For the last 20 years, Laura Fleming has been a classroom teacher and media specialist. She’s also an adjunct professor, the founder of Worlds of Making, LLC, and Hands-On Coding, LLC, and the best-selling author of Worlds of Learning: Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace for Your School as well as The Kickstart Guide to Making Great Makerspaces.
Her library makerspace has received national attention and served as an inspiration for schools across the country and her blog, Worlds of Learning, has been recognized as one of the top K-12 IT blogs.
Each year, Worlds of Making releases an annual top 10 makerspace items list. Below, we’ve included some of the winners from the 2015, 2016, and 2017 lists (in alphabetical order).
You can nominate your makerspace favorites for this year here! The list will be released on December 31.
[Some of] Laura Fleming’s favorite makerspace items from 2015, 2016, and 2017
Design & Drill Brightworks
Light up creativity with the flip of a switch! Budding designers can follow one of 12 included patterns or create their own glow-in-the-dark creations. Just insert one of the translucent bolts, use the real working, kid-friendly power drill to drill it in, and watch as your dynamic creation glows from the inside! Just like a real drill, it can go in reverse and has multiple drill bits.
Sprout is a revolutionary all-in-one computer and 3D scanner that makes it easy to go from thought to expression in an instant. By blurring the line between physical and digital, Sprout lets you bring your creativity to life. Sprout’s all-touch user interface lets you control your content directly with your hands on either the 23″ full HD touchscreen or the projected display on the 20-point Touch Mat.
HUE Animation Studio
HUE Animation Studio fosters creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking, enabling students to plan and create their own learning experience. The complete stop motion animation kit includes the HUE HD camera, the HUE Book of Animation (written for students), and HUE Animation software. Contains everything students need to create their own stop motion animation videos. This wonderful kit encourages creativity and imagination.