MakerSpace Related Items

In the Fall of 2013, I created a MakerSpace at the Yorktown High School Library. I started small, with some Legos and white board tables, and from there, it has grown! The space had a variety of materials, including items to explore circuitry, Micro-computing, robotics, 3D printers, board games, crafting and so much more. I partnered with teachers and clubs to utilize the space for class projects, open making and to create experiences that are beneficial to club participants. In our first year we saw so much growth in student participation and engagement.

Below is a collection of some presentations, articles, blog posts and other items I have created or been a part of that deal with Making and Makerspaces.

Presentations

Mersand, S. & McNair, S. (2020, January). Makerspace Best Practices and Edison Workshop. Workshop created and presented for QUESTAR III BOCES, Castleton-on-Hudson, NY.

Mersand, S. & McNair, S. (2019, November). Makerspace as a transdisciplinary approach to learning. Workshop created and presented for Guilderland Central School District, Guilderland, NY.

Mersand, S. (2019). Makerspaces as an Avenue for Computer Science Talent Development. Presentation made at the 2019 New York Conference on Women in Computing. April 11-12th, Lake George, NY.

Mersand, S. (2019). Makerspaces in PK-12 School Libraries: A Preliminary Analysis. Presentation made at the 2019 New York Conference on Women in Computing. April 11-12th, Lake George, NY.

Mersand, S. (2019). Makerspaces in PK-12 School Libraries: A Preliminary Empirical Analysis. Presentation made at the 2019 American Educational Research Association: Leveraging Education in a ”Post-Truth” Era: Multimodal Narratives to Democratize Evidence. April 5th – 9th, Toronto, Canada.

Mersand, S. (2019, March). Makerspaces in PreK-12 School Libraries: A preliminary analysis. Presented at New Trends in Information Research Conference, Albany, NY.

Mersand, S. & McNair, S. (2019, January). Robots in the Library. Workshop created and presented for Southern Westchester BOCES, Tarrytown, NY.

Mersand, S. & McNair, S. (2018, November). STEM Challenges in the curriculum. Workshop created and presented for Orange Ulster BOCES, Goshen, NY.

Mersand, S. & McNair, S. (2018, September). Edison Workshop. Workshop created and presented for School Library Media Specialists of Southeastern New York and Orange Ulster BOCES, Goshen, NY.

Mersand, S. & McNair, S. (2018, June). MakerSpace Boot Camp. Conference created and presented for School Library Media Specialists of Southeastern New York, Goshen, NY.

Mersand, S. (2018, April). Why Make Space? Presented at Joint SLS Conference, Harrison, NY.

Mersand, S. (2018, March). The state of makerspace research in school libraries. Presented at New Trends in Information Research Conference, Albany, NY.

Mersand, S. & McNair, S. (2017, October). Playground: Makerspace Product Roundup. Playground presented at Tech & Learning Live, Princeton, NJ.

Mersand, S. & McNair, S. (2017, September). Makerspaces and the Curriculum: Best Practices to Transform Learning. Webinar created and presented for Follett Learning Community. Recording available at https://www.follettcommunity.com/p/bl/et/blogid=1&blogaid=452

Mersand, S. & McNair, S. (2017, June). MakerSpace Boot Camp. Conference created and presented for School Library Media Specialists of Southeastern New York, Poughkeepsie, NY.

Mersand, S. & McNair, S. (2017, May). Challenge Accepted. Workshop presented at New York Library Association - SSL Conference, Buffalo, NY.

Mersand, S. & McNair, S. (2017, April). MakerSpace. Playground presented at Educational Technology for Lifelong Learning (ET4ALL) Conference, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY.

Mersand, S. & McNair, S. (2017, March). Challenge Accepted. Workshop presented at NYSCATE Mid Hudson Valley Conference, Wappingers Falls, NY.

Mersand, S. & McNair, S. (2017, March). MakerSpace and STEAM Playground. Playground presented at NYSCATE Mid Hudson Valley Conference, Wappingers Falls, NY.

Mersand, S. & McNair, S. (2016, October). Playground: Makerspace Product Roundup. Playground presented at Tech & Learning Live, Princeton, NJ.

Mersand, S. & McNair, S. (2016, July). ReThinking Your Library Space. Presented at SouthEastern New York Library Resources Council, New Paltz, NY.

Mersand, S. & McNair, S. (2016, July). MakerSpace Introduction. Presented at SouthEastern New York Library Resources Council, New Paltz, NY.

Mersand, S. & McNair, S. (2016, July). MakerSpace Boot Camp. Conference created and presented for School Library Media Specialists of Southeastern New York, Ellenville, NY.

Mersand, S. & McNair, S. (2016, May) ReThinking Library Spaces. Workshop presented at New York Library Association - SSL Conference, Albany, NY.

Mersand, S. & McNair, S. (2016, March). MakerSpace and STEAM Playground. Playground presented at NYSCATE Mid Hudson Valley Conference, Wappingers Falls, NY.

Mersand, S. (2016, February) MakerSpace Petting Zoo. Workshop presented at University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY.

Mersand, S. & McNair, S. (2015, October). Playground: Want to Be A Maker? Playground presented at Tech & Learning Live, Tarrytown, NY.

Mersand, S. & McNair, S. (2015, July). ReThinking Your Library Space. Workshop presented at Dutchess County Boces School Library Systems, Poughkeepsie, NY.

Mersand, S. & McNair, S. (2015, May). ReThinking Learning Spaces. Presented at New York Library Association - SSL Conference, Tarrytown, NY.

Mersand, S. & McNair, S. (2015, March). ReThinking Learning Spaces. Presented at NYSCATE Mid Hudson Valley Conference Wappingers Falls, NY.

Mersand, S. (2014, October). ReThinking Learning Spaces. Panelist at TechForum NY, Tarrytown, NY.

Publications

Mersand, S. (2021, March). The State of Makerspace Research: a Review of the Literature. TechTrends, 65(2), 174–186. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11528-020-00566-5

Mersand, S. (2019, April). Makerspaces in PK-12 School Libraries: A Preliminary Empirical Analysis. Poster/paper presentation made at the 2019 American Educational Research Association: Leveraging Education in a ”Post-Truth” Era: Multimodal Narratives to Democratize Evidence. April 5th – 9th, Toronto, Canada.

Mersand, S. (2020, February 1). Top 3D Pens for the Classroom. Tech & Learning, https://www.techlearning.com/buying-guides/top-3d-pens-for-the-classroom

Mersand, S. (2020, February 1). Best 3D Classroom Printers. Tech & Learning, https://www.techlearning.com/resources/3d-printer-guide

Mersand, S. (2020, February 1). 3D Printing in Action: Creating Real-World 3D Printing Products. Tech & Learning, https://www.techlearning.com/how-to/3d-printing-in-action

Mersand, S. (2020, February 12). 3D Printing in Action: University at Albany. Tech & Learning University, https://www.techlearninguniversity.com/how-to/3d-printing-in-action-university-at-albany

Mersand, S. (2019, December 1). The Best Hour of Code Resources for 2019. Tech & Learning, https://www.techlearning.com/buying-guides/whats-new-for-hour-of-code-2019

Mersand, S. (2018). Development of a makerspace module: Research Study Report. [Unpublished Manuscript] Albany, NY.

Mersand, S. (2018, November 1). Participate in the Hour of Code with these Great Products. Tech & Learning, 39(4).

Mersand, S. and McNair, S. (2018, July 1). Makerspace Tools Product Roundup 2018. Tech & Learning, 38(10).

Mersand, S. (2018, March 1). 3D Printing for Learning. Tech & Learning, 38(7) 34-36.

Mersand, S. (2017, November 1). Products Perfect for the Hour of Code. Tech & Learning, 38(4) 40-41.

Mersand, S. (2017, September 1). What’s New in 3D Printing. Tech & Learning, 38(2) 42-43.

Mersand, S. and McNair, S. (2017, June/July). Makerspace Tools Product Roundup. Tech & Learning, 37(10), 42-45.

Mersand, S. (2017, February 1) Makerbot Replicator Mini+. Tech & Learning, 37(6), 18.

Mersand, S. (2016, October 1) Make believe: 3D printer round up. Tech & Learning, 37(3), 28-30.

Mersand, S. and McNair, S. (2016, June 21) Makerspace Tools Product Roundup. Tech & Learning Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.techlearning.com/resources/0003/makerspace-tools-product-roundup/70092

Mersand, S. (2016, March 5) Frequently Asked Questions about Makerspaces. University of Wisconsin - Stout. Retrieved from https://www2.uwstout.edu/content/profdev/maker/maker_faq.html

Mersand, S. (2016, January 28) Autodesk Design Academy. Tech & Learning Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.techlearning.com/resources/0003/autodesk-design-academy/69893

Mersand, S. (2015, September 25) Sprout allows for easy 3d prototyping. Tech & Learning Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.techlearning.com/resources/0003/sprout-allows-for-easy-3d-prototyping/69626

Mersand, S. (2015, September 25) 3D Printer Guide. Tech & Learning Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.techlearning.com/resources/0003/3d-printer-guide/69643

Mersand, S. (2015, September) What is the Maker Movement? University of Wisconsin - Stout School of Education, Health, Hospitality and Human Services Newsletter. Retrieved from http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/resources/maker.cfm

Mersand, S. (2014, Sept 8) Cut to the Core: Tech Solutions for Common Core - The Maker Movement, Technology and the Common Core. Retrieved from https://engage.intel.com/community/teachersengage/blog/2014/09/05/cut-to-the-core-tech-solutions-for-common-core-the-maker-movement-technology-and-the-common-core

Mersand, S. (2014, Dec 5) Cut to the Core: Tech Solutions for Common Core - Hour of Code and the Common Core. Retrieved from https://engage.intel.com/community/teachersengage/blog/2014/12/05/cut-to-the-core-tech-solutions-for-common-core-hour-of-code-and-the-common-core

Graduate Course

EDUC 660 Teaching for Creativity and Innovation: The Maker Culture and Maker Spaces

What You Will Learn

How can you build a Makerspace in your school, library or classroom? How can you guide students through design challenges, and explore fixed stations versus workshops? Unleash your creativity with innovative tools and maker project ideas that support learning.

Description: Learn evidence-based instructional strategies and how to use tools (physical or virtual) to support building models, prototypes, inventions and innovations and encourage creative problem solving and team collaboration across a wide range of subject matters and all grade levels. Applications of learning theory and assessment strategies will be employed to create K-12 interdisciplinary inquiry-based maker experiences.

Who should enroll?

Designed for PreK-12 educators, school library media specialists, teacher-librarians, classroom teachers, STEM educators, tech integration teachers, and educational technology teachers who want to create “making” environments in traditional classrooms and school library/media centers and focus on teaching K-12 students the basics of design through hands-on, learning by doing. The course is designed for participants to collaborate and co-create knowledge with opportunities to create a making experience.