2017 Collaboratory Makerspace

At the 2017 NH Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference, NHSLMA brings the makerspace back to the conference for the third 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

Find the 2016 Makerspace Resources Here

Maker Activities

Deconstruction Station

Session Activity: Take apart old tech gadgets!


Session Activity: Robots battle to victory

Red Solo Cup Knitting Machine

Alternative Ideas

These ideas were provided from some of this year's makerspace attendees!

Friendship Bracelet: Toilet Paper Tube

Friendship Bracelet: Cardboard Circle 

3D Snowflakes

Session Activity: Make an awesome snowflake in three dimensions!

Alternative Ideas

These ideas were provided from some of this year's makerspace attendees!

Paper Cardboard Tree

Upcycled Art Journals

Session Activity: Upcycle Old Books

Save Snoopy or Ninja Bunny!

Pumpkin Elevators

Sew An Earbud Case

Global Cardboard Challenge

Session Activity: Give them cardboard; watch them build!

Triangular Building Blocks


Collaboration Activities

Button Maker

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

Stick Together

Raffle Prizers & Winners

Beyond NHCMTC17

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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