Lesson 3: Plan It, Make It
Designing your makerspace is the heart of your Blueprint. Draft the design, identify the right tools, and plan how you will construct your makerspace.
- Quick Tips on Designing Your Makerspace presented by Maker Ed: Considerations for planning and designing your makerspace
- CAD Software presented by Autodesk: CAD software for both beginners and more experienced users
For Students & Educators
- Maker Ed, Makerspace Playbook, Ch. 2, “Places”, Ch. 4, “Safety”, Ch. 5, “Roles”
- Maker Ed, Maker Ed Resource Library, “Program & Planning Management”
- Educause, Learning Spaces, Ch. 10, “Human-Centered Design Guidelines”
- Learning Space Toolkit
- Fast Company, “4 Lessons The Classroom Can Learn From The Design Studio”
- Design your makerspace: Discuss the physical features of your space. Incorporate existing equipment and work areas, consider the flow of traffic, and ways to create a safe environment. Consider how you could make your space accessible for a person with disabilities.
- Floor plan: Outline your current space in computer-aided design (CAD) software to determine your constraints. Where are the doors, windows, and outlets?
- Build plan: How will you build out your makerspace? Map out your timeline and identify who will be involved in putting together key elements.
- AutoCAD Software
- Tools, Equipment, and Makerspace Safety
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