2016 Collaboratory Makerspace

At the 2016 NH Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference, NHSLMA brought the makerspace back to the conference for the second year.  Below you will find resources, inspiration, and materials for the makerspace.

Want to know more? Contact the Makerspace facilitators, Kristin Whitworth, the librarian at Barnstead Elementary School in Barnstead, NH, or Caitlin Bennett, librarian at Londonderry Middle School in Londonderry, NH.

Find the 2015 Makerspace Resources Here


Concurrent Sessions

Makey Makey

Gyroscopic Whirligig

Session Activity: Gyroscopic Whirligig

Unusual Supplies


Session Activity: Bee Bots Website

All Day Activites

Button Maker

Reasons to Make Buttons in Your School
  • Pep Rallies & Big Games
  • Class Officer Elections
  • Literacy Promotion
  • Maker Minutes

Portable Lego Wall

Session Activity: Lego Wall

Marble Roller Coaster

Session Activity: Marble Roller Coaster

Raffle Prizers & Winners

Maker Gadget Prizes

Makey Makeys


Makerspace Activity Book Prizes

Rubber Band Engineer


Beyond NHCMTC16

Supplies Every Makerspace

Should Have

  • Consumables
    • Engineering design worksheets/journals
    • Craft sticks
    • Pipe cleaners
    • Rubber bands
    • String
    • Cups (Different shapes, sizes, materials, colors)
    • Plastic silverware
    • Tissue paper, cardstock, construction paper, cardboard
    • Egg cartons
    • Straws (Different shapes, colors, sizes)
    • Masking tape, glue sticks
    • Paper clips
    • Staples
    • Recycled containers: Produce pint containers, yogurt cups, milk jugs & cartons, coffee cans
  • Non-Consumables
    • Staplers
    • Glue guns
    • Scissors
    • Bins for materials storage
    • Plastic eggs for test runs (if challenges utilize eggs)
    • Army figures, stuffed animals, and other things to be "saved"
    • Pliers
    • Wire cutters

No budget? No problem!

Here are ways that you can get supplies for pennies on the dollar:

1. Recyclables!

  • Set up bins in your makerspace for each type of resource you collect (Cardboard, bottle caps, egg cartons, etc.)
  • Reward students for helping the cause (bookmarks, extra makerspace time)
  • Ask fellow teachers, custodians, and other building personnel to save their recyclables
  • Reach out to local businesses (grocery stores, hardware stores, restaurants) for items you may needFor example, call the local produce department for banana boxes.

2. Find a lesson you like & customize it to what you already have

3. Set a budget for your students for each activity to eliminate wasteful use of materials

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