Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom
Resources: Books for Your Makerspace
A starter set of books every makerspace should have for makers and their families
The Art of Tinkering – By Karen Wilkinson and Mike Petrich. This unique book from the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Tinkering Studio is a creative sampler of over 150 projects, exhibits, and insights from the fascinating makers behind them. The book is beautiful and hackable – the cover is printed with conductive ink so you can use it in your own project.
Howtoons – Comic strip stories and project kits to inspire building, designing, engineering and inventing. (No longer in production. Website is archived. Books are available used.)
Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors – 55 playful experiments that encourage tinkering, curiosity, and creative thinking from the creator of Tinkerlab.com—hands-on activities that explore art, science, and more. For children two and up.
Steven Caney’s Invention Book – Steve Caney’s books are mostly out of print, but available used online. All his books are full of whimsical projects that are good to have in a makerspace for inspiration.