Wednesday, July 29, 2015

JCHS MakerSpace a Go Go!

The adventure of creating  a MakerSpace in the James Clemens High School library has taken off with a lot of help from my friends!

Once my principal, Dr. Brian Clayton, approached me about bringing a MakerSpace to the JCHS Library this year the first thing I did was crowd source my amazing PLN for ideas and resources.  Some the top contributors that helped me to ultimately build my final list of items to purchase for the start of our MakerSpace includes: Diana Rending,  Nathan Stevens,  Laura Fleming, Tom Kilgore,  Mark Samburg, and Faith Plunkett.  My daughter's boyfriend, Damien Owen, was also a great help to me. I would call, text and email him often as he loves to tinker with electronics, LEGOs and robotics. Damien is actually the first person to tell me about Cubelets so I am very interested to learn more about those when they arrive!

I also immediately pulled up the TL Virtual Cafe website so that I could review the MakerSpace webinar presented by Diana Rending and friends. I also went back and reviewed Wendy Cope's slides from her session I attended at the Georgia Library Media Association Summer Conference.  HERE is a link to my MakerSpace Pinterest Board that I will continue to refer to throughout the year as our MakerSpace is implemented and as it grows.

While researching and crowdsourcing a large list of items was compiled for the proposed MakerSpace, but without sponsorship from Bill Gates or Oprah Winfrey a spending cap had to be met.  Ultimately, this is the final list of items that JCHS will start our library MakerSpace with this school year.

Qty.Item No.DescriptionUnit PriceTotal Price
1Chromakey Green Screen Kit 800w Photo Video Lighting Kit 10x12 feet Green Screen and Backdrop Support System Included Ul15 10x12 Green By Fancier U15 10x12 Green$119.99$119.99
1LEGO Education Wheels Set 4598357$49.95$49.95
1LEGO Education Doors, Windows & Roof Tiles Set 4587438$49.95$49.95
1LEGO Chain Reactions: Design and build amazing moving machines (Klutz S) Spiral-bound – January 13, 2015$14.95$14.95
1The LEGO Ideas Book$14.07$14.07
1LEGO Crazy Action Contraptions$13.17$13.17
1Wonder Workshop Dash & Dot Robot Wonder Pack$279.99$279.99
4Craft E Vinyl - 12" x 24" - 40 Sheets Assorted Matte Colors of Removable Adhesive Backed Vinyl for Cricut Cutters, CraftROBO Cutters, Pazzles Cutters, QuicKutz Cutters - CEV2300$32.99$131.96
5Expressions Vinyl - Black (matte) 5-pack of adhesive vinyl sheets - 12"x24" indoor/removable$14.00$70.00
2Joylabz Makey Makey An Invention for Everyone Science Kit$49.99$99.98
2**Giant Version** I AM Cardboard® 50mm Focal Length Virtual Reality Cardboard Kit - Inspired by Google Cardboard$21.99$43.98
2Google Cardboard Valencia Quality 3d Vr Virtual Reality Glasses New (Natural)$4.55$9.10
143299BBRParrot - Rolling Spider Bluetooth Robot Insect Drone - Blue$99.99$99.99
143792BBRParrot - Replacement Battery for Parrot Sumo and Rolling Spider Drones$19.99$19.99
15003462EV3 Core Set with Software Pack$443.95$443.95
1551617045K'NEX Education: Roller Coaster Physics Building Set$202.99$202.99
1553935141Cricut Explore Air Tools Bundle$269.70$269.70
1CRICUT Cutting Mat Variety 3 Pack - Cutting, Paper, Chipboard, Fabric, Poster Board, Magnet - 12" Length x 12" Width$28.94$28.94
1551380586Cricut StandardGrip 12" x 24" Adhesive Cutting Mats, 2pk$15.92$15.92
1553514161Cricut Explore Medium Point Pen Set, 5-Pack, Color Candy$9.69$9.69
1552307756Cricut Color Metallic Med Point Pen Set$7.37$7.37
10553514206Cricut Vinyl Transfer Tape, 12" x 48"$10.83$108.30
1670-0013Workshop Set$998.75$998.75
1650-0046Light Wire$0.00$0.00
1650-0044Bright LED$0.00$0.00
1650-0032Long LED$0.00$0.00
1KT-MRCKT20Cubelets Twenty Kit$499.95$499.95
2552204352Apple iPad Air 2 16GB Wi-Fi$499.00$998.00
2Minecraft: Pocket Edition$6.99$14
2Internet # 204324077Blink1 Pan-Tilt-Zoom Wi-Fi Camera in Black$169.99$339.98
1BreakOut EDU$99.00$99.00

I am very fortunate that my principal provided me with a nice amount to get this MakerSpace started. If you are like many others around the country who have a much smaller budget, be sure to check out this great post by Gwyneth Jones for starting a MakerSpace for just $350.

After the list was compiled the next task was typing up all of the requisition orders and making sure 
that the companies accepted school purchase orders.  I spent the better part of two hours typing a PO for Amazon only to learn that my school has a spending cap with Amazon. Sigh. That PO had to be scrapped.  Many phone calls, emails, and hours later I finally had all of my requisition orders typed and ready to be turned into our amazing bookkeeper.  Within a day several of the POs had already been ordered and the items are on their way! 

My next task this weekend will be to move the furniture int he library around and completely reimagine the space!

Stay tuned as boxes and students arrive and watch our learning fun!


  1. WOW! How much was all that? What a great shopping list! Thanks for the mention, sweetie!
    And funny, the Go-Go idea - great minds hon!

  2. Thanks for the mention. That is an amazing list! I can't wait to see all the awesomeness your students will make this year :)