2019 Collaboratory Makerspace

At the 2019 NH Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference, NHSLMA brought the makerspace back to the conference for the fifth 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

Find the 2018 Makerspace Resources Here

Maker Activities

Lego Challenge Binders

Linda Smart,  Horne Street Elementary School 

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Abstract Sphero Painting

Todd Matte and Jason Tetu, Lebanon High School

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Plant Cell Circuit Board

Jo Williams, Kingswood Middle School

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

Sam Dixon, Bow High School

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Golf Tee Peg Board Creativity

Kim Landies, Hillside Middle School

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Paper Things and Pillowcases

Diane Connors,  Hampstead Middle School

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Cardboard Loom

Sarah Arsenault, Iber Holmes Gove Middle School

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UFOs in New Hampshire

Erin Mawn, Northwood Elementary School

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Knit a Hat with a Round Loom

Kim Icovitti, Exeter High School

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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 NHCMTC19

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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