I would like to start small with my making space and work up from there. The materials that I would like to start with include safety goggles, glue, paper, fabric, scissors, popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, feathers, paper clips, tape, clay, cookie cutters, rubber bands, yarn, thread, string, pompoms, magnets, buttons, Styrofoam, straws, cardboard, Q-tips, hammers, wood, nails, screws, screwdrivers, hinges, levels, wheels, wires, batteries, motors from electric toothbrushes, cameras, computers, and access to printers. I’m not sure about having drills, soldering irons, saws, hot glue guns, or other power tools because of the age group of my students. I have a hard time giving six year olds sharp or dangerous tools. I would require adult supervision for them to use hammers.
I agree with Hlubinka (2013), “No matter how durable the tool, equipment always begets more equipment. Hand tools need toolboxes or cabinets to organize them. Battery-powered tools need charging stations. A vacuum is needed wherever there are cutting tools. Some equipment has safety considerations, such as fire extinguishers, air filters or eye shields. First aid kits should always be well stocked and at hand throughout the space.” Just from creating my list of needs, I can see how fast my items grew. There are so many things that can go on the list, I feel like my makerspace would need to be quite large and I would need ample storage for all of our tools and materials.
As for funding my makerspace, I would need to be creative because I would like to be very selective in the materials I ask my school to fund. I am very fortunate that I come from a long line of people who never throw away junk and according to our text, “recycling junk teaches students to open up and look at anything in their world as part of their problem-solving toolkit” (Martinez & Stager, 2013). However, getting my family to part with some of their junk could be challenging, at least until I tell them “it’s for the children” because that always gets results. I believe that Garcia-Lopez (2013) offered good advice when she wrote, “Start a maker club to raise money for the project, engaging the campus and local community. Conduct a “tool drive” within your school or neighborhood, asking parents to donate tools. You wouldn’t believe how many extra tools people have in storage. While we’d like families to save some tools for making things together at home, many would be happy to donate their extra tools to schools.” I know my family has more tools than they could ever hope to use. My brother has four toolboxes (he is a diesel mechanic) and I am sure he would give me some of his extra tools. My stepfather was a master carpenter and he has both tools and knowledge that I could tap for my maker club. My family is just a jumping off point. I am sure that the families of my students also would have items that they would donate to our maker space.
Garcia-Lopez, P. (2013, September 5). 6 Strategies for Funding a Makerspace. Retrieved June 22, 2015, from Edutopia: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/6-strategies-funding-makerspace-paloma-garcia-lopez
Hlubinka, M. (2013, August 21). Stocking up School Makerspaces. Retrieved June 22, 2015, from Makezine: http://makezine.com/2013/08/21/stocking-up-school-makerspaces/
Martinez, S., & Stager, G. (2013). Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom. Torrance, CA: Constructing Modern Knowledge Press.