Resources mentioned in Chapter 9 of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom
The Language of School Design: Design Patterns for 21st Century Schools – The premiere lavishly illustrated guide to school architecture and designing learning spaces by Prakash Nair and Randall Fielding
Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration – By Scott Doorley and Scott Witthoft from the Stanford Design School. This book is is full of good ideas for all spaces and budgets for changing surroundings to enhance the ways in which teams and individuals communicate, work, play–and innovate.
Mini-Makers Faires – Small, independently-run Makers Faires
Maker Education Initiative – Promotes a Young Maker Corps and Maker Clubs
Wolfram Alpha – Online computation engine
Marble runs and ramps – Small scale versions
Marble runs and ramps – Large scale versions
Scribbling machines – Easy to build robots using scrap materials with pens for legs and a small off-center motor. The vibrating motor causes the robot to dance around and scribble on a large sheet of paper
LED Throwies – An LED taped to a battery and a magnet creates a crowd-sourced light show
Cardboard automata – Machines made of cardboard
Wind Tubes – Easy to make large upright tubes with a fan at the bottom. Makers can build “stuff that floats” out of recycled materials, put their creations in the tube and watch them fly up to the sky!
Glow Doodle Software – Software to create pictures with glowing light
Glow Doodle Bottles – Make bottles for glowing light pictures