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Setting up a Maker Room

Hello Makers, Teachers and Students - I have the opportunity to set up a Maker Room at my school. I was hoping to get some advice from the Instructables community on best practices. What equipment is most useful? What is the best use of space? Where should I start? Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated! 

The photo is my "before" picture. I hope to have a great "after" picture when I am done.

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FoolishSage4 years ago
I ran across this document about starting makerspaces in highschools:
http://makerspacedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/makerspace-hs-toolsmaterials.pdf

hope it helps
albertsbeth (author)  FoolishSage4 years ago
Wow. That's a great resource. Thanks!!
The prices are of course just an estimate but the laser cutter seems to be a massive chunk of the budget. The list divided by activity type and level. They also mention the amount of students it is for so you might be able to scale it to your needs and get a rough estimate of how much it will cost to set up. Notice however that some costs listed are one-off costs while others are for consumables and will require restocking.

albertsbeth (author)  FoolishSage4 years ago
The laser cutter is definitely out of the budget but a lot of the other things are affordable. I guess I have to decide how to best spend limited funds. I am also pretty good at scrounging and borrowing so I'll be relying on that as well.
Kiteman4 years ago
In no particular order...

Racks and drawers for folk to store their projects and materials.

Soldering irons, hot glue guns, rotary tools.

Clamps and vices.

Hand tools - hand drills, tenon saws, coping saws, files etc.

Hand power tools - drills, sanders, jigsaws

Bench power tools - drill-press, mitre saw, grinder, disc sander, buffer,

At the very minimum, you need a set of clear benches and a welcoming, sharing atmosphere.
First you need a room about that size :-)
albertsbeth (author)  Goodhart4 years ago
got it!
Yesh, I wish I did :-)
me2, come see me at http://learntrainlive.com.au
albertsbeth (author)  Kiteman4 years ago
Thanks for the list - it is exactly what I was looking for!
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