ISTE 2017: MackinMaker Is Your One Stop Shop For Everything Maker Space, For Education
The maker space movement is taking over schools everywhere. Maker spaces are at the core of all STEAM initiatives and drive the creativity in student across the globe. The idea of taking a project from start to finish, right in the classroom, is the best that a hands on education can offer. But a Maker space goes well beyond just a handful of 3D printers and other equipment. To make a maker space come to life, there’s MackinMaker.
If you’ve been living under a rock and aren’t sure what a maker space is, move the rock just a little bit and we’ll explain. A maker space can be a hack shop, hack space, hacker space, Fab lab or other creative space. A maker space is a physical location where students come together to collaborate and make projects out of a variety of things. It could be 3D printing a robot or a pair of sunglasses. It could be making a remote control car or even building something unique out of bricks (Legos). Whatever that maker space is, the next thing you’re going to want to know is what to put in it, and what to do with it.
That’s where MackinMaker comes in. They have the largest collection of maker resources in the world. They have thousands of books, products and parts to turn a maker space into something incredible. Their collection of books covers everything from step by step guides to setting up a maker space, to complex projects that will have high school seniors reeling with excitement.
They also have tens of thousands of items that are used in maker spaces. From 3D printers and filament to gears, motors and soldering irons, if it belongs in a maker space, you’ll find it at MackinMaker. Don’t worry you won’t get lost. MackinMaker offers hundreds of kits, customized for grade levels so that you can buy starter kits and jump right into making. All of the MackinMaker product pages also offer book suggestions on what to do with all of the wonderful things you’re getting for your maker space.
The grades 3-5 kit page includes circuit kits, robotics kits, solar power kits, and coding kits from brand names that we’re all familiar with like Little Bits, Makey Makey, Elenco and even Play Doh. Then, at the bottom of the page there’s a collection of books, most of them, how to get started and project guides for what’s in the kit.
What Mackin has done with MackinMaker is created a place for teachers, parents and technology directors to go, that takes the guess work out of getting started, saving plenty of time and money in the process.
““A Makerspace is a unique learning environment that encourages tinkering, play, and open-ended exploration for all.”Laura Fleming, Library Media Specialist, Author and Educational Consultant said on MackinMaker’s website.
If your school has or is planning a maker space, the first place to stop is MackinMaker. You can check them out, and all their cool toys at ISTE 2017 in San Antonio, June 25th-28th, booth #1852 and online at mackinmaker.com