Skip to main content

Maker Resources for You!

In 2005, Dale Dougherty, through Maker Media, launched Make Magazine.  This has proven to be a catalyst for what is now known as the Maker Movement.  In 2006, to celebrate what was being created from the magazine and in the world at large, Maker Faire was born.  The first faire was held in the San Francisco Bay Area and attracted over 20,000 attendees.  

In 2015, more than 1.2 million people will have attended over 150 events all over the globe.  Locally, we are proud that our own event - the Southwest Michigan Mini Maker Faire contributed over 1,200 attendees!  But what I am most happy to say is that the art of making and creating is alive in classrooms all over our area and spreading.

The folks at Maker Media have been busy again lately, providing several excellent opportunities to help your classroom, school, and community.  One of the first places to start is Maker Ed.  This site provides a powerful resource library and a ‘playbook’ on creating a youth Makerspace.  The non-profit organization is committed to provide students with opportunities to create, make, and learn.  They offer professional development opportunities and a directory for you to connect with programs and events.

If you have students and teachers excited about the opportunities of making in school, a club might be the first place to start.  Maker Media can help here as well.  Due to the success of their summer camp, they have decided to offer Maker Camp during the school year.  The summer program was built all around different themes (such as fantasy, flight, or farmland) with creative projects for kids to make supporting these themes.  All of the online resources are still available for you to use.  

Maker Camp kicks off October 5, and runs ten weeks.  This camp is geared for later elementary to middle school students.  You could check in and see if there is a ‘campsite’ near you, or start your own.  If you are unable to join the camp kick-off you could use the summer camp resources and proceed at your own pace.  Let’s start making!

Once camp ends, if your school is ready to share and celebrate the making and learning happening you can host your own licensed Maker Faire at school.  This is a free program for K-12 schools.  An overview can be found at complete with an opportunity to apply, or find a faire near you.

There you have it.  Resources straight from the folks that started it all.  I hope you found something of use in this post.  Remember that one of the core tenets of the Maker Movement is sharing, so if you find something useful then share it as a comment below!


  1. Summer camps for learning centers have been listed on the official website of in the top 50 part-time summer jobs for students. Imagine the possibility for the talent to be adopted in the case of the further internships. Unbecoming positions will be discarded.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Getting Started with 3D Printing: Part 1

By now, it is likely that you have seen or heard of the concept of 3D printing.  The easiest way to think of it is taking a 3D model off of the computer and turning it into a real life product.  3D printing is an additive manufacturing process so there is very little waste when you make objects.

When you decide to get started yourself, it can be VERY overwhelming trying to figure out which 3D printer to buy and how to even begin.  In this series of blog posts, I intend to share some first hand tips on how to make that process easier and help you avoid some mistakes that I have made.

Finding a Printer

Congratulations, you have examined your educational goals and figured out that a 3D printer would be a good fit for you and your students!  Expect that you will need to have a budget of approx. $700 to $1000 to get started.  That would include the cost of the machine, and a spool of filament.

Here at the RESA we have a RoStock MAX v2 ($1000 for the kit) and a Polar 3D printer ($600.) There…

Google My Maps

You may have noticed that 'Google My Maps' have shown up in your google drive.  I was able to attend a session at MACUL's Googlefest this past month and picked up some great tips from Kelly Kermode, a technology coach for Forest Hills Schools.  
Below is an overview on how to import data into a Google My Map.  Once you have mastered this skill there are numerous practical uses to explore! ______________________________________________________________________________
Here is what the finished map looked like based on the data that I imported.  I was alerted that there were several rows unable to be mapped - I went in and checked for grammar and was able to resolve this issue.  I could also have chosen to place the pins manually by selecting one from above and placing it where I wanted. _________________________________________________________________________

Google My Maps provide a great tool for building geographic awareness.  Students could create a walking tour of thei…

My Challenge to You... Go Make Something!

Having just returned from the MACUL conference, I was struck by the number of educators who don't identify themselves as makers.  A maker by definition is "a person or thing that makes or produces something." (Google) It seems to me that by that definition that all humans are makers.

Perhaps the reason that many of the educators that I met at the MACUL conference don't identify as makers is that they have had the creative spirit educated out of them. This theory is based on an amazing TED Talk by Sir Ken Robinson. (Included below)

To summarize he posits that schools educate students into compliance which defeats the creative ability of kids.  Do you agree with this statement?  In an environment based on standardized testing and high stakes performance is there time to be creative?

The maker movement is catching fire nationwide and I believe it is a direct response to try to counteract the loss of creativity. Students should be empowered to be creative in their daily …