I have spoken and written at length about the importance of properly planning your makerspace.
What makes this process unique is that it offers a thematic approach to planning and creating a makerspace. After deciding upon the themes you want to advance in your makerspace, and procuring the necessary equipment, materials and supplies to support each theme, attention can be given then to designing the physical aspects of your makerspace. A good place to start this process is to think about your school's mission statement and vision and then think through how your makerspace can be seen as a physical representation of that strategy.
Your makerspace can be a physical representation of your school's mission statement.
My school's makerspace is a physical manifestation of our school's mission statement.
In tandem with that strategy, I recommend developing a vision statement for your makerspace. Your vision should be:
A succinct statement about what your makerspace is trying to achieve to help third parties such as parents, administrators, fellow staff members, community members or the students to better understand your space.
A memorable and inspirational summary that describes the reason for your makerspace existing – one that will help to motivate students and even continue to attract others to the space.
Here is the vision statement for my makerspace at New Milford High School:
Here is another great example of a makerspace vision statement. This one was developed by educator, Kathi Kersznowski.
It is my recommendation too that you consider writing this vision in kid-friendly words and display it in your makerspace. I think this is yet another way that we, as architects of our makerspace, can create the conditions to inspire our learners to want to make. We can see a fantastic example of that in Kevin Jarrett's space at Northfield Community Middle School:
And another wonderful example in Krissy Venosdale's inspiring space:
Here are some tips I can offer for developing a Vision Statement for your makerspace:
Vision statement should be short – two or three sentences at an absolute maximum. (It’s fine to expand on your vision statement with more detail, but you need a version that is punchy and stands out)
Statement should be specific to your makerspace and describe a unique outcome that only you can provide. Generic vision statements that could apply to any makerspace won’t cut it
Keep it simple enough for educators and community members to understand.
It should be ambitious enough to be exciting but not too ambitious that it seems unachievable.
Have a vision statement for your makerspace? Please add it to our Padlet! The makerspace community will benefit and grow from reading what you have developed.