Resources mentioned in Chapter 1 of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom
- 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.
- Instructables – A DIY online community
- 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
- Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun – A zillion high and low-tech project ideas with suggestions for amusing yourself.
- Next Generation Science Standards – In spring 2013, the National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Achieve released the Next Generation Science Standards to modernize science teaching and learning in US schools.
- Reggio Children – The international resource for educators interested in the Reggio Emilia approach
- Learning Materials Workshop – Books, videos, and toys inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach. This company also sells gorgeous books from Italy (in English)
- The Hundred Languages of Children – The definitive book on the Reggio Emilia Approach by Carolyn Edwards, Lella Gandini, and George Forman, Editors
- What’s the Big Idea? Toward a pedagogy of idea power by Seymour Papert – One of Papert’s strongest and most recent papers.
- Papert.org – Online collection of articles, speeches, and book chapters by Seymour Papert
- DailyPapert – A collection of quotes from Seymour Papert curated by Gary Stager.
- Planet Papert – Home of additional Papert articles, videos and resources.
- Mindstorms: Children, Computers, And Powerful Ideas – Constructionism explained as the way people naturally learn. In it, Papert explores how learning to program computers and gain mastery over them can influence how children learn everything else.
- The Children’s Machine: Rethinking School In The Age Of The Computer – Looking back on the first decade of computers in schools and what lies ahead.
- The Connected Family: Bridging the Digital Generation Gap – How parents can understand computers as thinking and learning partners for their children.
- Make Magazine – A print and online magazine for inventors and tinkerers of all ages
- Fifty Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do and Why) – Gever Tulley’s self-explanatory classic on messing-about in the real world with real stuff, just like real kids.
- 62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer: (And Other Discarded Electronics) – Computer hacking takes on a whole new meaning when you’re going at it with a screwdriver and hammer.
- Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share – The first book in this terrific series
- The Geek Dad’s Guide to Weekend Fun: Cool Hacks, Cutting-Edge Games, and More Awesome Projects for the Whole Family – The second volume in the Geek Dad series
- The Geek Dad Book for Aspiring Mad Scientists: The Coolest Experiments and Projects for Science Fairs and Family Fun – The third Geek Dad book
- Geek Mom: Projects, Tips, and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st-Century Families – More fun projects for families to build together