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The Kickstart Guide to Making GREAT Makerspaces

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About the Author Acknowledgments Introduction Part 1. The Seven Attributes of a GREAT Makerspace Part 2. Making GREAT Makerspaces Part 3. No Cookie-Cutter Makerspaces Allowed! Part 4. Get the Most Bang for Your Buck! Part 5. Creating the Conditions to Inspire! Part 6. Assessing Creativity Without Squashing It! Index


"If we are going to prepare tomorrow's problem solvers and innovators, we must empower them to design and create today. In this book, best-selling author Laura Fleming has done it again! This hands-on guide moves readers from brainstorming and planning, to selecting resources, and ultimately to the needed concrete steps to designing the makerspaces today's modern learners need! This dynamic guide will undoubtedly serve as a centerpiece for your authentic learning toolkit." -- Thomas C. Murray, Director of Innovation "Fleming's book offers a clear, student centered, and step-by-step approach for all educators eager to implement "Making" in their classrooms or schools. It brings practical information and her experiences to ensure a successful outcome!" -- Lynne Schrum, PhD, Professor "In the worlds of makerspaces, nobody speaks with a more credible voice than Laura Fleming. In her highly anticipated second book, Laura lays out a clear blueprint for those who wish to create a makerspace, and she provides countless inspiring examples that beautifully illustrate what a thriving makerspace looks like in action! A must-have!" -- Ross Cooper, Supervisor of Instructional Practice K-12 "'Making' is a powerful way to engage students and observe their learning process with the product as evidence. Creating space for that to happen is 'making space' for our 21st century learners." -- Jill Berkowicz, Author, Adjunct Professor, Consultant "There are makerspaces and then there are GREAT makerspaces. Laura Fleming, a makerspace pioneer, has written another must-read for anyone wanting to create a great makerspace for their school community. Read this book - and learn from one of the best. Anyone involved in the development of makerspaces will treasure this text because it takes readers on an interactive journey through the process of planning and creating a GREAT makerspace. Look no further than this book." -- Eric Sheninger, Senior Fellow "This book is an AMAZING hands-on tool for planning and implementing a culture of making in schools. Fleming provides direction, support, and inspiration for educators starting their journey into making!" -- Jacie Maslyk, Assistant Superintendent "The ideas for makerspaces that are presented in this proposal are easy to follow and could be implemented in some cases, with little prep. This is a bonus!" -- Susan E. Schipper, Elementary Educator

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