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22 Projects to Jump-start Your Makerspace

Inspire students of all ages to enjoy STEM when you let them loose in a creative makerspace! These hands-on engineering activities challenge students to brainstorm and problem solve and encourage creativity and innovation.

Makerspace STEM activitives, including pantograph, mini catapult, balloon car, propeller car, Rube Goldberg Machine, cardboard automata, and more

Enabling Exploration

Community makerspaces are collaborative spaces where people of all ages can get hands-on with science and engineering. With an array of materials available, a visit to a local makerspace is an invitation to play with science and engineering and really see how things work.

You may have a makerspace in your school or at the library, or maybe you have an area of your classroom dedicated to maker activities students can explore or certain days of the week on which you turn the room into a makerspace. With a few materials and a surface to work on, garage or basement spaces can easily be recast as home makerspaces, too!

You don't have to have expensive materials to start up your own makerspace. With an assortment of craft supplies, electronics parts, and recycled materials, you can set up a makerspace full of inspiring STEM that kids can explore. Figuring out what will work with the materials available is part of the challenge and part of the fun!

Bookmark or pin these projects to add to your makerspace!

Update! This post has been updated for 2021!

Free Projects and Activities for Your Makerspace

Try one of these STEM projects for creative hands-on science and engineering with a DIY "maker" flair:

  1. Make Cardboard Automata
  2. Build a Wind-Powered Car
  3. Build a Differential from K'Nex®
  4. Build A Wall Marble Run
  5. Build a Paper Roller Coaster
  6. 3D Print with Sand: No 3D Printer Required!
  7. DIY Mini Propeller Car
  8. Build a Robot Hand
  9. Build a Mini Trebuchet
  10. Build a Rubber Band-Powered Car
  11. Build a Popsicle Stick Catapult
  12. Duplicate Your Drawings with a Machine
  13. Make a Paper Circuit
  14. Make a Cotton Ball Launcher
  15. Make Your Own Harmonica!
  16. DIY Mini Drone
  17. Build a Balloon Car
  18. Study Kinetic Energy with a Rube Goldberg Machine
  19. Build a Cardboard Scissor Lift
  20. Junkbots: Robots from Recycled Materials
  21. Build a Paper Speaker
  22. Make a Night-Light

Makerspace Learning in Action

The following STEM videos demonstrate some of the highlighted activities:

Make Cardboard Automata
Build a Wind-Powered Car
Build a K'Nex® Differential
Build A Wall Marble Run!
Paper Roller Coasters - Fun STEM Activity!
3D Printing with Sand and Glue (no 3D printer required!)
DIY Mini Propeller Car
Build a Mini Trebuchet
Popsicle Stick Catapult
Draw with a Pantograph - STEM Activity
How to Make Paper Circuits
Cotton Ball Launcher - Fun STEM Activity
DIY Mini Drone Part 1: Build Your Drone
Make a Balloon Car
How To Build a Rube Goldberg Machine
Make an LED Night-Light

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What activities are part of your school, library, or home makerspace? Email us at blog@sciencebuddies.org to share your story!

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