I’ve been asked to specify how I would spend $50,000 to start an elementary school along the path to learning-by-making. The suggestions are based on my experience working in schools. The three game-changers of fabrication, physical computing, and computer programming are well represented, along with tools for photography and multimedia authoring.
The only thing I forgot to add to the shopping list is an inexpensive MIDI keyboard for music composition and performance.
You have a choice between 20 Macbook Air laptops or up to 70 Toshiba laptops. I did not budget for carts, bags, or extended warranties.
Of course, you need multiple copies of Invent To Learn – Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, Super-Awesome Sylvia’s Super-Simple Arduino book, The Invent to Learn Guide to 3D Printing in the Classroom and the other books recommended here.
Of course, there’s always our list of favorite stuff to be found here too.