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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about the MakerSpace movement and mindset. Engage your students, challenge their minds, teach cooperative learning, and more. There is no right or wrong way to do a MakerSpace. Use the tools provided to find digital options to use in your MakerSpace area. 

 

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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Tools for Your Maker Box - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Makerspace activities are a great way to promote a growth mindset in your...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Makerspace activities are a great way to promote a growth mindset in your students. Using the right challenges and everyday items, teachers can create a pop-up makerspace in a box for their classroom. We will discuss management ideas and ways to tie activities to curricular objectives. Participants will: 1. Understand the features of a pop-up makerspace; 2. Explore makerspace activities; and 3. Plan for the use of makerspace activities in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): makerspace (27), professional development (183)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Twitter Chat: The Modern School Library - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This archived Twitter chat is from April 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: The Modern School Library. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from April 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: The Modern School Library. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the role of the school library in the 21st-century school, 2. Discuss technology tools that assist in promoting student learning in the library and 3. Share resources and ideas to support learning and teaching.

tag(s): makerspace (27), professional development (183), twitterchatarchive (70)

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Find tools and resources to learn more about the modern school library. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for sites and information. Explore the various tools that are shared.

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ArchKIDecture

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4 to 7
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Explore the resources offered at ArchKIDecture - you'll find a list of books, links to other resources, lessons, and project ideas. A few project ideas include drawing a floor plan,...more
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Explore the resources offered at ArchKIDecture - you'll find a list of books, links to other resources, lessons, and project ideas. A few project ideas include drawing a floor plan, building a toothpick structure, and building a geodesic dome. All projects include a materials list. Sign up for the free newsletter to receive notice of new project ideas.

tag(s): architecture (84), book lists (127), makerspace (27)

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Bookmark and save this site for use when implementing STEAM activities or makerspaces. Introduce this activity with a projector or on an interactive whiteboard to show students how to navigate the site. Then, in your flipped or blended classroom (or at a computer center), have students, or small groups of students, explore on their own. Allow them to choose a book (creating book groups?) or a project to explore. Ask students to create their own concept maps to record their learning and understanding using MindMup, reviewed here. Challenge students to use their concept maps to share what they learned with peers by making an interactive infographic using Piktochart, reviewed here. Piktochart allows students to insert videos, hyperlinks, & maps that are interactive.

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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Tools for Your Maker Box - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Makerspace activities are a great way to promote a growth mindset in your students....more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Makerspace activities are a great way to promote a growth mindset in your students. Using the right challenges and everyday items, teachers can create a pop-up makerspace in a box for their classroom. We will discuss management ideas and ways to tie activities to curricular objectives. Participants will: 1. Understand the features of a pop-up makerspace; 2. Explore makerspace activities; and 3. Plan for the use of makerspace activities in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): makerspace (27)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Makerspace for Education - Trish Roffey

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Makerspace for Education provides information and resources for incorporating makerspaces into the classroom for educators new to makerspaces and "makerspace maniacs" like the author....more
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Makerspace for Education provides information and resources for incorporating makerspaces into the classroom for educators new to makerspaces and "makerspace maniacs" like the author. This site takes you from the basics of the makerspace pedagogical framework through materials and tutorials for using makerspaces in the classroom. Use the links at the top of each page to find makerspace lessons and challenges, view videos to understand the constructs of makerspaces, and learn more about the different materials used in makerspaces. Videos reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable.

tag(s): coding (76), makerspace (27), professional development (183), robotics (24)

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Both experienced and newbies to makerspaces should bookmark this site as an excellent resource for developing makerspaces. If new to makerspaces, consider using this site similar to a book study group with your peers. Break the site into different portions beginning with the Why Makerspace? section to learn about constructive ideology and the benefits of makerspaces. Work together to build a database of makerspace resources including professional development information and lesson ideas. Share these resources using Padlet, reviewed here. Padlet offers tools for collaborating and organizing information, use the column feature to organize resources by topics such as professional development, lesson ideas, videos, and makerspace blogs. As you use makerspaces, don't forget to share student successes and struggles as part of the learning process. Have students create a weekly or monthly podcast using Buzzsprout, reviewed here, to enhance their learning. Buzzsprout makes it easy to record podcasts in advance, then publish them on your desired time and date. Use FlipGrid, reviewed here, as a video response tool to have students modify their learning and share ideas and problem-solving methods with you and their classmates.
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Babble Dabble Do - Ana Dziengel

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Connect the arts and sciences through hands-on exploration with creative projects shared on Babble Dabble Do. Begin by selecting one of the four categories - art, science, engineering,...more
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Connect the arts and sciences through hands-on exploration with creative projects shared on Babble Dabble Do. Begin by selecting one of the four categories - art, science, engineering, or design for kids. Each topic includes many ideas for projects for preschoolers and up. Project ideas all include step-by-step directions with pictures, many also include videos.
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tag(s): design (89), engineering (128), makerspace (27), STEM (200)

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Be sure to add this to your toolbox of ideas for teaching STEAM topics and for ideas to use in classroom makerspaces. In addition to adding this site to your favorite bookmarks, consider creating a board on Pinterest, reviewed here, of sites with ideas for STEAM projects. Share the board with your peers and collaborate on adding STEAM sites as a group. Extend learning throughout and after project activities as you include student work as part of a portfolio on Seesaw, reviewed here. Seesaw offers tools for all ages of students to create digital portfolios including written or audio reflections on work. Instead of just sharing images of student creations on your Facebook page or school web page, help students enhance their learning by creating digital books using WriteReader, reviewed here, to share online for family and friends. WriteReader is a site specially created for use with younger students to share their writing and images.

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Coding Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about coding, and for use as a guide for finding the appropriate tools for use...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about coding, and for use as a guide for finding the appropriate tools for use with all grade and skill levels. Nurture problem solving, logic, and creativity. Find resources for just one hour of code or for use as ongoing technology lessons.

tag(s): coding (76), computational thinking (33), critical thinking (116), design (89), problem solving (292), STEM (200)

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Explore these resources for use with after-school computer clubs or as an excellent tool when recruiting skilled parent volunteers. Turn the intimidating content of computer programming into an exciting learning adventure for all with these helpful sites!

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Twitter Chat: Make That MakerSpace! - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from October 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is - Make That MakerSpace! Through this chat, participants will: 1. Define ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from October 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is - Make That MakerSpace! Through this chat, participants will: 1. Define and discuss the basic components of a makerspace 2. Discuss technology integration into makerspaces and 3. Explore digital options to use in your makerspace area. Find great tools and resources to create or expand a makerspace in your classroom or school.

tag(s): collaboration (50), makerspace (27), STEM (200), twitterchatarchive (70)

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Find tools and resources to create or expand a makerspace! Share this chat with your colleagues looking for sites and information related to makerspaces. Explore the various tools that are shared.

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Microsoft MakeCode - Microsoft

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Learn computer science through hands-on learning projects for all ages at Microsoft MakeCode. Take advantage of project ideas to inspire computing projects for your classroom. Introductory...more
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Learn computer science through hands-on learning projects for all ages at Microsoft MakeCode. Take advantage of project ideas to inspire computing projects for your classroom. Introductory courses for middle school students teach the basics of coding and beyond. Learn more through live sessions offered weekly by Microsoft team editors as they share tips for using different editing programs. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): coding (76), makerspace (27), Microsoft (65), STEM (200)

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Make use of the resources offered by Microsoft to share with your students as they learn how to code. Share project ideas with students and include materials for them to create their projects as part of makerspace activities. Have students take pictures of their creation and enhance their learning by using ThingLink, reviewed here, to add audio to describe their creative process. Add images to your class website as part of your student work gallery. Challenge students to redefine learning by using Sway, reviewed here, to create an online multimedia page including images, video, and text to describe, evaluate, and share their work with coding projects. Include project ideas from the site and set up a makerspace during open house events at your school.

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Hacking STEM Library - Microsoft

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4 to 10
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The Hacking STEM Library provides a vast array of STEM projects for easy incorporation into any classroom. Scroll through the site to view the Activity Library, Master Skill Guides,...more
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The Hacking STEM Library provides a vast array of STEM projects for easy incorporation into any classroom. Scroll through the site to view the Activity Library, Master Skill Guides, and Bite-Size Activities. Each activity provides a quick look at cost, grade level, and amount of time needed before linking to the full lesson plan. Lesson plans include complete instructions, objectives, and necessary documents.

tag(s): angles (88), critical thinking (116), electricity (96), energy (212), light (57), makerspace (27), Microsoft (65), problem solving (292), solar energy (38)

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Take advantage of these free activities to include with any STEM lessons already taught. Many activities are perfect for use with Genius Hour or Makerspaces in the classroom. Ask students to share their journey in completing activities in a blog. bulb, reviewed here, offers tools for building digital portfolios and incorporating blogs. Ask students to annotate images taken of their activities with text, URL's, or videos using ThingLink, reviewed here.
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Room Escape Maker - doctorfou.com

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8 to 12
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Room Escape Maker takes the popular room escape adventures online. The only way to escape is to solve a series of puzzles using hints and strategies as you find your ...more
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Room Escape Maker takes the popular room escape adventures online. The only way to escape is to solve a series of puzzles using hints and strategies as you find your way out of the locked room. Browse through the selection of games created by other users to find ideas on how to use this site. When ready, choose "Create Game" to start. Begin with your chosen canvas or background and follow prompts to add items and clues to your escape room.
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tag(s): game based learning (146), gamification (81), makerspace (27)

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Increase student engagement in any subject through this form of gameplay! Create games to introduce main concepts within the escape room. Ask students to create a game using the information they have learned to share with fellow students. Before creating a game, have students map out information and strategies they will include in a blog format using a tool like Edublog, reviewed here. Ask fellow students to share comments describing their problem-solving process as they try to escape the room.

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Kodu Game Lab - Microsoft Research

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Kodu is a software download for creating Windows PC games through a simple programming language. A download is also available for Xbox games; however, it is not free. The software ...more
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Kodu is a software download for creating Windows PC games through a simple programming language. A download is also available for Xbox games; however, it is not free. The software allows users to create and personalize virtual worlds through point and click options. Additional options offer "if this, then that" personalization to add variety to the game. Under Resources find the "Getting Started" tutorial videos that reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): coding (76), game based learning (146), gamification (81), Microsoft (65)

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Have students work in teams to design and develop content demonstrating an understanding of lessons in any subject area. Begin sharing Kodu with your computer experts who are interested in programming. Allow them to be the leaders in sharing how to use and personalize the program. Use Kodu as part of an after-school computer club. Be sure to take advantage of the resources section of Kodu for tips and tutorials on using the program.

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Makerbot - Thingiverse: Education - Makerbot Industries, LLC

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Thingiverse offers over 15,000 3D printing designs and enough lesson plans to keep a classroom busy all school year. All free! Discover lessons for K-5, 6-8, 9-12 and university levels....more
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Thingiverse offers over 15,000 3D printing designs and enough lesson plans to keep a classroom busy all school year. All free! Discover lessons for K-5, 6-8, 9-12 and university levels. Also, find lessons categorized by subject. By clicking on any of these categories, you can then search the new page by both grade level and subject i.e. K-5 and Special Education. Find Collections like Quick Projects, Building Bridges, and Featured Projects. If you are really into 3D and want to design your own project, you can do that at Thingiverse, too. Thingiverse's 3D printing documents from this tool only work on MakerBot or Stratasys printers.

tag(s): artists (80), design (89), fashion (9), makerspace (27), printables (39)

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Whether you are a STEM or STEAM educator or teach woods or metal shop, there is something here for everyone. Are you setting up a makerspace and want to include 3D projects? Find more than you can imagine at Thingiverse. Many lessons address Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards, too. History, math, and language arts teachers may enjoy Cryptography: Sending Secret Messages and could extend it into a cross-curricular project; look at Egyptian Hieroglyphs - Making a Cartouche, too. ELA teachers, take a look at the Book Report project to create 3D Keychains having elements of the character's personality and challenges. Art teachers be sure to check out Art Connector Set SVG Conversion Project where your students can turn their drawing into a sculpture! These are just a few of the many lesson plans and projects to look into on Thingiverse. Cut down the time it takes to discover interesting projects by allowing time in class for students to explore in categories selected by you.

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Little Kids Rock - Jam Zone

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Learn to write music, play instruments, and sing with Little Kids Rock. Start with a video tour of the site, or choose from links to learn a song, take a ...more
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Learn to write music, play instruments, and sing with Little Kids Rock. Start with a video tour of the site, or choose from links to learn a song, take a lesson, or practice. Choose from the song list of popular music and artists to learn to play a song using options for different instruments. Narrow your choices by a level of difficulty, title, or artist. Use the Take a Lesson link to learn to play several different instruments. Short videos start at beginner levels and move up in difficulty. Practice skills using games and song jams.

tag(s): music theory (44), musical instruments (50), musical notation (37)

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This site is perfect for differentiation in the music classroom. Allow students to choose an instrument and learn at their own pace and level. Share a link on your classroom website for students to practice at home. Take advantage of the vocal lessons to learn about songwriting. After watching videos, have students write a song to summarize a novel, share information on climate change, or sing about an event in history. You may wish to take that a bit further and challenge students to record the song using a tool such as UJAM, reviewed here, where you simply record your voice (even talking and not singing!). UJAM is free and synchronizes your voice and its speed to a variety of different background music options.
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Twitter Chat: Start a School Makerspace from Scratch - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from July 2016. View this archive to learn how to Start a School Makerspace from Scratch. Browse the tips and tools offered by the chat ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from July 2016. View this archive to learn how to Start a School Makerspace from Scratch. Browse the tips and tools offered by the chat moderators and participants.

tag(s): makerspace (27), professional development (183), STEM (200), twitterchatarchive (70)

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If you are starting Makerspace, or need some new ideas, view this archive. Share this tool with your colleagues who are interested in Makerspace.

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Robotics Resources - TeachersFirst

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Bring robotics into your classroom using these fabulous tools and resources. Learn about National Robotics Month, celebrated in April. Use these resources for STEM or Makerspace activities....more
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Bring robotics into your classroom using these fabulous tools and resources. Learn about National Robotics Month, celebrated in April. Use these resources for STEM or Makerspace activities. Find resources for all grade levels.

tag(s): makerspace (27), robotics (24), STEM (200)

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Use these robotics resources during National Robotics Month (April) or any time of the year. If you are just getting started with Makerspace, and looking for some new resources, check out these sites!

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Makerspaces - Andrew Miller

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Makerspaces is a resource created to help schools and libraries learn about, build, and run makerspaces. Choose the Maker Projects link to find many project ideas including tutorials...more
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Makerspaces is a resource created to help schools and libraries learn about, build, and run makerspaces. Choose the Maker Projects link to find many project ideas including tutorials that incorporate tools such as 3D printers and circuits. Download a free ebook with over 250 resources for any makerspace program. Find out what others are doing with makerspaces by choosing the Makerspace tab, this includes tweets from makerspace users, project ideas, and a showcase of makerspaces in action. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): crafts (41), inquiry (29), makerspace (27), STEM (200)

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Take advantage of the many ideas and tutorials found on this site when creating a makerspace in your classroom or school. Collaborate with peers to create different makerspaces within your classroom communities. Ask parent volunteers to help teach students about circuits and other technology used in your makerspace.
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Paper Circuits for Makerspaces - Andrew Miller

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4 to 12
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Paper Circuits for Makerspaces provides many tutorials and ideas for creating paper circuits for teaching electricity and circuits. Scroll through the page to find many examples of...more
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Paper Circuits for Makerspaces provides many tutorials and ideas for creating paper circuits for teaching electricity and circuits. Scroll through the page to find many examples of paper circuits created in classrooms and complete tutorials. Also included on this page is a linked list of resources for buying materials needed to make circuits. Be sure to click on the ebook link for a free download with over 250 resources for your makerspace program. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): circuits (23), crafts (41), creativity (117), electricity (96), engineering (128), makerspace (27), STEM (200)

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Paper Circuits for MakerSpaces is perfect for use with an after-school science program or as a resource for science fair projects. Create a center throughout the school year for students to work on circuits and build skills at an individual level. If you don't feel comfortable working on this topic, find a parent volunteer to help, or partner with another classroom to work together. Need funding to buy materials? See GetEdFunding, reviewed here, to write for a small grant.
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MakerBot in Education - MakerBot Industries, LLC

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Learn about the uses of 3D printing in the classroom with resources provided by MakerBot. Scroll down the page to find Webinars, Videos, and Case Studies. Use the search feature ...more
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Learn about the uses of 3D printing in the classroom with resources provided by MakerBot. Scroll down the page to find Webinars, Videos, and Case Studies. Use the search feature to find grant and white paper information for funding 3D printers and an essential information packet for pitching and implementing 3D printers in the classroom. Email registration is required to view and download information.
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Use this site as a resource for materials and information about 3D printing. Take advantage of the downloadable materials when trying to find funding for a 3D printer. Once you receive your 3D printer, find many ideas and downloads at Sketchfab, reviewed here.
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