How to Set up a Makerspace Cart
Interested in setting up a makerspace in your classroom but short on space?! A makerspace cart may be the perfect solution!
There are many benefits to a makerspace cart. Makerspace carts are portable, compact makerspaces that can be transported around the classroom or even shared across a grade level or school.
The following are five tips and tricks for setting up a makerspace cart.
1. Decide on a Cart Style
There are many different cart options to choose from. When selecting a cart you will want to keep in mind the size, durability, and practicality.
This metal rolling cart can be a great option as the three levels allow for plenty of storage. The fact that it is metal makes the cart very durable and allows for additional storage with magnetic containers (continue reading for more on that). The cart is also practical as it is not too big, and can be easily maneuvered around the classroom or school.
This particular cart came from IKEA, but they are also available at Target and on Amazon.
2. Increase Your Storage Space with Pegboard
One potential challenge of a makerspace cart is the small amount of storage. One way to increase the storage surface area is with pegboard. The pegboard on this cart came from the Target Dollar Spot.
The pegboard hangs on the side and is a great place to hang tools and project ideas or design process cards. Grab the mini engineering design process cards and plenty of project ideas in our Makerspace Cart Resource.
3. Store Small Materials in Magnetic Spice Containers
Another great way to increase the storage space on your makerspace cart is by attaching magnetic spice containers to the sides. These containers are perfect for storing small supplies such as paper clips and rubber bands. These containers came from the Target Dollar Spot, but you can also find them on Amazon.
4. Store Larger Supplies in Clear Plastic Containers
While the pegboard and magnetic spice containers are great for storing smaller supplies, the solution for larger supplies is clear plastic containers. One major benefit of clear plastic containers is that students are able to see what is in each one without wasting time searching for supplies.
Our recommendation is to use clear plastic shoe box containers for larger supplies and photo organizer cases for smaller supplies. These storage options can be found at Michaels or ordered from Amazon.
Due to the larger size of the plastic shoe box bins we recommend only keeping a few on the cart at a time. The rest of the supplies can be stored in classroom cabinets. Switch out the supplies every couple weeks to keep student interests up. The photo organizer cases should contain year long supplies and can be stored together on the cart in the larger plastic case that they come in.
5. Label Everything!!!
Even with using the clear plastic containers each supply bin on the makerspace cart should be clearly labeled. Having clearly labeled containers not only saves time, but also makes it more likely that the supplies will be returned to the proper place once students are finished with them. To make labeling easy our Makerspace Cart Resource contains 50 labels plus an editable label template.
For more tips on makerspace organization check out this post on 3 Makerspace Organization Tips and Tricks!
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