4 Star Wars Makerspace Activities for Kids

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Looking for themed Makerspace activity ideas for your school or afterschool program? Here are 4 Star Wars activities that will inspire students to be creative and inventive!

Star Wars Character

Star Wars Makerspace activities

Activity: Build your own Star Wars character!

Suggested Materials:

  • CD’s
  • Cardboard boxes/rolls
  • Egg Cartons
  • Fabric/sheets
  • Buttons
  • Chenille stems
  • Markers
  • Wiggly Eyes
  • Foil
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Glue
  • Duct Tape

Step 1: Preparing your Makerspace

  • Gather recycled materials such as CD’s, cardboard boxes/rolls, egg cartons, and sheets/fabric scraps.
  • Gather, purchase, and organize different craft materials and tools (see suggested materials) for makers to use to create their Star Wars character. Tools include plenty of glue, scissors, duct tape, and other adhesives.

Tip: Our Color Me Capes are great for beginner Makerspaces to encourage new makers by providing a start to their character.

Step 2: Introduce Makers to the Concept and LET THEM MAKE!

Star Wars Musical

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Activity: Create your own Star Wars musical theme

Suggested Materials:

Step 1: Preparing Your Makerspace

  • Gather tons of noise makers or materials that can be used to make noise. The items suggested above can hep give makers a focus on the tools that they are given.

Step 2: 

  • Play current Star Wars theme for makers before starting.
  • Set a time limit on the musical theme.
  • You may want to challenge makers to use only specific items (items in the MakerSpace area, items on the table, etc).

Tips:

  1. As a group, try to recreate the original Star Wars Theme with these items.
  2. Use a smartphone or tablet to record the musical themes.
  3. Have makers get into character from the previous Makerspace Activity.

Star Wars Light Show

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Activity: Create your own Start Wars light show

Suggested Materials:

Step 1: Preparing Your Makerspace

  • Make sure there is an area, room, or closet where makers have access to darkness to create the show.
  • Gather items listed above and have musical theme ready so makers can create a light show to go with it.

Step 2:

  • Play current Star Wars theme for makers before starting.
  • Create “stopping” times to test light shows (every 5 minutes).

Tips:

  1. Use a smartphone or tablet to record the musical theme light show (you may need an additional one if you are already using one to play the music).
  2. Have makers get into character from previous Makerspace Activity to put the entire show together.

Millennium Falcon

Star Wars Makerspace

Activity: Create your own Millennium Falcon to see if it transports R2D2 or BB8 (egg drop)

Suggested Materials

  • Cardboard
  • Elastic bands
  • Craft sticks
  • Paper
  • Balloons
  • Plastic bags
  • Straws
  • Cups (styrofoam or paper)
  • Cardboard rolls
  • Poster Board
  • Q-tips
  • String/yarn
  • Aluminum foil
  • Paper plates

Necessities:

  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Rulers
  • Pencil
  • Eggs

The key to this Makerspace activity is to limit makers to materials. Almost any materials can be used, but the ones listed above are common ones.

Step 1: Preparing Your Makerspace

  • Gather items suggested above and put limits on the quantities. See examples below:
    • Choose 12 items (have a list of 30 with specific limits: 10 straws, 8 craft sticks, 5 elastic bands). This makes designing their space craft important. “May the Force be with their choice”
    • Give each team or maker the same items (you can also allow for them to choose one or two additional) and have a musical theme ready so that makers can create a light show to go with it.
  • Create CLEAR limits/rules. See examples below:
    • Space craft limited to 12x12x12
    • A point system – 100, 90 (cracked), 80 (yolked), points deducted for materials
    • Only 1 egg given, no parachutes, trading materials/no trading, time limits on design/make

Step 2: Introduce concept to makers and give them time to DESIGN, TEST, & DROP

Tips:

  1. Write down the materials makers “chose” to keep track, measure, and check off right before the drop.
  2. Allow plenty of time for testing and rebuilding.
  3. Have a repair kit on hand at the drop including the necessities listed above.
  4. Since this is a Star Wars theme, allow time to “decorate” the space craft and name it.

Download the FREE printable cards for these activities here!

For more Makerspace inspiration, visit www.ssww.com/makerspace

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