Despite all the press makerspaces receive, not all are successful. Oftentimes when schools create makerspaces, excitement builds for the first few weeks as students create and explore. But as time passes, students lose interest, and the makerspaces languish silently, gathering dust. The tools that filled those makerspaces — big and small, expensive and reused, high-tech and no tech — waste away, a constant reminder that the schools’ investment was all for nothing.
Plus step 0, PLAN! Each community is different, so while you can visit and view other makerspaces, you’ll need to make yours compatible with your community.