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

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Maker Spotlight: Kalyn Obiozor STEM VISTA Leader 

Last Fall John Marshall High School opened West Virginia's first FabLab. This hands-on digital fabrication laboratory provides students with a collaborative workspace where they can create innovative products using tools and materials such as: 3-D printers, laser cutters, design software and ShopBot CNC routers.

With the help of Chevron, John Marshall High School learned about the FabLab network and connected with other schools. The high school's new FabLab is part of the AppalachiaPartnership Initiative's (API) efforts to generate more STEM education opportunities for K-12 students in the region. John Marshall High School's goal is to continue to bridge the world of science and humanities to create positive social and community change and preparing students for the workforce.

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Tool Review: New 3D Printer

Ultimaker 3  recently created a new 3D Printer, this printer is  said to work out of the box and the dual extrudes are excellent.The ability to print dissolvable filament makes cleaning the supports off your print make much easier. The Ultimaker 3 is a dual extrusion printer, which means it can print with two different materials. Other qualities of the Ultimaker 3 are: complete design freedom, reliable dual extrusion with water-soluble support, high uptime and fast changeovers with swappable print cores and cohesive 3D printing ecosystem and connectivity.

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Innovative Ideas

  • Magnetic Suction Ding dong! This investigation shows how your doorbell works. Click here for more information.
  • Cup speaker- Make a speaker that turns changing electric current into sound. Click here for more information.
  • Interactive Christmas Tree is made by using Makey Makey, some LED lights and original sounds that are played through Pure data. Click here for more information.                                                   
  • A pinball machine made with the amazing cardboard Pinbox3000 Makey Makey kit,  Click here for more information. 
  • 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.
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Maker Updates

Grant Opportunities:

  • West Virginia Promise-The Alliance for Youth: AmeriCorps VISTA Project is providing applications to non-profit organizations/schools/state agencies to gain Summer Associate (SA) VISTA(s) resource to provide the Five Promises to children and youth. If you are interested please complete this application and email to Pam Dugan by Friday, March 9, 2018.

  • AmeriCorps State Formula Funding: Volunteer West Virginia announces an opportunity for program funding via AmeriCorps State Formula grants to Learn more click here.

  • NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium: The West Virginia Space Grant Consortium (WVSGC) K-12 Professional and Curriculum Development Program 2018-2019 Application can be found here

  • West Virginia Humanities Council: The council is accepting applications for: Major grants, which are awarded for projects requesting up to $20,000; Fellowships of $2,500, which are awarded annually for scholarly research projects; and Minigrants, which are awarded for projects requesting $1,500 or less. For more information, click here

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