3 Tips for Gearing up to Go Virtual

As we prepare to send kids back home, 1st Maker Space has targeted kits prepared with student learning at home in mind. This time is challenging for teachers, parents, and students alike, and it is tempting to skip the STEM and hands-on experiences in favor of the “essentials” in this time of crisis. Our team has created three targeted solutions for at-home and small group learning for schools and community centers.

1. Our team has made it easy to send pre-packaged kits home with a line of specialized kits designed for STEM and Making at-home. All of our kits come with a lesson plan aligned to the Indiana Academic Standards. These are ideal to send in lunches, ship directly to homes, or pick up with other classroom packets.

2. Looking for curriculum that is focused on hands-on experiences and also has an online component? Our Elementary Maker Curriculum has a Canvas-based Learning Management Solution to accompany the thirty-one lesson plans based on the Indiana Academic Standards and routed in Maker Education. We developed the latest version in March when our team knew the face of education was changing and students would be either working in a virtual, hybrid, or socially distanced environment. Learn more here. 

3. Staying completely virtual and do not have the budget for additional experiences this year? Consider a virtual makerspace. Many of the resources found in a makerspace have a simulator tool that can be shared with students in a virtual makerspace environment and incorporated in your online classroom. We will be having a professional development on creating a Virtual Makerspace on Friday, November 27th. You can register here.

From our office to your home, we are here to support your learners and makerspace. #INthistogether


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