Mobile Maker Stations where Shop meets STEM
In February 2016, the Colorado Maker Hub team won the DPS Imaginarium Challenge to bring innovation to making. Our idea was to overcome the roadblocks to bringing making to education (lack of access, curriculum, and educator support) with a mobile I.D.E.A. lab that moves from classroom to classroom inside a school, filled with equipment for Invention, Design, Engineering and Arts. In addition, the IdeaLab Go has maker projects and support for educators to leap into hands on making in their classrooms.
IdeaLab Go! is stocked with a wide range of equipment and tools curated from companies such as SparkFun Electronics, Aleph Objects, and more that enable students to develop lifelong skills in:
Creating and testing, failing, re-design and testing again – this kind of hands on learning develops problem solving skills, resilience and the capacity to create, pivot, and finalize a solution – critical 21st century learning and life skills.
While the IdeaLab Go! started as a project for schools and libraries, we are also finding that businesses and other institutions are also finding these mobile innovation stations are just what they need to catalyze creativity with their team members through design challenges and hands-on making. As a result, we have curated five versions of the IdeaLab Go! for every age:
A. Kit Alone – Build and Stock it Yourself
Flat pack with pieces, hardware and instructions to build the IdeaLab Go! plus curated lists of suggested tools/equipment/projects.
Each of the following stations are stocked with age-specific equipment, tools, and curated maker projects/curriculum. The work bench is a sturdy workbench on wheels that can be moved from classroom to classroom, keeping the equipment together so that any classroom can experience the full range of possibilities in which to explore their creativity.
B. Level I – Elementary
C. Level II – Middle School
D. Level III – High School
E. Business Level Innovation Station
Each IdeaLab Go! is wired with power strips and can be fitted with a battery so that power will go everywhere with the cart.
For more information, contact elise (at) comakerhub.org