Instead of offering a single project for the entire class to do, how about creating several stations, each with a different type of project?  Something old school like soldering, a Pi, a 3-D printer, paper craft, etc...  You could cannibalize your home/shop for the tech. Allows for different types of learner/interests.  And adds welcomed chaos! 

Cheers, Paul
Paul R Butler
Assistant Systems Librarian
Simpson Library - University of Mary Washington
1801 College Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

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From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Edward Iglesias
Sent: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 9:47 AM
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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] makerspaces in libraries workshp


Thanks for the encouragement.  Audience is unknown since it will just depend on who registers.  I had the good fortune to attend the "Make a Makerspace" conference and was exposed to Sparkfun's version of the Lillypad and was quite impressed. I am looking into funding.

Edward Iglesias

On Wed, May 15, 2013 at 9:39 AM, Jodi Schneider <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> Great news, Edward!
> Who is the audience of the workshop?
> Are you trying to convince administrators, or give ideas to tech people?
> This will determine how "hands on" hands on is...
> Do you have a 3D printer? A demo would make sense -- 3D printing is on 
> its way to mainstream, but still impressive and unusual (even 
> unthinkable!) to people.
> What about a LilyPad project?
> Perhaps there's a small grant available for purchasing reusable 
> electronics?
> -Jodi
> On Wed, May 15, 2013 at 1:30 PM, Edward Iglesias
> <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> > Hello All,
> >
> > I have the unlikely distinction of getting to offer a 1 day workshop 
> > on Makerspaces in libraries.  I have a general idea of how it's 
> > going to go --morning theory afternoon hands on -- but am a little 
> > overwhelmed by the possibilities.  My first thought was to show them 
> > how to use a Raspberry
> Pi
> > but that would require them all to buy a Raspberry Pi.  I am open to 
> > suggestions on what would be worth learning that is hands on and
> preferably
> > cheap for a group of around 20.  What would you teach/learn in an
> afternoon
> > given the chance?
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Edward Iglesias
> >
> >