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

The Education Alliance would like to welcome you to a new school year and new year of Making. This newsletter was created with purposes of connecting the West Virginia Maker community and expanding Maker Education across the state. Each month you can stay informed on Maker Spaces in the state and the awesome things they are doing. You will also be able to find useful materials such as student opportunities, professional development opportunities, and new innovative ideas to try with your students at school or even at home! The WV Maker Network wants you! Come be a part of a community passionate about moving from consumption to creation; a culture of learning by doing that encourages exploration and experimentation. To view past issues of this newsletter please visit 

Classroom 3D Printing 

3D Printing is a very popular technique used in Maker education. Often, educators find it difficult to incorporate 3D printing into curriculum. RCBI Huntington, one of the Maker sites within the West Virginia Maker Network, has developed three videos to highlight 3D printing in the classroom and to share some tools, tips, and tricks for successful integration into the traditional education setting. Check out these awesome videos! 


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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!

Maker Updates

Grant Opportunities:

  • STEM Classroom Grant - First Energy is offering STEM education grants of up to $1,000 for educators of schools and youth groups in communities served by any of their electric operating companies. This grant will support creative classroom projects within STEM fields that will take place during the 2017-2018 school year. Be sure to apply by the September 22nd deadline.

Student Opportunities & Competitions:

  • KIDVENTOR Toy Challenge - Fat Brain Toys has challenged students to create the next Fat Brain Toy for a chance to win a $2,500 scholarship. $500 in toys, a prize package from Make:, and best of all the possibility of having their invention sold around the world! Click here to Learn more about the rules and timeline. This contest closes October 18th.

  • WV Engineering Challenge Camp - West Virginia University's Statler College will be hosting seven weeks of Engineering Challenge Camps in June, July, and August 2018. There will separate camps for Elementary, Middle, and High school students. Themes for each camp will be posted by October 1 and registration will open March 1, 2018. For questions about camp, please contact Cate Schlobohm at or 304-293-0399.

Educator & Professional Opportunities:

  • Technology Tools Every Educator Needs - From November 6th December 18th, The WV Center for Professional Development is offering an opportunity for educators to explore technology resources that can be used to increase student engagement. This online course has a registration fee of $25 due by October 7th.

  •  Digital Creativity and Collaboration to Enhance Student Projects - From January 8th -  February 19th, The WV Center for Professional Development is offering an online course designed to learn about technology resources that encourage and promote collaboration and creativity in digital student projects. Registration and registration fee ($25) due by January 12, 2018.


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