2018 Collaboratory Makerspace

At the 2018 NH Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference, NHSLMA brought the makerspace back to the conference for the fourth 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 Dover High School and Career Technical Center in Dover, NH, or Tod Guilford, librarian at Bluff Elementary School in Claremont, NH.

Find the 2015 Makerspace Resources Here

Find the 2016 Makerspace Resources Here

Find the 2017 Makerspace Resources Here

Maker Activities

Using the Cricut Die-Cutting Machine and the Makerbot 3D Printer

Sam Dixon, Bow High School

Session Activity: Stop by and see how you can use a Cricut to make temporary labels, permanent bumper stickers, paper projects, t-shirts and more. We'll also have the 3D printer churning out a project or two from Bow High School's 3D printing club.

World Flags Garland

Julie Odato, Franklin Elementary School

Session Activity: Students at Franklin Elementary School enjoy this collaborative art project in which they create a flag to represent one of the 195 countries around the world. Join us at the Collaboratory Makerspace and make a flag to represent your school or district. How long can we make this garland stretch?!

Document 1, Document 2

Upcycled Art Journals

Erin Mawn, Northwood Elementary School

Session Activity: Erin’s Blog

Lock Box Wall

Michelle Marino (librarian) & Michele Bohlman (library assistant), Harold Martin School

Session Activity: We created a lockbox wall in the Breakout EDU style for my 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders to work on in our library makerspace. They love Breakout EDU so much but that is a whole class activity. With the lockbox wall they can come in during their makerspace time and try to solve the puzzles to get the codes to open the boxes on the walls - all self-directed. A great idea from the Future Ready Librarians Facebook group!



Puzzle Research Challenges

Andrew LaFlame, Winnisquam Regional Middle School

Session Activity: Puzzle Research Challenges

Nuts & Bolts Math

Betsy Damon, Hallsville Elementary School

Session Activity: Students create objects by joining various hardware pieces and then record them on math formula sheets.


Sew a Card

Diane Connors, Hampstead Central School

Session Activity: Students use embroidery floss and cardstock to create a custom-made card, around Mother's Day, Graduation, etc… Take a kit to try it yourself!


Geodesic Paper Circle Balls

Sue McNally, Milford High School & Applied Technology Center

Session Activity: Turn paper circles into a 3D ball.  


Cardboard Tube Characters

Sarah Arsenault, Iber Holmes Gove Middle School

Session Activity: Students will design their own character out of cardboard tubes and other supplies and then write a short story about their character creation (designed for 5th grade).



Jo Williams, Kingswood Regional Middle School

Session Activity: Learn how to make no-sew t-shirt bags and try branch weaving with TARN!

Collaboration Activities

Button Maker

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

Stick Together

Beyond NHCMTC18

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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