Maker Resources

Books

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


Videos

“Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance” – TED Talk by Angela Duckworth (http://www.ted.com/talks/angela_lee_duckworth_grit_the_power_of_passion_and_perseverance

“Life Lessons through Tinkering” – TED Talk by Gever Tulley (http://www.ted.com/talks/gever_tulley_s_tinkering_school_in_action)

“We are Makers” – TED Talk by Dale Dougherty (http://www.ted.com/talks/dale_dougherty_we_are_makers


Websites

NGSS curriculum and kits:

Lawrence Hall of Science: Amplify – offers dynamic science curriculum for students in elementary and middle school. (https://www.amplify.com/curriculum/amplifyscience)

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. (http://www.raftbayarea.org/educator-resources)

 

Bay Area Makerspaces:

Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) – offers community education courses on laser cutting, 3D printing, vinyl cutting, and more. (http://www.scoe.org/pub/htdocs/classlist.html)

Exploratorium: The Tinkering Studio – provides space inside the museum for people of all ages to tinker. (http://tinkering.exploratorium.edu/about)

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.  (http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/visit/exhibits#Design,-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. (http://techshop.ws/tssf.html)

Maker Faire – a great event to explore other people’s creations and get inspired! (http://makerfaire.com/bay-area/)

 

For Coding:

Code.org – great introductory space for students K-12 to learn to code. (https://code.org/)

Codeacademy – another great website for learning how to code. (https://www.codecademy.com/)

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. (https://scratch.mit.edu/)

Agent Sheets – create your own games and simulations while learning how to code. (http://agentsheets.com/

Agent Cubes Online – another website for creating your own games and simulations while learning to code. (https://www.agentcubesonline.com/)

 

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. 

(https://projectignite.autodesk.com/app/project/12/Let-s-Learn-Tinkercad-/overview)

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

(http://www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360/overview)

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

(http://www.123dapp.com/design)

Fragdenspatz – offers predesigned box, gift wrap, and puzzle patterns that can be cut out with a laser cutter and assembled by hand. (http://boxdesigner.frag-den-spatz.de/)

 

Other amazing websites for inspiration and activity ideas:

Makezine – lots of great articles and DIY activities. (http://makezine.com/

Instructables – offers lots of DIY activities or projects. (http://www.instructables.com/)

Pinterest – a great resource for finding inspiration or activities and saving it for later. (https://www.pinterest.com/