I am the BITlab (Bullis Innovation and Technology Lab) Coordinator at Bullis School in Potomac Md. It's a brand new 2,500 square foot Makerspace and Fab Lab for students K-12. My interest is in getting students from all disciplines into the space, not just self-described makers or techies. Often when students come in with their math, science, history or other class they ask what classes get to meet there every day.
Hi Martin, thanks for joining our community. Apologies for not replying earlier, it's been hectic!
As you might know, we (artefacto.org.uk) have a mobile/pop-up makerspace project, the makercart and have been working on it for over a couple of years, so we can share some of our experience on this, however I have to say that I like much more the idea of a pop-up makerspace (for those with limited space) than a mobile one as we believe in empowering people by giving them the tools and knowledge needed for making and developing their own projects. Perhaps one way of addressing this would be to have a regular schedule for a mobile makerspace, so people who use can develop their skills over time...?
Besides that, there is plenty of information and ideas out there from people who have tried it.
In this country the biggest one I've seen is the Fab bus: http://www.fabfoundationuk.org/fab-bus-text/
A good general resource: https://www.makerspaces.com/resources-for-starting-and-running-a-mobile-makerspace/
There are loads and loads more resources out there, I think the main questions you'll need to consider are:
Who will be the main users of the makerspace? (e.g. children or adults?)
How many people can you work with at same time? (8 or 30?)
What are the projects/technologies you'd like to develop/need? (digital making or more traditional crafts)
And what's your budget?
We like using the business model canvas (https://strategyzer.com/canvas/business-model-canvas) when developing new ideas or projects as it gives you a good overview of what's involved and what to consider. I'd suggest using some design thinking too! (wish I'd done when developing mine :)
Best regards and look forward to hear what you think about the above
Just saw that Europeana are doing a holiday season #MakewithEuropeana promo highlighting different maker projects that (re)use cultural heritage content - including children's toys and gift wrapping
Lots of great maker projects and ideas here - all using openly-licensed content in new and interesting ways.