Starting a makerspace with (virtually) no budget

Making without a makerspace http://www.ifla.org/files/assets/public-libraries/publications/allan_thomsen_volhoj_henriette_dybdal.pdf

Relative costs http://plconnect.slq.qld.gov.au/resources/literacy/digital-literacy/coding-and-robotics-platforms/explore-further-platforms

$100 makerspace https://dhmakerbus.com/2014/10/07/how-to-make-a-100-makerspace-for-your-library/

Free or Nearly Free Stuff

3D design tools http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/07/23/time-to-start-making-free-design-programs-for-3d-printers/

Animation http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-Lego-stop-motion-construction-movie/

App inventing http://appinventor.mit.edu and http://www.appinventor.org and http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/make-your-own-android-app-your-unofficial-intro-to-mit-app-inventor/

Apps http://gettingsmart.com/2014/02/theres-maker-fair-pad-10-ways-create-student-makers-apps/
Apositive https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/apositive/id726061315?mt=8 augmented reality app
Augmented Reality: Guiness Book of Records 2014 http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/seeit3d/
Augmented Reality apps https://www.smore.com/g2acm-augmented-reality http://www.emergingedtech.com/2015/11/augmented-reality-apps-teaching-learning-classroom/ https://www.iste.org/explore/articleDetail?articleid=289&category=Toolbox&article= https://www.iste.org/explore/articleDetail?articleid=496
Aurasma and Apositive – augmented reality apps https://prezi.com/wd4iz9dhiuak/aurasma-for-the-classroom/ and https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/apositive/id726061315?mt=8
Balloon powered cars http://www.instructables.com/id/Balloon-Powered-Car/ and http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/balloon-powered-race-car/ and http://makeitatyourlibrary.org/play/make-your-own-4-wheel-balloon-car#.VholHPmqpBc
BallStrike augmented reality app from the Windows store https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/apps/ballstrike/9wzdncrdcr6q
Binary card puzzles and other unplugged activities if no computers http://www.hsc.csu.edu.au/sdd/options/inter/4320/Magic_binary_cards.pdf more at http://csunplugged.org/
Book sculptures http://library.riverview.nsw.edu.au/booksculptures
Bookmarks http://makeitatyourlibrary.org/play/corner-bookmarks#.Vhok0PmqpBc
Bridges https://www.pinterest.com/pin/14707136260206076/ and http://www.sciencedays.org/lessons/marshmallowlesson.pdf and Bridges out of Legos http://frugalfun4boys.com/2013/02/14/lego-fun-friday-bridge-building-challenge/
Cardboard challenges https://engagetheirminds.wordpress.com/2015/03/10/makerspace-essentials-cardboard/ and https://engagetheirminds.wordpress.com/2015/03/10/makerspace-essentials-cardboard/
Cars: rubber band http://makeitatyourlibrary.org/play/easy-rubberband-car#.VhorNfmqpBc or soda powered http://www.thescientificmom.com/2014/03/nick-and-teslas-robo-kitty-dog.html
Catapults http://renovatedlearning.com/2015/02/04/the-stewartlamar-catapult-challenge/ and http://makeitatyourlibrary.org/play/easiest-mini-catapult-ever#.VhokbvmqpBc
Christmas trees from Magazines http://www.rd.com/home/decorating/crafty-christmas-tree-out-of-readers-digest-magazines-photos/
Code Academy https://www.codecademy.com

Coding: Hour of code: https://code.org/learn, Scratch https://scratch.mit.edu/ , Scratch tutorials on ABC Splash http://splash.abc.net.au/home#!/topic/1228259/coding-and-game-making

CodeCombat https://codecombat.com/ Learn python basics while playing a game

Colouring in: do a google search, but some at http://busyteacher.org/teaching_ideas_and_techniques/coloring-pages-to-print/ and http://www.aurora.edu/student-life/campus-services/wellness/toolbox/stress-relief/meditative-coloring.html#.Vhm-O_mqpBc

Cups http://www.busykidshappymom.org/100-cup-challenge/

Donations: Lego (hard to get, but worth asking,) unused game consoles e.g. Wii, board games etc
Egg cartons http://inhabitat.com/giant-eggo-home-made-out-of-hundreds-of-recycled-egg-cartons/
Finger knitting http://www.rookiemag.com/2013/11/marlena-scarf-diy/
Franken toys http://www.likeagoodbook.com/franken-toys.html

Gamelab http://www.kodugamelab.com and https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/download/details.aspx?id=10056

Gamemaker https://www.yoyogames.com/studio
Knitting and crochet – borrow, beg or buy wool and needles or hooks

Kodu free gamemaking app http://www.kodugamelab.com/
Lantern http://makezine.com/projects/wind-triggered-lantern/
Lego moviemaker app https://www.yoyogames.com/studio and Lego stop animation http://www.teenlibrariantoolbox.com/2014/10/app-review-lego-makerspace-fun-giffer-using-legos-to-tell-stories-and-learn-how-to-make-gifs/
Marble runs http://makeitatyourlibrary.org/workshop-play/marble-machines-board#.VholOvmqpBc and http://makerjawn.org/blog/2015/09/19/learning-environments/  and http://jchild.edublogs.org/2015/04/02/fun-with-marble-runs/

Milk carton igloos http://earthwiseharmony.com/KIDS/EH-Fun-With-Recycling-Make-a-Milk-Bottle-Igloo.html
Newspapers http://innerchildfun.com/2011/11/10-inspiring-things-to-make-with-newspaper.html
Op shops, ebay, gumtree, garage sales: jigsaw puzzles, games etc
Origami http://www.origami-instructions.com/origami-for-kids.html
Paper baskets http://makeitatyourlibrary.org/living/recycled-paper-baskets-0#.VholBfmqpBc
Paper plane making http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/collection/hold-paper-airplane-contest

Papercraft http://www.papercraftsquare.com/   and http://paperminecraft.com/block.html   and http://www.papercraftsquare.com/guardians-galaxy-mini-papercrafts-free-download.html and http://www.creativecloseup.com/100-exceptional-free-paper-models-and-toys
Playdough non-cook http://makeitatyourlibrary.org/play/silky-stretchy-conditioner-cornstarch-play-dough#.VholYvmqpBc conductive http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-conductive-play-dough/ insulating dough http://courseweb.stthomas.edu/apthomas/SquishyCircuits/insulatingDough.htm
Pull apart old computer (PC not screens) or other equipment http://www.edutopia.org/blog/dissecting-un-makerspace-recycled-learning

Puzzles http://librarygrits.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/puzzling-skill-development.html

QR code activities http://learninginhand.com/blog/2014/9/24/qr-codes
Rocket http://www.thescientificmom.com/2014/03/nick-and-teslas-robo-kitty-dog.html
Roller coaster ski jump http://npass2.edc.org/sites/npass2.edc.org/files/Balls%20and%20Tracks%20Sample_0.pdf
Toca Builders http://www.geekswithjuniors.com/blog/2013/6/20/minecraft-for-kids-toca-builders.html
Rube goldberg free online http://fantasticcontraption.com/ http://www.manchestergate.net/rube-goldberg-interactives.html http://www.manchestergate.net/rube-goldberg-interactives.html http://www.engineering.com/GamesPuzzles/DynamicSystems.aspx

Tower http://tinkerlab.com/spaghetti-tower-marshmallow-challenge/
Turtle Art http://turtleart.org/

Unplugged http://csunplugged.org/

Cheap Stuff
Google cardboards https://www.google.com/get/cardboard/ or Google Goggles https://www.bandt.com.au/marketing/qut-launches-virtual-reality-experience-for-uni-students (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) https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KWQuOu-4Ce4 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVp-Tmib9_w&app=desktop

Low cost for Big Benefit
Makey makey, makey makey go http://makeymakey.com/

Free online simulated makerspace learning
http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/12/36-online-games-kids-can-play-to-learn.html?m=1
http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2012/01/animated-guide-to-electric-circuits.html#.VhnLc_mqpBd

Ideas
Genius hour https://engagetheirminds.wordpress.com/2013/07/15/genius-hour-challenge-cards-for-levels-1-and-2/ and https://engagetheirminds.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/genius-hour-challenge-cards-for-levels-3-5/
How to make a $100 makerspace http://dhmakerbus.com/2014/10/07/how-to-make-a-100-makerspace-for-your-library/

Ideas from ISTE 2015 http://www.slj.com/2015/07/technology/iste-2015-takeaway-tips-for-a-library-maker-space-iste-2015/#_
Free guide: ALA STEM kit http://www.ala.org/yalsa/sites/ala.org.yalsa/files/content/STEMtoolkit_Final_2013.docx#id.yke6nh7a15y2
Free guide: http://makered.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Makerspace-Playbook-Feb-2013.pdf
$350 maker space starter kit http://www.thedaringlibrarian.com/2015/06/makerspace-starter-kit.html

Setting up makerspace now is much cheaper than few years ago https://karenblumberg.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/fascinating-differences-in-cost-to-outfit-a-makerspace-in-just-the-last-3-years-jaymesdec-makered/

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