One conclusion I've come to since talking to numerous people about their makerspaces is that no two makerspaces are alike. In my opinion, the most daunting part about schools and teachers taking on the implementation of a makerspace in a school is that there does not seem to be a clear cut definition of what one looks like or consists of.
Makerspace Materials. Some of the makerspaces I have seen include mass amounts of technology, some include just scrapbooking materials and crafting supplies, some include power tools... Some of the makerspace areas seemed complete and several seemed like their collection of supplies was growing.
MakerSPACE. In addition, the spaces in which these maker spaces exist can depend on the school, library, or facility. Several I went to don't even have a space! One makerspace included mobile technology that teachers can check out or use around the school. Here are a couple photos of examples I've seen:
The more I look into the process of implementing a makerspace into our library, the more I realize that the school defines the purpose of the makerspace. My school needs to decide what they want out of that space. Is it a place to play? Is it a place to complete challenges and problem solve? Is it an area that teachers can check out interesting technology? Is it an area that students come to on their free time? There are so many possibilities!