Research Before The Proposal

While you can read the excerpt below about all the resources that were consulted in the construction of the Makerspace plans, the most important book/resource to read cover to cover is Invent to Learn by Sylvia Martinez & Gary Stager, Ph.D., as this book provides everything necessary to think about and consider while constructing your own Makerspace.

Excerpt from

All of this work has come together after a lot of reading, listening, and observing. Here’s what I’ve done so far and what I plan to do before opening the first space:

    Make Space by Scott Doorley & Scott Witthoft
    Invent To Learn by Sylvia Martinez & Gary Stager, Ph.D.
    Makerspace Playbook: School Edition by
    Young Makers Maker Club Playbook by
    The Maker Movement Manifesto by Mark Hatch
    Creating Innovators by Tony Wagner

    Don Orth & Christa Flores – Hillbrook School’s iLab
    Heather Allen Pang, Angi Chau, and Diego Fonstad – Castilleja School’s Bourn Idea Lab
    Nate Rinaker & David Malpica – Bullis Charter School
    Aaron Vanderwerff – Lighthouse Community Charter School
    Christine Mytko – Black Pine Circle School
    Amy Shelley & Katie Kinnaman - Garner Bullis School

I’ve also talked to or hope to talk to the Maker Education Initiative, RAFT (Resource Area For Teaching), TechShop Menlo Park, Watsonville Science Workshop,, FabLab@School, d.School at Stanford, The Tech Museum, Recology, Menlo School, and as many other teachers/makers/companies/schools/organizations as possible.

Original Proposal 

Ravenswood Makerspace Collaborative Proposal


Ravenswood students will have exposure to a variety of STEM opportunities to support developing his/her passion before entering high school. Middle school and upper elementary students will have the chance to deepen their competencies with advanced STEM opportunities.


Provide at least three (3) lunchtime and/or after school introductory STEM opportunities for students at all sites, housed within a Makerspace, or design lab, on campus. These opportunities will include:

  • Programming/Coding
  • Engineering/Robotics
  • Design Thinking

Extended STEM opportunities in all three areas will allow students whose interests were sparked in the introductory STEM opportunities to develop further competencies.


Expose at least 700 students to programming/coding, robotics, and design thinking per year. Engage 60-120 students per year in extended STEM opportunities.


2013-2014: Build Makerspace and create pilot introductory and extended STEM opportunities at Los Robles Magnet Academy, supporting students from Los Robles, Cesar Chavez and Green Oaks.

2014-2015: Full introductory and extended STEM opportunities across all school sites.


Non-Consumables & one-time purchases

Includes all furniture, storage, wall fixtures/paint, and tools.


Includes twenty (20) Chromebooks, ten (10) Lego WeDo robotics kits, two (2) Lego Mindstorms robotics kits, and three (3) littleBits electronics kits. The specific technology purchased may vary as technology develops.


Includes all items that need to be replenished from time to time, including materials, cleaning supplies, paper, and printer toner.


For 2013-2014, the upkeep of the Makerspace and all courses would be led by the STEM Coordinator.

Beginning 2014-2015, Ravenswood City School DIstrict would look to partner with the Maker Education Initiative to bring Maker Corps Members to support at each Makerspace, along with volunteers from local companies and the community. These partnerships would bring the cost below the estimates outlined in the following budgets.          

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Supplemental Information

Volunteer Opportunities

The Ravenswood Makerspace Collaborative is open to volunteers at all commitment levels.

One-time projects:

·       Support with building the Makerspace (paint, assembling whiteboards, mounting lamps)

·       Critique and celebrate projects at the end of a 2-week period

·       Give a short talk about how making/STEM led to where the person is today

·       Any day after school, 10-15 mins talk, 10-15 min Q&A, 60 min individual and group support (if available)

Short-term projects:

·       Mentor a team of 5 students w/in a field (coding, robotics, and making/design thinking) through a 2-week project after school – 2+ days a week for 2 weeks

·       Lead a 2-week elective – 4 days a week for 2 weeks (consistent attendance)

Long-term projects:

·       Mentor a student across multiple STEM fields after school (once a week or every two weeks)

·       Lead a lunchtime club (once or twice a week) for 30 minutes throughout an entire quarter or month


The Makerspace is a classroom or portable room converted into a flexible space for STEM courses and clubs to meet.

Included in the Makerspace:

·       Stacking stools and milk crate seats for 40 people

·       Lightweight mobile tables (hollow door and sawhorses) for 6 groups

·       6 mobile whiteboards

·       20 Chromebooks with locking charging cabinet

·       6 Lego WeDo kits

·       Projector, projection screen, and speaker set

·       Laser printer

·       3-D Printer

·       Toolkit including soldering irons, sewing machine, hot glue guns

·       Interactive wall space (Whiteboard, Lego, Green Screen walls)

·       Mounted lamps and speakers

·       Wireless access

Non-Consumable / One-Time (non-tech) Needs per Makerspace

·       40 milk crates

·       40 wood scraps, fabric, and foam for milk crate cushions

·       40 stacking stools (Ikea)

·       6 hollow/lightweight doors

·       12 stacking or folding sawhorses

·       2 Jumbo Utility Carts (Container Store)

·       12 showerboards (approx. 2’ x 4’)

·       6 foamboards (1/2” thick, approx. 2’ x 4’)

·       6 garment “Z” racks ( - 6’ Tall double-rail Z-rack with 4’-long base)

·       Locking cabinet for technology storage

·       Rear-Projection Screen

·       Rolling storage cabinets

·       Sheer curtains

·       Trash/Recycle cans

·       Wall lamps (Ikea or Target)

·       200 sq. ft matte green paint

·       200 sq. ft IdeaPaint

·       200 sq ft matte black paint

·       200 sq ft matte purple paint

·       Broom & dust pan

·       Legos

·       Rulers

·       Hot glue guns

·       Aprons

·       Heavy-duty staple gun

·       Fabric scissors

·       Re-sealable containers (like Tupperware)

·       Soldering irons

·       Single-hole punch

·       X-acto blades

·       Solder sucker

·       Pencil sharpener

·       Woodworking tools (screwdrivers, hammers)

Technology One-Time Needs per Makerspace

·       20 Chromebooks

·       6 Lego WeDo kits

·       3 Lego Mindstorms kits

·       3 littleBits kits

·       Surge protectors with long cables

·       20 Headphones

·       Digital Camera(s)

·       SD cards

·       Tripod

·       Printer stand

·       Color (or B&W) Laser printer

·       Arduino kits

·       3-D Printer

·       Wireless speakers

·       Wired speakers

·       Bright LCD Projector

·       Belkin WeMo switch

·       Phillips Hue lights

·       Previously used iPads, Kindles, Macs

Consumable Needs per Makerspace

·       Dry-erase markers & erasers

·       Paper towels

·       Windex/surface cleaner

·       Pencils

·       Markers (Sharpie or Mr Sketch)

·       Hot glue sticks

·       First-aid kit

·       Duct tape (varieties/colors)

·       Blue painters tape

·       Popsicle sticks

·       Toothpicks

·       Rubberbands

·       Thumbtacks

·       Zip ties

·       String

·       Laser Printer toner

·       Printing paper

·       Plastic filament for 3-D Printer

·       Scotch tape

·       Labels

·       Binder clips

·       Sticky notes

·       Other “design” materials such as foil, construction paper, nails, screws, etc.

Visual Plans

  Makerspace Floor Plan (2-D above) (3-D below)

Teaser Video

Teaser Presentation