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: by Elkins-Randolph County Public Library  

Elkins-Randolph County Public Library MakerSpace has a new program at the library for middle school students to take their STEM knowledge out of the classroom and into the community. Students will build, design and create structures and models using Legos, cardboard, and robotics.The makerspace will give the kids a creative space to meet outside of school and work with others in the community.

STEM-focused classes in the makerspace are every other Monday at the library, following school; students must be registered before attending. Please visit Elkins-Randolph County Public Library online to register or call (304) 637-0287.

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Tool Review: LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 31313 Robot Kit for Kids

This kit consists of LEGO-based bricks, a programmable EV3 "brick" that serves as the brain, four sensors, a handful of motors, and loads more pieces. The EV3 brick includes a built-in display showing the wireless connection, battery level, what the robot is currently doing, and more. Overall, you can build 17 different robotic designs, such as a slithering snake (R3ptar), a walking dinosaur (Dinor3x), a shooting scorpion (Spik3r), and a humanoid robot (Ev3rstorm).

By default, each design comes with its own unique features and programmed behaviors. They can also be steered using the included remote control. However, users can program their creation using the LEGO Mindstorms Ev3 software for PC, and download their commands to the robot using a USB cable, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi. The software provides five programming "missions" to get kids started using icon-based programming blocks that are strung together. LEGO provides a programming app for mobile devices too.

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Innovative Ideas

  • Bee Hummer Make a stick, rubber band, and index card sound like a swarm of bees. Click here for more information.
  • 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 on 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:

  • Travel Grants: The NASA WV EPSCoR Committee will provide support to researchers at WV colleges and universities to travel to NASA field centers or NASA headquarters.for more information click here

  • 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

Student Opportunities:

  • Academic Year Fellowships: Academic Year Fellowship is an opportunity for students to develop STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related projects in collaboration with faculty and/or other students during the academic year.  Deadline to apply for Fall 2018-Spring 2019 Fellowships:  May 15, 2018,

  • Summer Internships at High-Tech Companies in West Virginia: Internships are available for students in STEM fields in West Virginia. Providing hands-on experience, career awareness, networking, and opportunities to create work that informs and educates. Deadline to apply for Summer 2018 Internship is March 31, 2018, by 5:00 pm. Click here for the application

Educator & Professional Opportunities:

  • Community/Technical College-Based Course Development: Community and Technical College Systems (CTCS) faculty members will develop new and innovative courses at the institutions of higher education and those courses will be delivered to CTCS students during the subsequent years click here to apply.

  • WVU Community Leadership Academy 2018: The Community Leadership Academy is an annual training to help emerging and established leaders identify and build on their community's assets by taking advantage of development issues in West Virginia and surrounding regions. Online registration is open for the 2018 Community Leadership Academy.

  • 3D Printing Workshop for Educators Workshop: Digital Harbor Foundation's 3D Printing Workshop for Educator Workshop walks through how educators can begin teaching 3D printing in their learning environments. In the 3 day course, we will cover 3D Printing hardware, software, and how DHF teaches 3D printing, and it includes a 3D printer and starter kit. DHF will host their next workshop April 19-21st. Register today!

  • WVU Community Leadership Academy 2018: The Community Leadership Academy is an Annual training to help emerging and established leaders identify and build on their community's assets by taking advantage of development issues in West Virginia and surrounding regions. Online registration is open for the 2018 Community Leadership Academy.