Design Lab -- Maker Space -- STEAM Room
Whatever you call it, libraries, schools, warehouses and commercial spaces are pooping up everywhere. Here's what I've learned from making these creative spaces for kids and adults, including the products that make it come to life.
A sewing machine is the other rapid prototyping tool that never goes out of style. I've used this simple sewing machine for years and it's never let me down. It's also easy to teach others how to use!
No matter how big or small your maker space is, a 3D printer allows for rapid prototyping and design.I have two of these MakerBot Replicators, but one is more than enough. You'll also need a lot of filament in different colors. I suggest buying the 10-pack and replacing colors when they run out.
TinkerCAD, Beetle Blocks or Thingiverse are all great ways to make something to print on the 3D printer.
A peg board is a great way to store scissors, fabric, yarn, screw drivers, duck tape, etc without taking up floor space. I've made the mistake of buying the cheaper wooden pegboards and students end up breaking the holes pulling things off the wall, a metal peg board is the way to go.
I lined a whole wall with these storage containers. They don't take up much room and they allow for everything to be displayed so students (and teachers) don't have to ask "where is..." quite so much. You can also remove the bins easily and take them to your work station.
To fill these bins, I go to places like RAFT or Scrap to buy bulk items. Donations are also great, but make sure you get enough quantity to justify the effort - a small bag of loose buttons aren't going to cut it.
Ozobots are light sensor, programmable robots. Students 3rd - 5th grade LOVE them and you can use them again and again for different projects or objectives. Teach programming, use as "people" in city models, or just make maps for them to follow. I got two dozen for the lab and used this USB multi-port to power them.