Creating a Maker Space - Start HERE!

Beginning your own Maker Space can be an overwhelming task. A few of the most important things to consider when setting up your Maker Space are audience, time, space, and standards. Use these resources to learn the basics and beyond of starting your own maker space, also answer any questions you may have along the way. To join our monthly WV Maker e-newsletter mailing list please click here


Maker Spotlight

George Washington High School (GWHS) has been planning on creating a MakerSpace for over a year and it has finally come together. The teachers of GWHS have jumped into the school year by creating lesson plans around the Makerspace and its equipment. Currently the science department will do 3D modeling and scaling, math will use the Laser Cutter to teach the math in Pinewood Derby racing. The Business department will create school GWHS gear to sell to sustain the Makerspace. And finally, the Physical Education Department will be using the space to set up a hydroponics garden to teach students about plants and farming. As you can see GWHS Makespace is off to a great start and keeping students engaged in STEM. 


RCBI's Annual Festival

The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) and a group of statewide partners will present the West Virginia Makes Festival - a celebration of ingenuity and creativity to inspire artists, inventors, hackers, makers and students of all ages - on Friday, October 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Huntington on Marshall University's Memorial Student Center Plaza. Educators and teachers are encouraged to bring their students so they can engage with makers and entrepreneurs. Buses and vans will have a special parking area after they drop off their passengers at the 5th Avenue entrance to the Student Center.

The annual Design Challenge will provide makers the opportunity to demonstrate new ideas and skills, and will reward their original inspirations. Hobbyists, engineers, inventors, enthusiasts, artists and students of all ages who enter the Design Challenge are eligible for one of several prizes. Entrepreneurs are invited to join us 6 p.m. at RCBI Huntington (1050 Fourth Avenue) to pitch fresh business ideas or products to a panel of industry experts and experienced professionals who will offer evaluations and reviews. For more information or to register, please call 304.781.1675 or visit


Innovative Ideas

  • Create a micro ecosystem, in a jar, to demonstrate the ecological cycles that keep us alive. This easy, fun project requires a majority of materials found outdoors, making it extremely cost effective. Click here to learn more!
  • Today, there are many techniques in which one may make an image three-dimensional. Holograms are one of the ways this may be achieved. Use your smartphone to create precise three-dimensional images that reflect lifelike holograms. Click here to learn more about holograms and other innovations through making!
  • Stay cool this summer with an inexpensive DIY battery powered air conditioner based on Willis Carrier's 1902 model. Learn about vapor compression vs. water evaporation while completing this moderately difficult project. Click here for more information on how to create your own air conditioning system. 
  • Xometry's engineering team created a free production guide to aid Makers in choosing the best materials and processes for projects. Learn about a variety of innovative manufacturing processes and materials available, from 3D Printing to CNC Machining. Click here to download your copy!
  • Did you know that you can use your Makey Makey kit to create an unconventional piano that utilizes fruit as the keys? Click here to learn how to make music using bananas!
  • How to balance reusable/non consumable activities with make and task. Many of the activities in Makerspaces tend to be based around reusable and non-consumable supplies. But project made with reusable material don't always get displayed. To balance things out, and save try to find projects and activities that you can add to your Makerspace that use affordable materials that students can take home. Click here to learn how to save your non consumable products.

Maker Updates

Grant Opportunities:

Student Opportunities & Competitions:

  • Design Challenge Grant-The Industry-based Design Challenge project matchs West Virginia companies with some of tomorrow's brightest young minds to engage in hands-on improvement projects to solve real world projects. Applications due November 15, 2017. Click here to download the application. 

Educator & Professional Opportunities:

  • CryptoClub-The WV Statewide After School Network is offering two day train-the-trainer workshop for CryptoClub on October 7 and November 4 in Charleston or Huntington. Click here to register by September 29, 2017. 

  • West Virginia Science Public Outreach Team-WV Science Public Outreach Team can provides  your K-12 School with a college role model  to talk about science that's happening right here in West Virginia.  Click here to fill out an online request

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