We've decided to make this the year of MakerSpace in the Media Center as our first project was to create Brush Bots. We got the idea from a MakerSpace book that I highly recommend:
All of the projects are cost effective with most materials available at the dollar store. I had no clue how to create a brush bot but what was wonderful was how the students worked together to figure it out. I set up the materials on a long table next to wear I was doing work and as students came in for lunch/activity time, they would come over and start tinkering.
It was amazing to see how creative their inventions turned out to be! At first they made the brush bots as instructed in the book, but they quickly moved to adding the motors and battery packs to other items in the media center. My favorite was a 7th grader named Grace adding multiple motors to one of our rolling chairs to create a massage chair.
Some students decided to create their own race track/arena and have the bots compete. All in all, BrushBot week was a success!