Many people associate the Maker Movement with the ‘stuff’ things like 3D printers, but in my opinion, this isn’t what pushes children outside of their comfort zone, it is that opportunity for open-ended exploration that is key. When creating a makerspace, many school districts just go out and buy things that other districts buy, really in essence, just replicating another school districts makerspace. In my opinion though, no two school makerspaces should be exactly alike because no two school communities are exactly alike.
In my opinion, every makerspace needs to have their own unique vision and that vision should be written down the form of a mission statement. That statement will help you convey to others what your makerspace is trying to achieve and to help people better understand your space, but it will also help you be able to better select products that are appropriate and meaningful to your particular makerspace.
In addition to a mission statement, I cannot stress enough the importance of properly planning your makerspace.
Via John Evans