Needs Assessment Guide

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The Maker Movement is propelling school communities into a true 21st Century culture where learners of all ages are encouraged to come together to create, tinker, discover, invent, learn, fail forward, engineer, deconstruct, build, remix, and more. Students as early as pre-K to those ready to cross the stage for their diplomas are learning to code, use micro-controllers, build circuits, create prototypes, and so much more. Ultimately learners are taking their ideas all the way to tangible products.

No two Makerspaces are alike as these environments are as unique as the learners they serve. A Makerspace is never done. It is an ongoing, living pursuit that reflects the ever-changing culture and life of the school.

The process of empowering a Maker mindset in your community begins with asking WHY and creating a mission statement for your Makerspace. The more an educator knows about his or her school, students, and community, the more clearly these goals will take shape. MackinMaker is here to partner with you to design, create, implement, and revise your environment to fashion a space where students, teachers and community can come together for innovation.

Help us assist you by answering the following Needs Assessment questions. Do the best you can. We understand that this is a process and your answers are likely to change and evolve throughout the journey.

1. Please describe your school community. Consider demographics of your students, existing curricula, programs, and offerings. If your school or grade levels have themes (i.e. STEM, Arts and Technology, Environmental Sciences) describe those as well.
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2. Why are you embarking on this Maker Movement with and for your school community? What is your current vision for a Makerspace in your learning community?
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3. How are you including your students as stakeholders in the design and implementation of your Makerspace? If you haven’t yet, what is your plan to include their creative interests in your design?
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4. How are you including your administration, faculty and staff as stakeholders in the design and implementation of your Makerspace?
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5. How are you including your parents, community members, and school board as stakeholders in the design and implementation of your Makerspace?
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6. Where might your Makerspace be located?
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7. What size do you envision your Makerspace?
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8. Often, schools will develop themes within their Makerspace. According to maker expert Laura Fleming, “A theme is NOT a rule, a restriction, or a ceiling.Themes can be driven by school wide themes, student interests, 21st century skills, and more. They are not driven by product or materials." Examples include, but are not limited to:
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9. Creating a Makerspace is an ongoing endeavor which will take time. Describe your timeline and what you believe might be the phases of implementation for your Makerspace?
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10. Describe your Makerspace budget. How will your budget be allocated (i.e. remodeling, furniture, maker products, materials, texts, content, professional learning, etc.)? If applicable, how will you raise funds to further support your Makerspace? Your answer
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11. Do you plan to tie your Makerspace to current curriculum and standards? How will you open up your Makerspace for use by all students across all content areas? Are you considering opening your Makerspace for parent and community use?
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12. Creating a Maker Culture in your school can be kick-started by professional learning. Do you have a current plan? Do you want one?
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Thank you for taking the time to reflect and organize your thoughts around your Makerspace. The experts at Mackin Educational Resources will examine your responses and contact you with recommendations regarding potential next steps.