Throughout the pilot program we will curate resources that are helpful for the planning and development of library makerspaces. Links to these resources will be collected and organized here
Websites with Project Ideas and Tutorials
Creativity Catapult from the Center for Childhood Creativity at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, Creativity Catapult is a research-backed, expert-curated collection of activities that promote creativity skills in children ages 2-14.
Design Make Teach blog from a teacher about making and digital fabrication in the classroom.
Instructables - website specializing in user created and uploaded do-it-yourself projects. Users post instructions to their projects, usually accompanied by visual aids, and then interact through comment sections. Instructables also offers a wide variety of mini courses on topics related to making things.
Make Magazinebimonthly magazine published by Maker Media which focuses on do it yourself and/or DIWO projects involving computers, electronics, robotics, metalworking, woodworking and other disciplines. Each issue offers a wealth of project ideas.
Makercamp.com - project pages from the Maker Camp program offers great starter projects to get kids into making, creating, crafting, coding, and more, along with background on how to lead these projects with your campers to develop their Maker mindset and support them through their making process
Makered Resource Library a curated collection of resources to support maker education in both formal and informal settings
Makershare.com platform hosted by Make Magazine for makers to share the things they make and how they make them
Makerspaces.com website which offers free project ideas, as well as a shop to purchase supplies and their own books
I Like to Make Stuff - avid maker shares his projects including woodworking, metalworking, electronics, 3D printing, prop making and more!
Resources for Learning to Code
Artist. Use this as a way to have students begin coding with blocks to complete tasks to build their coding skills.
Code.org. Explore this link to find a list of resources and different activities and to sign up to participate in the Hour of Code. There are more than 500 one hour tutorials that are available in more than 45 languages.
Code Monster is an easy way to get younger students to learn more about code. Two boxes on the screen show the code and what the code does, with explanations popping up to show students what happens with each command.
CoSpacesEDU Robot Rattle. Students learn to operate a robot and the activity includes a tutorial video. Using blocks and drag and drops, students can write the instructions for the robot and then if devices are available, the robot can be seen performing the tasks as written in the code in virtual reality (VR).
Hopscotch is for use with iPads and has specific activities available for the Hour of Code but offers many options for students to create their own games or to remix games that are available.
Turtle Art. Students use block coding like Scratch but through the use of one turtle and mathematics to do the programming. Students can create their own work of art or remix someone else’s painting.
Code-it studio is for use with grades two and up and offers students the chance to program art and designs.
CodeSpark. Students up to grade five can design and code a video game using the self-paced activity available through this site.
Code an Unusual Discovery. Using Scratch and CS First from Google, students can work through on their own and create a story using code.
Khan Academy Code. For grades six and up students can watch an interactive talk-through, work through challenges or decide to do their own project. Everything that students need for coding is available directly through the website. Students can also learn to code by making a website in HTML tags and CSS.
Minecraft Hour of Code. A free Hour of Code lesson was developed by Microsoft’s AI for Earth team. In the lesson, students in grades two and up use code to prevent forest fires. There is also a free online course for educators to learn how to run an Hour of Code lesson in their school.
Robo-Restaurant Decorator. Students in grade two and up can program a robot to paint a restaurant and the algorithms must be done correctly
Tynker offers a lot of activities for students to participate and learn about coding, specially curated for the Hour of Code. Activities are grouped for students in the ranges of K-two, three-five and six plus. Options available include text coding, STEM activities, and the new UN+ which is focused on ecological issues such as life on land, responsible consumption and affordable and clean energy. VidCode is an online platform that offers opportunities for teachers to explore computer science curriculum or individual lessons related to coding. For the Hour of Code, explore the Climate Science coding activity.
Library Makers - Madison, WI librarian blogger who says "...in today's increasingly digital world, it is important to remind the public that valuable learning also takes place outside of books and libraries are a great source of person-to-person learning experiences. The learning that takes place in libraries is what keeps this institution relevant in a world where access to books is changing rapidly."