Resources mentioned in Chapter 8 of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom
Tech4Learning – Kid-friendly art, animation, publishing and creativity software for schools.
HyperStudio – Multimedia authoring, video editing, interactive web and iBooks publishing, and Arduino programming
Animationish – Peter Reynolds’ easy-to-use animation program, complete with video tutorials.
Instructables How to Solder –
Sylvia’s Maker Show How To Solder – Fun handout on how to solder with great tips and safety instructions
Sparkfun Electronics – Specializes in hobbyist electronic components, tools, and kits. The website features a project blog, buying guides, and tutorials from soldering to using a breadboard. Ask for educator discounts.
Adafruit – Unique and Fun DIY Electronics and Kits. Check the Young Engineers section for selections that are whimsical and fun. Ask for educator discounts.
Maker Shed – Vetted by Make Magazine. Specializes in kits for learners of all ages
Electronics Goldmine – Extensive supply of cheap electronic parts. Look for deals and bulk purchases, for example, a container of 200 LEDs costs $5.00.
Digikey – Extensive collection of electronic components. If you can’t find it here, it may not exist!
Spikenzie Labs – Electronics kits, parts, and Arduinos. Offers a unique acrylic laser cutting service for small size jobs.
Parallax – Robotics, components, kits, projects and more.
Lynx Motion – Robots, kits, wheeled and walking robots.
Donor’s Choose – DonorsChoose.org is an online charity. US public school teachers post classroom project requests and people can fund them.
How MIT Spent $70,000 on a FabLab –
Jameco Electronics – Another popular source of electronics parts and kits.