How to Plan your School Makerspace From Scratch

Starting a maker lab sounds fun for sure, but when ideas start coming in from all directions, you may find yourself asking “Where do I even begin?”.

This easy-to-use template will walk you through steps to:

✔️ Identify all the important areas you need to cover when starting a maker lab

✔️ Narrow down your ideas based on certain parameters

✔️ Lay the groundwork for a makerspace plan that’s tailored to your school’s needs

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After guiding over 6000 students at our own makerlab, we understand what works.

The BitSpace team created a makerlab that is beyond our wildest expectations. They anticipated elements we would never have foreseen. Today our lab is by far the most sought after space in the building.
Katie Lechowski

Technology Teacher, Chicago

About BitSpace

We're a team of architects, artists, designers & engineers turned maker educators.

We share your passion for unlocking creativity which is why we give educators our all-out support in terms of creating more hands-on learning opportunities for students. And we do this through our makerspace and by developing maker-centered programs that teachers can bring to their schools.

Bringing You 6+ Years of Maker Education Expertise

Kevin Smith

Our architect (who is also BitSpace's VP and Creative Director) is in the trenches of maker education EVERY DAY, leading and designing programs with students at BitSpace's innovation lab.

He's one of the most experienced makerspace experts in Chicago having built nearly 15 of these in the city — for both private schools like Chicago Lab and public schools like Lakeview High School.

Samantha Gleisten

Sam, our Director of Learner Experience Design, supports teachers through training and Professional Development in the field of maker education.

She's an Unsung Heroes awardee, recognized by Voya for her work on implementing a problem solving curriculum in the classroom and is currently Head Teacher at Rogers Park Elementary in Chicago.