You don't need power tools and 3D printers to start a makerspace. Instead, get creative

Where others see trash, I see treasure. Reusing, repurposing, and recycling items that can be found in the kitchen garbage can, on the curb, or collected by friends and families helps educators to save money while protecting the environment.

Today, our library makerspace has developed into a 21st century learning laboratory, with funding from grants and through the generosity of individuals and organizations that support our DonorsChoose projects. But it wasn’t always this way.

In 2013, I began creating a makerspace in our library with only recyclables such...

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  • About the Author:

    Kristina A. Holzweiss is a school library media specialist at Bay Shore Middle School in New York. She has created a Genius Hour program in her library and organized SLIME – Students of Long Island Maker Expo. Kristina moderates a Voxer group for educators interested in makerspaces and Genius Hour, and blogs at