The Ultimate Makerspace Starts With Curiosity

LEGO Education. Curiosity Builds

Making something is an iterative process. You start with a prototype and refine it until you arrive at the best solution. The LEGO brick, with its simple and intuitive building system is the perfect prototyping tool. You take a handful of bricks and start building. If it doesn’t work, you simply modify and retest.

A Continuum of Making and Learning

LEGO Education Maker is a continuum of activities centered around the iconic LEGO brick and inspired by the open-ended, playful creativity of Maker. LEGO Education Maker includes rapid prototyping tools for all ages that apply hands-on, often cooperative learning experiences to solve real-world problems.

LEGO Education Maker empowers every pupul to follow their curiosity wherever it leads them, in a safe, inspiring, and instantly accessible environment. Acting as facilitators, educators give pupils the freedom and the means to invent, letting them create amazing, unexpected solutions to everyday challenges. If pupils can imagine it, they can make it.

LEGO Education Maker activities include stimulating challenges for every pupils at every education level, from Preschool through Primary and Middle School. As well as developing pupils’ team working, critical thinking, creative problem solving and communication skills, LEGO Education Maker activities incorporate easy-to-code motors and sensors to develop essential 21st century skills.

Maker Lessons | Ages 3+
Simple Machines
Maker Lessons | Ages 7+
WeDo 2.0
Maker Lessons | Ages 7+
Simple and Powered Machines
Maker Lessons | Ages 8+
Maker Lessons | Ages 10+

5 Steps to Making a Great Makerspace

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1. You can make a makerspace anywhere.

You don’t need a designated makerspace to lead a maker project. Making can happen anywhere! Many schools are opening makerspaces in classrooms, libraries, and STEM education labs, but you can teach maker education anywhere with a simple collection of materials on a classroom shelf, or even create a mobile makerspace in a cart or on a LEGO baseplate.

2. Mix up your media.

Your pupils may have big ideas for their maker projects that extend beyond your LEGO brick assortment. Makers often use mixed media to create rapid prototypes, so we recommend providing your pupils with a modest assortment of maker resources, including: 

  • Paper and cardboard 
  • Buttons 
  • Fabric and fibers 
  • Recycled and reusable objects 
  • Photos 
  • Objects from nature 
  • Pencils, crayons and markers 

Including mixed media allows pupils to unleash their imagination, and develop their creative design skills and understanding of aesthetics. You could also consider providing a ‘materials library’ of arts and crafts materials that you already have in your classroom. Tape, glue, adhesives and clay can damage LEGO bricks. We therefore recommend encouraging your pupils to be creative when combining LEGO bricks and mixed media, for example by using rubber bands, pipe cleaners, wire, paper clips and brass fasteners

3. Get inspired.

To help you deliver inspiring Maker projects and curriculum content, we have created a range of LEGO Education Maker Lesson Plans for Preschool, Primary and Secondary. You can also reuse many of the problem-solving activities and open projects in your existing LEGO Education curriculum content, as their focus on the design process makes them the ideal inspiration for your Maker activities. Of course, the inspiration doesn’t stop there. Are your pupils studying community? Why not design a new transportation system, building, or bridge? Does a character in a book they are reading face a challenge? Your pupils could design something to solve it! Studying Mars? Try designing a new colony, habitat or exploration rover. You could even ask your pupils what they want to make. The opportunities are endless.

4. Start simple to help build creative confidence.

Maker projects are all about working through a design and creative problem-solving process. Cultivate a mindset that pupils will have opportunities to make mistakes and to try again. Reassure them that mistakes often lead to new discoveries. By encouraging your pupils to share their ideas and celebrate their successes, you will motivate them to create more and develop their Maker skills. As a teacher, you assume the role of facilitator, helping pupils to think, learn how to learn, and be more flexible, adaptive and imaginative. By responding to questions with questions, you will encourage your pupils to be resourceful when looking for answers to a problem. Empathy and social emotional development is a natural part of Maker-centred learning. Pupils work as a community of makers, constantly sharing ideas and materials, and giving and receiving feedback.

5. A makerspace is what you make it.

At the end of the day, you and your pupils make a makerspace what it is–of course with support from LEGO Education. By encouraging playful learning and tinkering, our Maker lesson plans and other open-ended curriculum content help you get the most out of your makerspace, including:

  • Supporting the social and emotional development, creativity, and academic skills of your pupils 
  • Building knowledge, and critical-thinking & collaboration skills 
  • Giving pupils the chance to be risk takers and helping them accept and learn from their mistakes 
  • Enabling an environment of pupil choice and self-directed learning

LEGO Education Maker. Learning without limits.

What is Maker?

Today, the global Maker Movement is the catalyst for millions of people around the world who are curious and eager to discover. They are DIY project enthusiasts, educators, entrepreneurs, small businesses and other like-minded “makers”, each with a passion for tinkering with existing things and making new things. Whether they are producing clothing, jewelry, food produce, artwork, or the next ground-breaking tech product, the maker community are innovators who try things out, take things apart and create the unexpected. The Maker Culture is about celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset.

What is a Makerspace?

A makerspace is a creative prototyping workspace where makers gather to share knowledge, experiment, create, tinker and learn. A makerspace can be equipped with anything from a few tools and materials, to high-tech 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC machines, and even sewing machines. Makerspaces have also spawned Fab Labs, Hackerspaces, and for-profit Techshops, each offering a variation on the makerspace concept… all with a common goal to inspire individuals and entrepreneurs to create.

Every pupil is a maker

It’s intuitive to create, build and rebuild with LEGO bricks, so there’s no barrier to getting hands-on with making for pupils of all abilities. Our Maker activities provide an inspiring, safe and supportive experience to start exploring, collaborating and mixing materials, helping every pupil become a maker.

What is Tinkering?

Tinkering is hands on, “minds on” learning through doing. Tinkering is exploring the mechanics of how things work and making new discoveries. Tinkering develops the iteration mindset, encourages reverse engineering, and helps pupils learn that making can be about creating your own recipes. Tinkering and Playful Learning go hand in hand. Tinkering can be used as a first step in a Maker Project to give pupils opportunities to play with materials that they’ll be using in a project to learn their affordances and capabilities.

Kids are motivated and inspired to learn when they are using learning to make something they care about. A teacher’s most important role is to provide them with the tools and freedom to make those things.

Seymour Papert
Educator and pioneer of constructionist learning