Starting a School Makerspace

or scroll to the beginning posts of this blog to see how we got started

Creating Future Libraries Conference

Making robots with Hummingbird

Here are some videos of our Hummingbird robots and and

Website for Hummingbird . Resources at

Bought in Australia from Look in pack for adapters for power in Australia.

How to make a lion mask

We do not put the masks together the way that they have shown you on the instructions ( double sided tape or hot glue is all you need).

Explore more at:

The hummingbird CREATE Lab visual program tutorials  link

The Scratch 2.0 Programing tutorials  link

I am currently learning raspberry pi with robotics. Hummingbird robots are also challenging, but MUCH easier than raspberry pi, so Hummingbird might be good stepping stone to more complex robotics, especially for a library makerspace context.

Starting a makerspace with (virtually) no budget

Making without a makerspace

Relative costs

$100 makerspace

Free or Nearly Free Stuff

3D design tools


App inventing and and

Apositive augmented reality app
Augmented Reality: Guiness Book of Records 2014
Augmented Reality apps
Aurasma and Apositive – augmented reality apps and
Balloon powered cars and and
BallStrike augmented reality app from the Windows store
Binary card puzzles and other unplugged activities if no computers more at
Book sculptures
Bridges and and Bridges out of Legos
Cardboard challenges and
Cars: rubber band or soda powered
Catapults and
Christmas trees from Magazines
Code Academy

Coding: Hour of code:, Scratch , Scratch tutorials on ABC Splash!/topic/1228259/coding-and-game-making

CodeCombat Learn python basics while playing a game

Colouring in: do a google search, but some at and


Donations: Lego (hard to get, but worth asking,) unused game consoles e.g. Wii, board games etc
Egg cartons
Finger knitting
Franken toys

Gamelab and

Knitting and crochet – borrow, beg or buy wool and needles or hooks

Kodu free gamemaking app
Lego moviemaker app and Lego stop animation
Marble runs and  and

Milk carton igloos
Op shops, ebay, gumtree, garage sales: jigsaw puzzles, games etc
Paper baskets
Paper plane making

Papercraft   and   and and
Playdough non-cook conductive insulating dough
Pull apart old computer (PC not screens) or other equipment


QR code activities
Roller coaster ski jump
Toca Builders
Rube goldberg free online

Turtle Art


Cheap Stuff
Google cardboards or Google Goggles (kids will need to bring in own smartphones and load the apps: send letter to parents regarding recommended apps. Not all students may have smartphone, but option, if no devices)
Green Screen Video Making (get cheap free wall- even stick green paper on wall and use with Moviemaker 6 or 7 or imovie) and

Low cost for Big Benefit
Makey makey, makey makey go

Free online simulated makerspace learning

Genius hour and
How to make a $100 makerspace

Ideas from ISTE 2015
Free guide: ALA STEM kit
Free guide:
$350 maker space starter kit

Setting up makerspace now is much cheaper than few years ago

Resources to encourage girls to study technology

Will a robot take your jobs?
Youth Unemployment graph page 2
Jobs of the future infographic
Women and choice of technology
Why Covergirl says girls need to code
We Need to Teach Our Kids to be Makers: Marita Cheng at TEDxSydney

Hour of Code, October 11 to 17

October 11 to 17 is Code Week in Europe, so Australia is joining in, as Hour of Code in the USA is from December 7 to 14. Why not do both?

Why do it?
• Because it is fun. How can you resist Angry Birds to learn coding in Scratch?
• Already done some tutorials, then take it to the next level and try different ones!
• Hour of Code 2015 promotion

Why Covergirl says girls need to code

Get started with fun, self-paced, step-by-step learning at:

• Look for the “Sign up” button and sign up (optional), but helps keep track of your progress.
• Click on the white arrow in the purple column to find many more options, or click on the purple dots under each selection bar.

Want more? Try:
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