Part of the Maker Education Initiative’s mission is to help spread the best practices, lessons learned, and research from maker programs around the world. We are working to build a database of maker education resources and research. If you have research, playbooks, curriculum, or other maker education resources that you would like to share, please contact us. (Email info@MakerEd.org.)
New 2014 scholarship and grant opportunities from Cognizant’s Making the Future Program! See the Scholarships and Grants section below.
- Maker Ed’s Young Makers Club playbook helps you start a Young Makers club
- The Makerspace Playbook http://makerspace.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/MakerspacePlaybook-Feb2013.pdf has valuable information on setting up a makerspace in schools that apply to all settings
Resources and Research
Announcing Cognizant and NYSCI’s Maker Program Blueprint
From Design Make Play’s News announcement:
NYSCI and Cognizant are happy to present this Blueprint. Inside, you’ll find resources and inspiration for creating maker spaces, fab labs, tech shops and more, right in your community. The Maker Program Blueprint offers a template for afterschool or summer programs and addresses the types of spaces that can be used, ideas about schedules and format, and the materials and personnel needed to create and sustain a program.
See the full announcement here.
The NY Hall of Science has also held several workshops looking at the role making can play in education and has produced the following documents:
- 2012 report: “Design-Make-Play: Growing the Next Generation of Science Innovators”
- 2010 report: “Innovation, Education, and the Maker Movement”
Articles/Videos About Making and Education
- “A Presidential Pat for Young Scientists” NY Times 4/22/13 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/23/us/politics/obama-promotes-science-careers-at-white-house-fair.html?_r=0
- Edutopia: “Six Strategies for Funding a Makerspace” by Paloma Garcia-Lopez (9/5/2013) http://www.edutopia.org/blog/6-strategies-funding-makerspace-paloma-garcia-lopez
- The Maker Mindset by Dale Dougherty http://llk.media.mit.edu/courses/readings/maker-mindset.pdf
- What is Making? by Thomas Good, MAKE: http://makezine.com/2013/01/28/what-is-making/
- We Are Makers Film tells the story of the maker movement by ACU: http://vimeo.com/66162292
- Edutopia: “Engaging Students in the STEM Classroom Through Making” by AnnMarie Thomas (9/7/12)
- Maker Ed: Every Child a Maker (@World Maker Faire 2012, 6/29/12)
- PBS Newshour: Can DIY Movement Fix a Crisis in U.S. Science Education? (6/29/11)
- Slate: “Extreme Marshmallow Cannons!” by Thomas Kalil (6/13/12)
Places to Look for Project Ideas
- Adafruit has tutorials that cover topics such as electronics and Arduino micro controllers, and The Adafruit Learning System.
- Instructables has user-submitted illustrated guides to a wide range of projects
- Make: Projects is a curated site of projects (also, the Kids and Family section of the Make: blog has projects specifically aimed at young makers)
- Makerbot has curriculum for using 3D printing in classes
- The MENTOR Makerspace program’s guide for creating a makerspace in high schools
- The MIT Media Lab’s High Tech Low Tech group’s workshop facilitator’s guide for soft circuits
- Sparkfun has a curriculum page with beginner/intermediate and advanced projects
- The Young Makers program’s playbook for creating a Young Makers club
- The Exploratorium‘s Tinkering Studio has a wealth of articles, activities, and an active blog
- DIY.org has a growing number projects and challenges, and the ability to share project photos.
Scholarships and Grants
- New! Cognizant’s 2014 Making the Future college scholarship program. Applications accepted October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014
- New! Cognizant’s 2014 Making the Future Afterschool and Summer Program Grants. Applications accepted October 1, 2013 through October 1 through November 15, 2013.
- Cognizant’s Making the Future college scholarship program. (2013) Deadline passed: March 31, 2013
A $5,000 design-based college scholarship. Candidates will be required to submit a 3-minute video of a hands-on project that illustrates both creativity and innovation.
- The Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity. Deadline passed: April 30, 2013
Open to high school seniors, high school juniors and college freshmen. Applicants an be from New York or Connecticut, or they can be residents of any state in the United States so long as they will attend college in New York or Connecticut.
- Cognizant’s Making the Future After-School & Summer Program Grants. Deadline passed: December 15, 2012