Resources: Project Collections, Tutorials, and Inspiration

Project ideas, Tutorials, Inspiration

  • Howtoons – Comic strip stories to inspire building, designing, engineering and inventing.
  • Geek Dad Blog – Besides writing books, Geek Dad blogs at Wired.com about doing projects with kids.
  • How Stuff Works – Diagrams and explanations of how machines and everyday objects work.
  • LooLeDo: Extraordinary Projects From Ordinary Objects – Crafts and projects using everyday materials
  • Instructables – A DIY online community
  • Toy-A-Day Blog – Fun toys to inspire and delight.
  • Sylvia’s Super Awesome Maker Show – Ten-year old Super-awesome Sylvia and her father produce a whimsical video show showing how to build fun electronic projects.
  • Make Magazine Projects – Projects in electronics, craft, science, art, robots, and many more categories in all ranges of challenge.
  • FabLab@School – Main site for projects, video tutorials, blog posts, and more about the global network of FabLabs in K-12 schools
  • Invention Projects – A list of activities to make your own light bulb, gramophone, and other famous inventions from the Spark!Lab at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC
  • The Caberet Mechanical Theatre – Projects, blogs, and kits for building whimsical moving mechanical sculpture.
  • Makerbot 3D Printing Education – Tutorials and STEM projects.
  • Sparkfun Tutorials – Beginner, intermediate, and advanced tutorials for Arduino, electronics, wearable computing, and more.
  • Adafruit Learning System – Projects, guides, and tutorials on Arduino, microprocessors, components, tools, and more.
  • Adafruit for Educators – Special blog for educators focusing on making in the classroom around the world.
  • Popular Mechanics – Published since 1902, this magazine and website is best known for automotive and home projects, but often runs science and DIY articles and projects.
  • Popular Science – Magazine and website has DIY projects, science and technology news, and reviews on gadgets and computers
  • My Open Source Education a video by a young maker who goes by the name of QTechKnow about how he learns about technology, robotics, microprocessors, and more.

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Project ideas, Tutorials, Inspiration: Books for your Makerspace

Project ideas, Tutorials, Inspiration: Parenting Advice

Online Clubs for Kids

  • DIY.org – Maker “Scouts” – online tutorials, upload pictures of creations with a phone app and collect badges
  • Built By Kids Club – Project ideas, tool tutorials, and weekly projects for club members

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