Thursday, December 8, 2016

Look How Eduporium Helped Me Build My Makerspace-To-Go!

A few months ago I was part of the OCM BOSES PBLNY Event in Syracuse, New York and learned about a wonderful company called Eduporium.  

They had filled the public space with amazing materials, resources, gadgets and more that fit into our Makerspaces through all of the STEAM categories including Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. 

I couldn't wait to find out what this was all about so I looked for the people who created this amazing scene. 

They were excited to tell me they put these bundles together for the conference.  I was very intrigued to find out more.
For PBLNY, Eduporium worked closely with the directors at OCM BOSES to create Custom Tech Bundles that incorporated five key STEAM areas of study into the curriculum.... circuitry, robotics, music, coding and general technology.

Eduporium also encourages educators to make their own bundles. 

Perhaps there is a particular lesson plan or project that you have in mind....This is the perfect way to bring resources together to highlight a concept of group of STEAM concepts. 
As I walked around to the tables that displayed the different Custom Tech Bundles, I was excited to see not only the materials....
but also projects, descriptions and materials you will need to integrate these successfully into the curriculum of your library or classroom. 

I love this idea! 

Eduporium will not only help us get these materials into our spaces, but will also support how we integrate them and find success through these new ideas and projects. 

They will work with any school and educational organization to create personalized experiences and tech bundles.  
This is where our project together started!  

I told them about my Makerspace presentations and consulting asking them to work with me to build a Makerspace-to-Go....with an emphasis on creating a Musical Makerspace for several presentations and events coming up integrating Cantata Learning songs and other materials.  

Eduporium shared the process which is taken when developing the Custom Tech Bundles.  This is demonstrated on the chart above and here....

1. We research the world of innovation tech (internationally) for cool products.

2. We vet products - and companies - for educational value. In our collection now we have about 400 products and the list is growing as we speak.

3. We partner with selected companies - to be able to negotiate the price for educators.

4. We work with schools and organizations as a consultant to discuss their needs, desires, ideas and ideals.

5. We match the discovered needs with hand-picked products from our collection to truly customize the bundle and provide the list with description of products (which is found below for my Makerspace-to-Go. 

6. We discuss our proposal and make necessary corrections.

7. We deliver the bundle with starting activities booklet to eliminate fear of unknown tech in case it's needed - in order to save time and keep the comfort level high.

8. As your "partner in education" we are waiting for the feedback - and available in-person anytime. 

After brainstorming ideas, researching products and pulling resources together, Eduporium has created an AMAZING Makerspace-to-Go for me!  

This is what it includes...
I can't wait to get it in a few days!  And I especially cannot wait to use it with young people, teacher librarians, educators and others around the country.  

I will keep you in the loop and let you know what I think!  
You can go to the Eduporium website to find out more and see all of the wonderful things they have brought together for us. 
Also, find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @eduporium 

This is a great place to see what they have for all of us and gain lots of ideas on how these materials and ideas are being used in schools and libraries. 

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