These are my notes from the “Makerspace-in-a-Box” session at the 2016 FETC conference.
- Barbara Liedahl, @bliedahl
- Susan Brown, @subrown4h
- We have always been makers.
- Build your inner-duck. No too are alike!
- If all projects are the same, you have taught your students a recipe. This comes from telling students exactly how many slides to have in their PowerPoint.
- They created a series of boxes. Each one has materials for 1 or 2 challenges. Directions in included in each box, or students can access online with a QR code.
- We used conductive foil that was adhesive on one side so we could tape a circuit onto a piece of paper. Diagrams showed how to create different circuits, such as an LED light that had an on and off switch by folding the paper over two sides of a battery.
- We hooked wires to conductive dough to make a circuit. We were able to power some LED lights and an alarm, but my group was not able to get the spinning motor to work.
- The MaKey Makey kit includes wires and a board with an USB port that can be connected to a computer. The computer adds the USB device as an external keyboard, so that the wires are mapped to keys. I was able to make a simple piano by plugging the wires into some fruit.
- We poked the wires of an LED light through material to a battery to create a simple wearable circuit. Some people used conductive thread to make wearables with an on and off switch.