Makerspaces are an awesome way to engage students in hands-on learning through making. Students love the practical experience of creating and problem-solving that goes into making. Plus, there is now clear evidence that makerspaces can be highly effective at developing children’s creativity, critical thinking, Design Thinking and digital skills. Makerspace will only be as good as the planning and implementation that sits behind it. Great classroom teachers are the key to getting students thinking and making in Makerspaces.
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Set aside dedicated space or room that all students at your school can access and work on their maker projects. Remember that this room will be full of noise and discussion!

Flexible working area

Provide areas where students can work comfortably on their own or in teams. Movable furniture is a great addition to a Makerspace. Creating dedicated ‘hot desks’ where students can work with tools and discussion areas with whiteboards and post-it notes to facilitate design thinking are excellent additions to any Makerspace.


It is important that students have easy to access electrical power points so they can plug in their laptops, tablets, or other making tools. Extension cords are an option but remember that too many can create a safety hazard.

Rubbish and recycle bins

Making can be a messy process! As students work through the design process they will be continually reiterating their designs so have some big open mouth bins handy. This is a great opportunity to discuss waste and recycling with your students as well, so you can make sure you have responsible makers!

The right tools

Think about what you want students to be able to do in the MakerSpace and the tools they will need for this to happen. Will your students need hammer and nails, wood, cardboard, glue, screwdrivers, 3D printers, computers, etc.? Having the right tools available to your students is key. Explore what tools you want your students to have access to.


A Makerspace has the potential to become a very messy and cluttered space. Adequate storage with clear labels is important. Plus, storage should be accessible to the students, so they can reach what they need without having to ask for help. Students also need a clear space to work so any non-essential items like school bags etc should be placed neatly away from the working spaces.

First aid kit

Every space at a school should have a first aid kit, and the Makerspace is no different. Minor injuries are sometimes a part of the making process, and its always good to be prepared.