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Why a mobile makerspace

A Supply Cart can be brought from classroom to classroom to be used for rapid prototyping which is involved in the design thinking process. This cart can be filled with miscellaneous materials to help get creativity flowing. Below is a list of the materials that were in the cart that Tanner Wheadon created during his first sessions of design thinking.


Contents of a mobile makerspace

Supply Cart (low resolution supplies, expect $500-700 to purchase):

Flat stuff (foam sheets, felt, film)

Paper (construction paper, cardstock)

Building materials (foil and saran wrap)

Treasure (playing cards, cubes, clay, stickers, fun neat things) 

String (yarn, lanyard, string, twine),

Wire (piper cleaners, twist ties)

Sticks (popsicle sticks, straws, balsa wood)

Adhesives (tape, glue sticks, tacky glue, staplers, rubber bands, paper clips, binder clips)

Writing instruments (pens, pencils, sharpies) Practical tools (scissors, etc.)

Click here for additional Makerspace Supplies.


Story of Tanner Wheadon's mobile makerspace

1. Read the wiki post How to infiltrate a GenEd class with a two week design thinking module.

2. Read Tanner's story on the UIF blog post Prototyping to Prove a Concept.

3. Watch the Youtube interview: Tanner Wheadon - Pop up design thinking modules @ Utah Valley University.