Knowing what different makerspace tools do and how they actually work is essential when planning authentic makerspace experiences for your students.

Creating a makerspace within a classroom requires a lot of hard work and dedication by teachers to equip students with the appropriate supplies and arrange for access to the necessary makerspace tools. While complex, expensive machinery is not necessary for a successful makerspace, understanding some of the basic makerspace tools can help teachers ensure students are receiving an authentic makerspace learning experience.

CNC Machine

makerspace toolsA CNC, or computer numerical control, machine relies on programmed commands rather than manual operation. These machines provide greater ease in cutting, carving, and milling. As part of a collection of makerspace tools in a school, a CNC machine can help students manipulate materials such as fiberboard, wood, MDF, plastics, foams, and aluminum.