Maker Resources


Information about making:

The Art of Tinkering by Karen Wilkinson

Design, Make, Play: Growing the Next Generation of STEM Innovators by Margaret Honey and David E. Kanter

Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom by Sylvia Libow Martinez

Making Makers: Kids, Tools, and the Future of Innovation by AnnMarie Thomas


Great maker activities and projects

62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer: (And Other Discarded Electronics) by Randy Sarafan

How to Build a Hovercraft: Air Cannons, Magnetic Motors, and 25 Other Amazing DIY Science Projects by Stephen Voltz and Fritz Grobe

Kinetic Contraptions: Build a Hovercraft, Airboat, and More with a Hobby Motor by Curt Gabrielson

Make: Tinkering: Kids Learn by Making Stuff  by Curt Gabrielson

Make: Electronics: Learning Through Discovery by Charles Platt

Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors by Rachel Doorley


“Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance” – TED Talk by Angela Duckworth (

“Life Lessons through Tinkering” – TED Talk by Gever Tulley (

“We are Makers” – TED Talk by Dale Dougherty (


NGSS curriculum and kits:

Lawrence Hall of Science: Amplify – offers dynamic science curriculum for students in elementary and middle school. (

Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) – offers a variety of low cost kits, curriculums, and professional development classes for a wide range of subjects and grade levels. (


Bay Area Makerspaces:

Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) – offers community education courses on laser cutting, 3D printing, vinyl cutting, and more. (

Exploratorium: The Tinkering Studio – provides space inside the museum for people of all ages to tinker. (

Lawrence Hall of Science: Ingenuity Lab and Design, Build, Test exhibits – offers lots of different areas for kids to design and test their own creations.  (,-Build,-Test)

TechShop – offers classes, events, or a space for fellow makers and tinkers to collaborate and make together with professional equipment and software. Most kids (ages 8-17) are welcome to make as well with adult supervision. (

Maker Faire – a great event to explore other people’s creations and get inspired! (


For Coding: – great introductory space for students K-12 to learn to code. (

Codeacademy – another great website for learning how to code. (

Scratch 2.0 – offer free programing software where you can program and create your own animations, stories and games. Great for kids of all ages. (

Agent Sheets – create your own games and simulations while learning how to code. (

Agent Cubes Online – another website for creating your own games and simulations while learning to code. (


For 3D Design and Printing:

AutoDesk: a good website with lots of free software for 3D designing and printing.

o   Tinkercad – a good introductory program into 3D design for students K-12. 


o   Fusion 360 – free software for more advanced 3D design and prototyping.  


o   123D Design – free software for 3D design and printing. 


Fragdenspatz – offers predesigned box, gift wrap, and puzzle patterns that can be cut out with a laser cutter and assembled by hand. (


Other amazing websites for inspiration and activity ideas:

Makezine – lots of great articles and DIY activities. (

Instructables – offers lots of DIY activities or projects. (

Pinterest – a great resource for finding inspiration or activities and saving it for later. (