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Design and Launch a Makerspace Suitable for Little Hands

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Participate and share : Poster

Wednesday, June 26, 8:00–10:00 am
Location: Posters: Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 11

Analucia Tejada  
Learn how to design and launch a makerspace for early learners. Learn about space design, materials and safety precautions. Leave with ideas to implement immediately along with free online resources.

Audience: Teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Maker activities and programs
Grade level: PK-2
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
For Educators:
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
  • Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

1. Brief introduction about presenter and background (challenges faced).
2. Description of the PTD framework (developed by Bers in 2012) and how each of its aspects correlate to the ISTE standards for students.
3. Exposition of materials suggested for a makerspace on a budget
4. Depiction of a makerspace layout following the PTD framework
5. Explanation of age considerations and needs in a makerspace
6. Q&A

Supporting research

Bers, M. U., Strawhacker, A., & Vizner, M. (2018). The design of early childhood makerspaces to support positive technological development. Library Hi Tech, 36(1), 75-96. doi:10.1108/LHT-06-2017-0112

Calderón, M. (2018). Makerspace in Preschool-It’s Not Just for Big Kids!. Retrieved from:

Inspire, Learn, Drive, Thrive. Idea Book. (2017). Retrieved from: (2014). Makerspace Playbook School Edition. Retrieved from:

Marsh, J., Kumpulainen, K., Nisha, B., Velicu, A., Blum-Ross, A., Hyatt, D., Jónsdóttir, ... Thorsteinsson, G. (2017) Makerspaces in the Early Years: A Literature Review. University of Sheffield: MakEY Project. Retrived from:

NSW Department of Education. Makerspace | Curriculum. Retrieved from:

Wohlwend, K. E., Peppler, K. A., Keune, A., & Thompson, N. (2017). Making sense and nonsense: Comparing mediated discourse and agential realist approaches to materiality in a preschool makerspace. Journal Of Early Childhood Literacy, 17(3), 444-462. doi:10.1177/14687984177120661

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Analucia Tejada, Colegio Interamericano/Univ. del Valle

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