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Below is a holding tank for several web resources related to STEM, STEAM, Maker education.  Use at your own risk ... you just might learn something!

From this week's (12/8/2014) Hour of code resources:

http://sparkfun.codepops.com/#0

From a recent phone conversation about starting a club/school program:

Grants to fund LEGO projects

https://education.lego.com/en-us/lesi/grants

iCreate to Educate for SAM Animation;

http://www.icreatetoeducate.com

Art of Tinkering from the Exploratorium 

http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Tinkering-Karen-Wilkinson/dp/1616286091

Sparkfun's treasure trove of resources:

https://learn.sparkfun.com/?_ga=1.203650640.1511109673.1415730242

Makey Makey in particular from Sparkfun

https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/makey-makey-quickstart-guide

Makey Makey Gallery:

http://makeymakey.com/gallery/

Scratch

http://scratch.mit.edu

Little Bits

http://littlebits.cc

 

From a recent Make Magazine blog post about "starter projects":

Post #1

Post #2

From Tufts' Center for Engineering Education and Outreach

LEGO WeDo Challenges -- Dr. E's

LEGO MINDSTORMS Challenges -- Dr. E's

 

Below are a set of links sent to a school after WMSI did an engineering/science workshop for K-12 educators:

Hardware/Software resources:

myQuake tower building/testing resources:
    http://www.pitsco.com/Understand_Structures_and_Earthquakes_Action_Pack

SAM Animation: (check with Steve on the availability of free single seat licenses for teachers in our workshop.)
    http://icreatetoeducate.com

LEGO MINDSTORMS:
    https://shop.education.lego.com/legoed/education/MINDSTORMS+Education+EV3/category/EDU_PRD_LINE_107


Some of the projects we did:

Binder Clip bling:
    http://makezine.com/projects/led-binder-clip-bling/

The simple motors I had out for demo.  You can “blingify” them:
    http://tinkering.exploratorium.edu/taxonomy/term/7879#.U9J2dlaZOOc

The paper helicopter:
    https://www.exploratorium.edu/science_explorer/roto-copter.html
    (there are many many links on this one)

Paper speakers: (note, we did my simplest version of this activity but these links cover the essence of what we did and give you ideas for other directions to take it!)
    
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25jNLTBx0PU
    http://makezine.com/projects/styrofoam-plate-speaker/
    http://highlowtech.org/?p=1372



Websites:

Maker related websites:

The video I showed:
    http://vimeo.com/66162292

Make magazine blog — lots of inspiration
    http://makezine.com/blog/

Freely shared 2D and 3D designs:
    http://www.thingiverse.com

Great project how-to sites:
    http://www.instructables.com
    http://makezine.com/projects/

Great vendors of electronics and other maker goods:
    https://www.sparkfun.com
    http://www.adafruit.com

(check out their “learn” sites as well — learn.sparkfun.com and learn.adafruit.com)

Super cool project site for all ages:
    http://www.howtoons.com

2D and 3D design software for free:
    http://www.123dapp.com
    https://tinkercad.com
    http://www.openscad.org

A great programming environment embedded in a website:
    http://scratch.mit.edu

    http://technologypainting.com/scratch-introduction-start-here/
    
Here is a short list of book resources:

1) http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Tinkering-Karen-Wilkinson/dp/1616286091

2) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1936749750/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1936749750&linkCode=as2&tag=normalblog-20&linkId=5AGWWLT352CEOG7F

3) http://www.inventtolearn.com

4) Howtoons book: http://imagecomics.com/content/view/diy-for-the-next-generation-of-makers-in-howtoons