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Make: We are all Makers
Find out what's trending, when and where the next Maker Faire will be held and pick up some terrific project ideas.
"Experiments with science, art,
technology, and delightful ideas."
The focus of the Lighthouse Community Charter School's Creativity Lab is to integrate making into the classroom and the website provides access to project guides for students K-12.
Exploratorium's Science Snacks
Science snacks are exciting hands-on activities using cheap, available materials that explore natural phenomena.
A Librarian's Guide to Makerspaces
The Open Education Database (OEDb) has compiled 16 Resources that librarians interested in starting a makerspace may find helpful.
Maker Space Organizations & Associations
Anchorage Makerspace is a non-profit, cooperative, community workshop offering social space for makers, inventors, artists and others to share their skills and knowledge for the good of the community.
"Hackerspaces are community-operated physical places, where people can meet and work on their projects."
"Juneau Makerspace seeks to establish a community oriented location where people can collaborate and encourage one another in bringing their ideas into existence."
The Maker Map
Add your makerspace to the Maker Map.
A podcast about, "all the thought that goes into things that we don't think about. "
Aventures in Design
A daily talk show for the creatively inclined.
Movers & Makers Radio
Makers Gone Wild: Expanding Your Vision of Makerspaces and Makers
Laura Fleming and Travis Lape with Jay Silver
Making the case for Making!
Maker Tutorials & Project Ideas
Adafruit Learning Systems
Adafruit Learning Systems is an excellent resource for materials on how to teach electronics. You will find quality guides with step-by-step instructions for electronic projects.
Create + Collaborate Innovate
High School Librarian Collen Graves has created a terrific resource for other librarians interested in starting their own Makerspace.
An online forum for sharing, exploring and documenting projects.
Library Makers CraftLab
Advanced craft activities for teens.
Maker Camp Project Guide
Six weeks worth of hands-on fun! These well illustrated activity guides include a list of supplies and detailed instructions.
Makey Makey: Quick Start Guide
This website includes information on how to set up your Makey Makey, lesson ideas, useful group activity guides and videos.
SparkFun is an online retail store that also happens to offer classes, online tutorials and fun activities that introduce children electronics.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program
"ANSEP’s objective is to effect systemic change in the hiring patterns of Alaska Natives in science and engineering by placing our students on a career path to leadership."
Carnegie STEM Girls
CarnegieSTEMgirls.org is a comprehensive site with activities, resources that are designed to get teenage girls excited about science, technology, engineering and math.
A Guide for Women in STEM
This guide outlines reasons women should consider pursuing a STEM related career and provides links to pre-college programs and scholarships available to women.
NASA STEM Resources for K-12 Educators
Each lesson plan includes an educator guide, detailed activities and related video clips.
STEM in Libraries
A blog created by two librarians with a passion for develop fun and entertaining STEM projects for children of all ages.
Follow these blogs to stay informed of technology trends taking place.
"Engadget exhaustively covers cutting edge devices and the technology that powers them.
"Gizmodo is a blog about gadgets and technology."
"Mashable is a leading global media company that informs, inspires and entertains the digital generation."
"ReadWrite is now one of the most widely read and respected tech news sites in the world."
Articles, lesson plans, videos and more to help you on your makerspace journey.
Free & Open Source Software
Audacity: Free Audio Editor & Recorder
Use Audacity to record live audio, convert tapes and records into digital recordings and cut, copy or splice sounds together.
"Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite."
Free Open Source Software
Click on the Applications link to see a list of all of the available open source software.
"Opensource.com publishes stories about creating, adopting, and sharing open source solutions."
"With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community."
Open source image editor.
15 Dangerously Mad Projects for the Evil Genius by
Publication Date: 2011-05-24
This wickedly inventive guide explains how to design and build 15 fiendishly fun electronics projects. Filled with photos and illustrations, 15 Dangerously Mad Projects for the Evil Genius includes step-by-step directions, as well as a construction primer for those who are new to electronics projects.
Invent to Learn by
Publication Date: 2013-05-01
Join the maker movement!There's a global technological and creative revolution underway. Amazing new tools, materials and skills turn us all into makers. Using technology to make, repair or customize the things we need brings engineering, design and computer science to everyone.
Publication Date: 2014-01-01
Bagley examines nine makerspaces in public, academic, and school libraries, describing their design and technical decisions in depth and showing how each is doing something unique and different, under a wide range of budgets and project offerings.
Publication Date: 2014-07-17
A makerspace is an area in a library where users can use tools and equipment to design, build, and create all sorts of different things. It may be a dedicated room or a multipurpose space in which a collection of raw materials and resources can be utilized as desired. Projects range from prototyping product designs with 3D printers, to programming robots, to creating art out of recycled items. This practical guide will help librarians .develop, budget for, and implement makerspaces; .write grant proposals for funding; and understand the mindset behind the maker movement in order to meet patron needs.
3D printing at school and makerspaces by
Publication Date: 2018
This fun-filled book offers dozens of creative ideas and easy-to-follow instructions for making everything from wallets and coin purses to novelty neckties and household decorations out of duct tape.