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All About Circuits
Find articles, videos and other learning resources about circuits and other electrical/tech topics.
Architecture at Home Resources
Nurture your budding architects through these free, online design activities. These easy to follow design projects use simple materials to get kids exploring building design, landscape design, interior design, skyscrapers and more.
This magazine, with back issues available online, provides ideas for kids interested in coding and computer science.
Explore the projects (with description, parts, and schematics) available on this site: Arduino, audio, robots, microcontroller, motor control and more.
This is a collection of ideas and instructions for circuit projects and 3D printing.
Khan Academy: Lego Robotics
Find lessons (with videos) for building a light guitar, coin detector, and ant bot with Lego Robotics. Learn about the programming and science behind each creation.
Kid Designer: A Comfortable Cardboard Chair
Many people have never attempted to build their own furniture. But a young designer named Nick demonstrates a painless process for designing and constructing attractive, sturdy chairs from cardboard.
Kids Invent Stuff
The YouTube channel where kids get their inventions made by engineers!
Learning by Making
Access issues of the Learning by Making online magazine to find information about makerspaces and related projects.
A free-to-download software that lets students build with virtual lego.
Little Bits: Educator Resources
This website has a collection of guides for teachers and librarians - the "best tips and tricks for bringing powerful STEAM learning to your classroom or library". Be sure to check out the videos as well.
Make: YouTube videos
This is the YouTube channel for Make: magazine; the channel is filled with videos about maker projects, including tips and ideas.
Make a Cardboard Play Dome
An instructable for making a dome playhouse out of cardboard and a few other supplies
This site has an extensive collection of resources for getting started with makerspaces and making. Educators will also find project ideas and professional learning.
Easy to follow instructions for making eight different types of books.
PBS Activities and Videos: Green
Activities and videos from PBS that challenge students to think about developing green technology.
What can you make with things around the classroom or house? First, choose an activity you are interested in. Next, choose an item and spin the wheel to see what you could make.
Teaching by Design: Lesson Plans
These imaginative lesson plans bring art, design, and nature into the classroom. Concepts like organic architecture and community design, are connected with cross-curricular themes including geometry, biology, visual art, and social studies
Thingiverse is a design community for discovering, making, and sharing 3D printable things. Explore the collections for inspiration.
Find projects from the Exploratorium's Tinkering Studio, learn about tinkerers, and find new trends in the blog posts.
Toys from Trash
Ideas for making machines, toys, and experiments from things others might throw away.
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