Last time on Turning the Teen Room into a Makerspace: Week 5 & 6, we played with our new toys and our maintenance staff was assembling the furniture.
Now that you’re caught up:
The furniture is finally assembled and now it time to arrange the room. Here’s how we arranged The Hive:
Since we have an overwhelming demographic of artistic teens, half of the makerspace is dedicated to art. The paintings on the wall were created by our staff member who also teaches our weekly art classes. We will add teen created artwork to the wall. The letters were purchased at Walmart
We have all types of artsy supplies. Supplies include watercolors, all types of pencils/markers, plain/graph/comic paper, and coloring sheets. There’s an art notebook for teens to fill pages. The shelving unit was purchased at Ikea.
There’s a dry erase wall from floor to ceiling. If you are able, I suggest investing in a dry erase wall-teens love it. I’ve seen comic strips and a list of their favorite bands that took up the entire wall. It’s great for passive activities such as polling, listing faves, or program suggestions.
We hung a guitar for teens to remove on their own and play. The guitar hanger and pick holder was purchased on Amazon.
There’s pillows and rugs for teens who like to create/make on the floor. We have clipboards available for use. We will also have a quarterly anthology where teens can submit their short stories, poetry, and artwork. Our Creative Writing Club will organize and assemble the anthology for teens to look through while their in the room.
For the techy side of the room, we mounted three iPads. You are able to restrict adding and removing apps, and getting on the internet. We want to encourage teens to explore apps and not watch videos on Youtube or check in on Facebook so we restricted our iPads. iPad mounts were purchased from Amazon.
The Silhouette pictured is old and our new more awesome cutter will arrive any day now!! When it arrives, it will be housed on this table. I talked about the cutter and the certification in my previous post. See the above link.
Our 3D Printer is the Lulzbot and we purchased the cart on Amazon. Once again, teens will be required to be certified before they may use it. We set up an account through Tinkercad and Projectignite.autodesk.com. You can have teens set up accounts with your email, set up lessons, and track progress. Teens can log on anytime, at the library or at home, take five hours of lessons and then we will teach them how to send their designs to the printer. Once they are certified, they can print on their own.
This shelf contains robotics and maker crafts such as Ozobots, rubber band looms, and Lego Mindstorms.
We have two tables down the center of the room for making. We covered the tables with chalkboard paint. Tables were purchased at Ikea.
We have a book for each piece of equipment we own so that teens can learn on their own during open lab. We also have crafting books in the art corner. The books are reference books and they will stay in the room.
We are trying to stay away from paper flyers because they take up valuable table space. To alleviate this, we have dry erase boards on the walls and a large screen in the front of the room. All digital flyers are created on Canva. Canva is great because you can set your own dimensions to fit any screen. The screen will feature upcoming events, completed projects, and a leaderboard of teens who complete challenges. We have a sign outside the door displaying what’s going on in the room for the week.
FOR THE STAFF
Yay, storage! We kept our TARDIS because it’s a storage shelf that looks like a TARDIS. In it, we keep supplies that need to be replenished and techy equipment that only comes out on special occasions such as the Google Cardboard and the Makey Makeys.
The other cabinet stores our Chromebooks and iPads.
As you can see, we don’t have a lot of decoration on the walls. We have two painted guitars. The teens massacred the strings so we just removed the strings and turned them into wall decor. And the only other thing we have is a clock. We plan to fill the walls with teen created artwork.
We open Tuesday, September 6th and we’re excited for all the new amazing projects our teens will create.
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