MAKE! CREATE! INNOVATE!
MakerSpaces in the library inspire students to become participatory learners to uncover their talents, needs, and interests by making, producing, solving, creating, collaborating and thinking. Check out these resources to get your inner maker moving wherever you are!
Cool STEM Websites
- The Big Brain Theory – Discovery Channel: Competitors on this TV show have just 30 minutes to come up with a solution to an (seemingly) impossible engineering challenge.
- Bill Nye the Science Guy: Bill’s entertaining television episodes cover everything from comets to the science of music.
- Chi Alpha Mu: Otherwise known as the National Junior Mathematics Club, Chi Alpha Mu is the younger sibling of Mu Alpha Theta. Check out its list of contests and summer grants.
- Environmental Health Student Portal: Interested in learning more about chemicals, air quality and water pollution? This website has videos, games and experiments to help you along.
- Kids Ahead: A STEM bonanza. Kids Ahead is packed with all kinds of resources, including scavenger hunts, videos, articles, links to local activities and fun events and info on cool jobs, that inspire and excite.
- MathMovesU: Hone your math skills with online games, virtual thrill rides and national competitions! MathMovesU also offers a variety of scholarships and sponsorships.
- MythBusters – Discovery Channel: The folks at MythBusters use experiments to bust rumors, myths and urban legends.
- Sally Ride Science: Founded by America’s first female astronaut, Sally Ride Science hosts a number of student programs, including science festivals and overnight camps.
- Science Bob: Bob is a science teacher who loves to experiment (often on Jimmy Kimmel). His website has videos, links and plenty of ideas for build-your-own experiments and science fair projects.
- SciJinks: It’s all about the weather. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) and NASA put together this educational website to teach kids about meteorology and earth science. Check out their games section.
- Scratch: Designed for kids age 8 to 16, Scratch is a place where you can program your own interactive stories, games and animations. A project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab.
STEM Games and Apps
- Auditorium: The Online Experience: Auditorium is a beautiful and challenging puzzle with many different solutions. One game reviewer called it “part puzzle game, part light sculpture, part musical instrument.”
- CSI: Web Adventures: Based on the T.V. series, this immersive adventure allows you to solve your own forensics case. Levels range from beginner to advanced.
- DimensionU Games: DimensionU has developed lots of games that tackle STEM skills. Use math to reveal the mysteries of Xeno Island or join forces in a race to disengage a bio-digital virus.
- Gamestar Mechanic: Learn to design your own video game! Explore game-based quests and take courses to build your skills.
- Machinarium: An incredibly slick point-and-click adventure game. You’re a robot who’s been tossed on a scrap heap and must solve a series of puzzles to make it back to the city, save the girl and beat the bad guys.
- Mathemagics Mental Math Tricks: Amaze friends and parents with these quick (but impressive) mathematics tricks.
- Minecraft: Minecraft is a popular 3-D block-building game that pushes your imagination to the limits. Protect yourself against nocturnal monsters or a build a giant one-of-a-kind creation.
- National Geographic Games: Journey deep into the nano-world. Build the greenest city in the universe. Prepare for the apocalypse. Some of these games are free; some must be purchased.
- Portal 2: A mind-bending action adventure game built around physics principles and environmental puzzles. Navigate portals and battle against a power-crazed artificial intelligence named GLaDOS. Suitable for teens.
- Quantum Conundrum: Your uncle has disappeared. He’s left his Interdimensional Shift Device behind. And his house just got very weird. Welcome to the physics-based puzzle game known as Quantum Conundrum.
- Robots for iPad App: Everything you want to know about robots in one easy app. Robots for iPad has 360-degree views, lots of articles and specs and hundreds of photos and videos.
- You Can Do the Rubik’s Cube: You knew there had to be a game completely devoted to it. Unlock the secrets of the world-famous Rubik’s Cube.
- MaKey MaKey Website
- Quick Start Guide
- MaKey MaKey Gallery
- MaKey MaKey MIT
- Experimenting with Makey Makey Video
- Christmas Card Makey Makey Video
Learn To Code
- Code Monster
- Scratch Video Tutorials
- Scratch Jr.-access on an ipad
- Turtle Art
- Learn to Code HTML & CSS
- Khan Academy Computer Programming
- Making Conductive Dough
- Making Insulating Dough
- Building Squishy Circuits
- Squishy Circuit Video Tutorials
- Super Sylvia Squishy Circuits
Sphero 2.0 Robotic Balls
- 8 Free Online Networking Classes
- 10 Places to Find Free Computer Networking Tutorials
- Free Online Cisco Training
- Professor Messer’s N10-004 CompTIA Network+ Training Course
- Online CCNA and IT Tutorials