Building a makerspace can be a lot like the television show Breaking Bad. You start with a noble intention, you work hard creating something new, you invest your own identity into the project, and before you know it you realize that you’ve ended up in a really bad place. While it’s true few people who want […]Read more "#MAKING Time For Self Care – the Importance of Mental Health in Your Makerspace"
Let me make one thing clear – Spheros are cool. They have amazing potential to be used creatively by educators and can make STEM education more engaging for learners. With that being said, is anyone else starting to feel Sphero fatigue? At the MakerBus we follow a lot of different educators through platforms like Twitter […]Read more "The Zero Sphero Makerspace – How to Avoid Creating a McMakerspace"
The other day we had a Skype conversation with two people in Israel who are considering building a mobile makerspace. They asked us if there were many mobile makerspaces in Canada and we realized that we didn’t actually know the answer. This post is our attempt to answer that question by creating a complete list […]Read more "A list of mobile makerspaces in Canada"
With the MakerBus we’ve had the privilege of touring makerspaces in schools, libraries, and communities across North America. In chatting with people who have built makerspaces or are in the process of building a makerspace, we’ve noticed a natural trend – people want their makerspaces to be perfect. This means from the moment they open […]Read more "A lesson you can learn from web development to create a successful makerspace"
Two weeks ago I delivered a keynote at the Big Sky Global Tech Summit in Big Sky Montana. Teachers at a local school in Big Sky have purchased a decommissioned school bus from their board and are busy transforming that bus into a mobile makerspace. Reflecting on the past 4+ years of MakerBus fun that Kim, Beth, […]Read more "Five more essential pieces of advice for starting a makerspace (Part II)"
Last week I delivered a keynote at the Big Sky Global Tech Summit in Big Sky Montana. Teachers at a local school in Big Sky have purchased a decommissioned school bus from their board and are busy transforming that bus into a mobile makerspace. Reflecting on the past 4+ years of MakerBus fun that Kim, […]Read more "Top Ten Essential Pieces of Advice for Anyone Starting a Makerspace (Part 1)"
Welcome to a new regular series on our blog, Makerspace Math. This series will focus on the “M” in STEAM, offering practical tips, tutorials, and ideas for incorporating math education into your makerspace. How 3D Printers Can Help With Math Education One of the most amazing things about 3D printing is its ability to make intangible […]Read more "Makerspace math: How 3D printers can help with math education"
How to start a makerspace with next-to-no money -Ryan Hunt, Co-Founder of the MakerBus, Canada’s first mobile makerspace Three years ago Kim Martin, Beth Compton, and I decided to build Canada’s first mobile makerspace. But there was one small catch – we didn’t have any money. Despite this (big, but not insurmountable) catch we have […]Read more "How to start a makerspace with next-to-no money"
Each year on April Fools Day we like to propose a new Maker vehicle – from planes, to tanks, to boats we’ve imagined different mobile makerspaces. This year we proposed the MakerBike – a pedal powered makerspace using a bicycle and a trailer. We were struck by how much people on Facebook and Twitter loved […]Read more "The MakerBike – ideas for building a bicycle makerspace"
As the summer winds down, we’re gearing up for the second round of MakerBus renovations. Last year with the help of Paul Graham at Alpine Systems Engineering and his amazing team, we turned a rusted, old school bus into our big blue beauty. The second stage of renovations will focus on the interior of the […]Read more "How would you build a mobile makerspace?"