Last year MISD secondary librarians studied the book Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering and Engineering in the Classroom with an eye towards implementing some maker space activities. The main thing we learned during this study was that makerspaces are not to be a free for all, create what you want type of space. The best use of a maker space is to give students a problem to solve or some parameters to follow when creating with the supplies. This makes the area a purposeful extension of learning and critical thinking that is a powerful motivator for kids.
This week on the TCEA blog there was a great article about how to start a makerspace that is no tech, low tech or high tech. Take a look and think about how you could incorporate some activities that will increase motivation, engagement, critical thinking and problem solving into your library program.