Maker{Move} FAQs

Q. What activities are on the Maker{Move} van?

Our mobile makerspace is made up of 10-16 mobile activity stations that can be set up inside or outside (depending on the weather!).  Children visit the makerspace and navigate around a carousel of STEM/STEAM based activities, differentiated for learning levels and abilities. The activities include electronics, woodwork, robotics, cardboard construction and digital creativity.

Q. How many children can participate?

Each session lasts approximately 60-75 mins and we can accommodate 30-60 children in each session.

Q. What would be a typical timetable for the day?

The day will be made up of up to 4 activity sessions for different groups or classes. Typically, we run two morning sessions and two afternoon sessions.  You can decide which classes or groups visit at each time slot. Ideally there will also be 10 minutes (or the usual school break time) between sessions, to allow us to reset activities. You could also consider using slightly shorter sessions for EYFS/KS1 and allowing a bit longer for KS2.

Example activity timetable:
8.00 – Maker{Move} arrival and set-up
9.15–10.30 – Group 1
10.30-10.45 – Break
10.45-12.00 Group 2
12.00-13.00 – Lunch
13.00-14.00 – Group 3
14.10-15.10 – Group 4

Please inform us if your hall is required for lunch – we’ll need to allow for this in the timetable.

Q. Should we group children of similar ages?

Yes if possible. Our sessions work best when similar aged children are grouped for the morning or afternoon. This enables us to adjust the activities at lunchtime. Once a booking is confirmed please let us know which sessions are for which classes via our online booking information form.

Q. What happens at the start of each session?

Children will be given an introduction and safety briefing and will then be able to go and explore each station for as long or as little as they wish during their session.  We encourage the children to visit at least 4 stations, but most will want to have a go at everything.  We will spend 5 mins at the end asking the children what they enjoyed and learned.

Q. Where will you set up the activities and what access do you need?

The van is a long wheelbase transit style van. The activity stations can be used either with the van (with activities set up around the van and also onboard) or be set up away from the van in a hall or large space.  We require a large area to set up the makerspace activity stations such as a hall or playground (weather permitting) with level or ramped access. We also need access to power. On good weather days we are happy to set the makerspace up outside, but need a poor weather back-up space.

Q. How many staff will be there on the day?

The Maker{Move} day will be led by 3 Maker{Move} team members and up to 4 student volunteers from The University of Sheffield.  All our staff and volunteers have enhanced DBS checks and have done safeguarding training.  Each session also requires 1-2 members of school staff per 30 children.

Q. What health and safety measures do you have in place?

All of our activities have been risk assessed and some require supervision by Maker{Move} staff to ensure tools are being used correctly.  The children, staff and volunteers are given an introduction and safety briefing at the start of the session.

Children’s behaviour is the responsibility of school staff.  Higher risk activities such as the woodworking bench have a ‘no second chance’ approach to disruptive or dangerous behaviour to ensure the safety of the child and other children, staff and volunteers.  This policy is explained to the children at the start of the session.  If first aid is required on the day, this will need to be administered by the school.

Q. Do you have arrangements for children with SEND, EAL and other sensitivities?

We want all children to access the Maker{Move} activities where possible.  It is helpful for us to know about children with additional needs before we arrive so we can help these children to participate.  Where children require 1:1 assistance to navigate the activities, this will need to be provided by the school.

Q. How do I book the van?

Please complete the booking enquiry form in the first instance and we will contact you to arrange a date and next steps.

Q. How can teachers get involved?

Allow pupils to get stuck, play and experiment.  Use selective questions to encourage pupils to reflect, explore, refine and adapt. Have a go at the activities yourself.  Perhaps think about how you could use them to support learning in your curriculum.