, zippers...
- Work benches, saw horses, clamps, wood...
- 3D printer, laser cutter...
- Buzzers, motors, switches, light bulbs...
- Popsicle sticks, toothpicks, Q-Tips, mixing cups, bowls, foil, wax paper...
- Paint, brushes, markers, crayons, watercolors, clay...
- Cardboard, paper, newspaper, plastic...
- Recycled materials, cans, bottles, paper rolls...
- And the list goes on and on!
(These photos were taken during our self-guided tour of the Stanford d.school in October.)
(This image is from the d.school at Stanford. Their maker space is designed for adult users and includes some tools that we probably will not have at D39C, like bolt cutters!)
Interested in Making?
Attend the first ever San Diego Mini Maker Faire on December 7th at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Bring the kids for a day of making!
"Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned."
San Diego Mini Maker Faire Video
Get Your New School Edition of the Makerspace Playbook
MakerPlace (Visit a real makery in San Diego!)
The Spark Truck
Stocking Up A Maker Space
Safety in School Makerspaces
Designing a School Makerspace
Maker Space in a Box (all the things you need to set up a space)
Still interested in knowing more? Check out the book Make Space by Scott Doorley and Scott Witthoft for ideas on how to set up collaborative spaces!