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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:


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

Grants to fund LEGO projects


iCreate to Educate for SAM Animation;


Art of Tinkering from the Exploratorium 


Sparkfun's treasure trove of resources:


Makey Makey in particular from Sparkfun


Makey Makey Gallery:




Little Bits



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:

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


Some of the projects we did:

Binder Clip bling:

The simple motors I had out for demo.  You can “blingify” them:

The paper helicopter:
    (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!)


Maker related websites:

The video I showed:

Make magazine blog — lots of inspiration

Freely shared 2D and 3D designs:

Great project how-to sites:

Great vendors of electronics and other maker goods:

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

Super cool project site for all ages:

2D and 3D design software for free:

A great programming environment embedded in a website:

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