Cradle to Coder: It's a Kid Coder Week - Post three, Maker Kids!

Our final post in our Kid Coders week and also our Hardware Friday post comes from no better place to encourage our Maker Kids than... Make:!

Finding Starter Projects for New Makers (Part 1: Make & friends)

Every fall we get a new crop of schools and teachers coming to us looking for ways to get started with making. We’re developing more awesome Maker Media-made resources for you. In the meantime, over the next several posts we’re going to share the resources our colleagues in the classroom use to get students started making.

To give credit where this is due, we gleaned the links in this post and the forthcoming ones with input from many colleagues, especially Stephanie Chang and Aaron Vanderwerff.

In today’s post, we share the resources made by us at Maker Media. Don’t forget to also check out what’s happening at our non-profit sibling: the Maker Education Initiative.

Browse Make:Projects. We’ve seeded this DIY project-sharing site with projects straight from the pages of Make: magazine, and it has grown with many more submitted by our most creative readers. Every project we’ve suggested for Maker Camp is described online in Make:Projects. You can access step-by-step instructions and materials lists for hundreds of projects.Our tips for finding the simpler ones:

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  • The Kids topic page includes both the projects that young people would build and those that kids would enjoy playing with.
  • Family Fun is a good page if you have a low kid-to-adult ratio in your class or club.

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Not all our projects have made it into Make:Projects. Our bloggers regularly post inspiring project ideas, and of course there’s Make: magazine which our colleagues have carefully curated with great content, inspiring maker profiles, lab-tested projects, and regular features. Teacher Aaron Vanderwerff uses his library of Make: magazines to spark his students’ brainstorming sessions. At 42 volumes and counting, now we have enough issues to cover even very large classrooms!A few places to start:

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We recently piloted a set of five activities we called the Maker Faire Classroom Pack. Check out our one-page guides for Sculpted Circuits, Scribble Machines, Paper Circuits, LED Binder Clip Bling, and Light Up and Paint.

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We had another amazing summer of Maker Camp, with nearly 500 affiliate organizations and thousands of campers participating in the 30 days of making

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Make: Television was a DIY series produced by Twin Cities Public TV. Each of the 10 half-hour episodes inspired millions to think, create, and, well, make. Make: premiered nationwide on Public Television stations and online at makezine.tv in January 2009. Check out the breakdown of shows, and the project pack or other supplementary materials

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We know hundreds of teachers bring each new cohort of students to Maker Faire for project inspiration and an explosive day of learning. You too can transform Maker Faire into a learning lab....

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The Makerspace Playbook (School Edition) is available for free download on makerspace.com. It emerged from two years of work with 16 high schools starting or running makerspaces. Along with Virginia-based teacher Adam Kemp’s book The Makerspace Workbench, you’d have all you need to launch a space or class devoted to making...

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The excellent report A Blueprint: Maker Programs for Youth came out of an NSF-funded workshop before World Maker Faire 2012. It includes ...

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Maker Shed features a wide variety of kits perfectly suited for classroom use. We also carry books like Curt Gabrielson’s Tinkering, which contains...

[Click through for the entire post, to keep on eye on later parts and just for the coolness that is Make:]



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