Resources

The Resources page highlights a variety of information and tools to assist you in planning for NJ Makers Day, including a calendar of maker events throughout the year in NJ, links to maker projects and ideas, guides for facilitating programs in your location, printable activities, and ideas for local partnership.

Printable Activities and Handouts

NJ Makers Day Coloring Page NJ Makers Day Robot Maze
NJ Makers Day Ultimate Maze NJ Makers Day Word Find
NJ Makers Day Ultimate Word Find NJ Makers Day Button Template 1/2"
NJ Makers Day .STL File (For 3D Printing) NJ Makers Day Feedback Form

Making and Tinkering Projects and Ideas

  • 5eBoard - 5eBoard education kits use LEGO-like building blocks to construct electronic projects. No soldering is involved and all components can be used repeatedly for either different user groups or projects. This system is suitable to all users at all levels, including students and professionals. 5eTek is the innovator behind 5eBoard.
  • littleBits - littleBits is a platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks that empower you to invent anything, from your own remote controlled car to a smart home device. The Bits snap together with magnets, no soldering, no wiring, no programming needed.
  • DIY: The Most Awesome School for Kids - DIY is a safe online community for kids to discover new skills, meet friends who are geeks just like them, and be awesome.
  • Instructables - From cooking to 3d printing, to making just about anything fly, Instructables is the recipient of countless hours of tinkering, soldering, stitching, frying, and fun, making just about anything. This is a place that lets you explore, document, and share your creations. Projects include a wide range, including Engineering for Kids.
  • MAKE Magazine - A digital publication from Maker Media, a global platform for connecting Makers with each other, with products and services, and with our partners. Through media, events and ecommerce, Maker Media serves a growing community of Makers who bring a DIY mindset to technology. Find some project sets that are good Introductions to Making here. Also, take a look at the MAKE YouTube Channel.
  • Make It @ Your Library - A website put together by a grant-funded library program with the intention of helping librarians realize makerspace projects in their communities. The projects found on this site come directly from Instructables and are vetted by librarians.
  • Hackaday - Hackaday is a website and online community that educates, inspires and celebrates the art of hacking, striving to promote the free and open exchange of ideas and information.
  • How to Smile - A site compiling the best of science and math web resources. Find handpicked activities from science museums, public television stations, universities, and other educational organizations. (All activities are available to anyone, free of charge.)
  • Community Science Workshop Network - The intention behind the CSW Network is to provide opportunities for youth to tinker, make, and explore their world through science in under-served communities. Started in California, the Network has now developed into an organization that fulfills a need for an ongoing funded support infrastructure dedicated to sustaining and replicating the CSW model of education nationwide. **Find tons of activities at the CSW Project Database, browsable by project type, STEM content, intended age group, or amount of estimated time involved.
  • Engineering is Elementary - EiE® is a project of the National Center for Technological Literacy® at the Museum of Science in Boston. The organization addresses the need for STEM education through curriculum development and dissemination, professional development for teachers and teacher educators (serving grades K-8), and educational research and evaluation. Engineering Adventures features curriculum created for kids in grades K-5, and Engineering Everywhere is focused on education and activities for middle school-aged children.
  • The Tinkering Studio - The Tinkering Studio is primarily an immersive, active, creative place on the floor of the Exploratorium, a museum of science, art, and human perception located in San Francisco, but whenever they can they use this platform to share projects, activities, and developing ideas following an “open source” model.
  • Getting Hands On with Soft Circuits - This is a workshop facilitator's guide (PDF) written by Emily Lovell. The activities included in the guide assume no prior knowledge of circuits, sewing, or design. The guide was developed with the intention to be used with middle and high school students in informal leraning environments. Most of the activities take about two hours, and each one is built on the one before it. (Includes further resources at the end of the publication.)
  • SparkTruck - SparkTruck is an educational build-mobile! These tool cards provide a guide for educators about the kind of tools you might find on SparkTruck and what to do with them, including activities using laser cutters, vinyl cutters, hot glue guns, 3D printers, clay oven, laminators, simple circuits, and more.
  • Open Educational Resources Commons - OER Commons is a dynamic digital library and network where you can explore open education resources and join a network of educators dedicated to curriculum improvement.
  • Sylvia's Super-Awesome Maker Show - A DIY webshow with how-to videos on lots of cool projects, some fun printable handouts, and more.
  • Maker Kits: Lendable Maker Tools for LMx Libraries - The Libraries of Middlesex supports a kit-lending program to member libraries in Middlesex County, NJ. Find a list of some Maker Kits Projects using these kits for inspiration!

Facilitating Making and Tinkering Programs

  • New York Hall of Science Maker Blueprint - 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. This blueprint was prepared by NYSCI and Cognizant.
  • PACE-ing Yourself When You're Learning - From Active Learning, a blog by Kristin Fontichiaro about learning, teaching, making things, and libraries.
  • MakerBridge Blog - MakerBridge is a community for anyone interested in the maker movement and makerspaces, especially in libraries and schools. Explore the site for resources, reviews, and their weekly blog.
  • Mapping New Makers' Learning Paths - A blog post from MAKE Magazine, written by Michelle 'Binka' Hlubink, the Director of Custom Programs for Maker Media who oversees publications, outreach, and programming for kids, families, and schools. Before joining Maker Media in 2007, she worked at the Exploratorium in Mitchel Resnick’s Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, and as a curriculum designer for various publishers and educational researchers.
  • Library as Makerspace - A blog maintained by the public library in the seaside community of Duxbury, Massachusetts. With just a staff of 20, they offer programming for all ages in multi-purpose spaces.
  • LRNG Maker Educator - A set of articles and resources curated around Tinkering and the Maker Movement for educators
  • Educators Guide to Design Thinking - A nice set of slides and graphics detailing the elements of the Design Thinking model
  • Young Makers Maker Club Playbook - A rich resources document with templates, resources, strategies, projects and more for starting a maker club
  • Maker Program Starter Kit from Autodesk - An extensive resources guide to building, developing and cultivating a maker program at your institution. Many great templates available as well for planning and assessment.
  • MakerEd.org - National non-profit dedicated to providing information, resources, support and research for making in formal and non-formal education. See their Resources page for a great digital library of materials which may be useful to you.
  • TechShopz in a Box - A great collection of workshop cirriculum for running 1-3 hour technology and maker workshops

Partnerships

Need ideas for who to partner with in your community? Check out some these organizations and contact the location nearest you today!

  • Boys and Girls Club of New Jersey
  • United Way of New Jersey
  • New Jersey 4-H
  • Local schools - Teachers can be a great resource for assistance (specifically with STEM-based making). You can also find out if your local elementary or secondary schools have science, STEM, technology, or industrial arts clubs with which you could collaborate. Also, consider contacting your local community college or university for instructors or students who may be interested in leading programs, donating expertise, or speaking to a groups at your facility.
  • Local churches and others operating out-of-school programs
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Local Rotary Club
  • Local Kiwanis Club
  • Local hardware and/or art supply stores - Some locations may be willing to sponsor a program by offering a discount or donating supplies you may need for a specific project.
  • Local recycling department - You would be amazed the materials you could get your hands on to create things from upcycled materials!
  • Library Friends groups - NJMD could be a great pitch for your local friends group to support a program tied into a larger statewide initiative
  • Local small businesses and artisans - Consider asking local business owners or artisans to demonstrate their process at your site at NJMD, or to talk about their process and bring some of their raw materials or finished product and take people "behind the scenes."
  • Local banks - Many local bank branches are given small amounts of money specifically designed to be used for community projects - let them help fund yours!

Have additional ideas for partnership or sponsorships? Are you, or have you, developed any local unique partnerships or sponsorships in working on this event? Please let us know! Need help with identifying or cultivating partners or collaborators? Contact us today!