As I’m writing this list of supplies, I’m thinking that though it would be great to buy and have access to tools like a rivet gun, orbital sander, and hot wire cutter, students may never actually use them. In addition, an abundance of tools may encourage absent-minded tinkering versus the Design Thinking for which we’re striving.
Perhaps a “Makers Council” is in order. Upon completing an orientation students would become members of the council. The council would meet once a week to discuss Makerspace happenings including how the budget is allocated. Students could propose both group and individual projects, discuss the funding necessary, and then call it to a vote. I like that this method emphasizes the process & design thinking over the tools. It would build soft skills among students as they plan, present, and implement their ideas.