2022 Collaboratory Makerspace

At the 2022 NH Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference, NHSLMA brought the makerspace back to the conference with some old favorites and a few new ideas.  Below you will find resources, inspiration, and materials for the makerspace.

Want to know more? Contact the Makerspace facilitators: 

Tod Guilford, librarian at Haverhill Cooperative Middle School

Nicole Anderson, librarian at Ossipee Central School 

Kristin Whitworth, the librarian at Dover High School 

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.

Paper Clip Bookmarks

Nicole Anderson, Ossipee Central School

Storybook Character Parachutes

Tod Guilford, Haverhill Cooperative Middle School

Building Triangles

Julie Odato, Franklin Elementary School

(a favorite from 2017)


Lego Challenge Binders

Linda Smart, Horne Street School

(a favorite from 2019)


Perler Beads

Mary Saunders, Hampton Academy Junior High

Session Activity: Learn about this drop in activity that is relaxing for students and that is easy to facilitate.


Sew an Earbud Case

Diane Connors, Hampstead Central School

(a favorite from 2017)

Geodesic Paper Circle Balls

Sue McNally, Milford High School & Applied Technology Center

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


Upcycled Origami

Kristin Whitworth, Dover High School

Blackout Poetry

Kristin Whitworth, Dover High School

Collaboration Activities

Button Maker

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

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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