10. STE(A)M and Makercarts
‘A Makerspace is a creative Do-It-Yourself space that provides hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to dream, design, build, experiment, learn and invent as they immerse themselves in science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM). ‘
It does not to be high tech. For many libraries and schools a 3D printer is a luxury. Or not even missed. And they have a fine $100 to $1000 makerspaces .
Like in makerspacesaustralia.weebly.com/portable-makerspace.html said:
‘Construct a Maker Kit for students of all ages by simply filling a large plastic container with equipment that will stimulate their creativity and provide what they need to become Makers.’
– scissors and paper, sewing and craft supplies
– colouring pencils, cardboard, crayons
– scrapbooking supplies, duct tape
– pliers,glue (hot or stick)
– string/wire, batteries,
– electronic supplies including Makey Makey, Arduino and Lego
– Robotic kits
– computers, printers and scanner
– a laminator
All these elementary things could be put on a trolley or a cart on wheels that you roll out into a classroom or the library.
There is an instructable for such a makercart.
fablabs making makercarts
It would be nice to design a more generic Makercart that holds a full miniFabLab. There is research on that. Any fablab with a shopbot could then produce a swarm of Makercarts that could go anywhere in the school or out in the field. They could be wheeled out of a Makertrailer, Makervan or a Makerbus to provide more people with experience.
I proposed the hub approach in at FabLab1.5 Moscow when I presented the $10K fablab.
A mobile fablab could act like a hub, a mothership for the Makercarts.
Making hubs mobile add to their virtue !
August 2016 IKEA will release the SLADDA bike trailer. We have hopes this can be a platform for an URBAN MAKERCART.
Price will be SKR 2495, around € 260. UPDATE: trailer came in. € 169 and we made the cart as a proof of concept. See here.
Now we are on to the serious stuff: the MAKERKAR, a library makercart that can pass through any 70+ cms door.