677 Robotics ~ What are the rules for your makerspace?

Week Seven: Essential Question: What are the rules for your makerspace?

I will probably model my makerspace space rules after the Dallas and Safety in school examples taking some points from each site.

  • Code of Conduct
  • Safety Plans
  • Specific Safety Guidelines


Code of Conduct

  1. All guests and members must follow the Code of Conduct.
  2. Safety is important, if you are unsure of how to safely do something, don’t do it.
  3. Don’t merely respect each other; be excellent to each other.
    • We are all here to make things and learn. Collaboration is important.
    • When you break something, own up to it. If you have any doubt about fixing it, ask for help. Don’t make someone feel bad for breaking things, help them understand what went wrong.
    • Clean, Maintain, Organize, Improve. Always leave the space better than you found it.
    • Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Answer them kindly; eventually you’ll have to ask for help too.
    • Tools/resources must stay on the premises so that other members may use them
  4. All members are expected to maintain a safe and clean environment at all times.
  5. Don’t catch fire, set others on fire, or set anything on fire which has not been designated or designed to be on fire.


Safety Plans

Makers who display, operate, or use any items that pose a danger to others — such as fire (including all heat-producing or open-flame devices, candles, lamps, etc.), explosions, internal combustion, flammable liquids, compressed gases, hazardous chemicals, launches, sharp or otherwise dangerous materials or tools — will have to explain what they’ll do to keep others safe when they exhibit their project to others. Whether or not your showcase event will require a written Safety Plan, creating one is a wise habit to establish among your students.

At Maker Faire, safety plans are necessary for any projects that would display, operate, or use any of these:

  • Lamps and other heat-producing devices including hot glue guns
  • Open flames, burners, candles, etc.
  • Internal-combustion engines
  • Flammable liquids, compressed gases, or dangerous chemicals including propane and helium
  • Any potentially hazardous electrical / mechanical device or chemical / biological substance

Martinez, S. L., & Stager, G. (2013). Invent to learn: Making, tinkering, and engineering in the classroom.

Anonymous. (N.D.). Dallas Makerspace Rules. Retrieved June 28, 2016, from https://dallasmakerspace.org/wiki/Rules_and_Policies

Hlubinka, Michelle “Binka”. (2013, Sept 2). Safety in School Makerspace. Retrieved June 28, 2016, from http://makezine.com/2013/09/02/safety-in-school-makerspaces/








One thought on “677 Robotics ~ What are the rules for your makerspace?

  1. Sara Lucas says:

    I like how you separated the rules out like the Dallas makerspace. I had an afterthought to do mine similar but felt it would be difficult to rearrange. I think this makes it much easier to read the rules. You can go to a specific category because some rules may not apply. I really feel like I should go back and try to break down my rules into categories because otherwise mine just seem like a long list. I love the fire rule! I did not include this in mine because I don’t think we will be working with things that make fire on purpose.


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