E-Sewing Tips Learned the Hard Way

A recent study by Microsoft shows that girls' interest in STEM increases at age 11 but starts to wane around age 15. I and other librarians at the Marston Science Library (University of Florida) were ... Continue reading

Boulder is for Robotics: Inspiring Student Projects

A few weeks ago I got the chance to check out the St. Vrain Innovation Center’s demo night for their robotics teams at Galvanize Boulder (through the Boulder is for Robots Meetup). If you’re ... Continue reading

10 Years of LilyPad E-Textile Projects

As we at SparkFun take a look back at the past 10 years of sewable electronics, it’s exciting to see how far this world has come. From humble beginnings as the research focus of creator Leah ... Continue reading

3 Ways to Use Pinterest for STEM Education

You may have used Pinterest to plan a themed event, design your ideal living space or curate your dream wardrobe, but have you ever considered using the social media platform to plan your Maker Ed ... Continue reading

Training Teachers in Circuitry, Coding and Creativity

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction recently rolled out new Digital Learning Competencies for N.C. students, teachers and administrators. These standards provide teachers with a ... Continue reading

Top 5 Ways to Use a 3D Printer in the Classroom

To celebrate today’s kickoff of the Maker Education Webinar Series — "3D Printing to Improve Learning Outcomes" — we’re taking a look at the Top 5 things you can do with a 3D printer in the classroom ... Continue reading

Adventures in Science: Combat Bots

In honor of the wonderful world of robotics, and the upcoming SparkFun Autonomous Vehicle Competition in October, we’re taking a look at a few tips and tricks for building a combat bot, especially ... Continue reading

MAKING a living at MAGIC

BY Kathy Strickland 9/21/17 6:25 AM
Mario the Maker Magician compares the process of learning magic with learning music. You don’t just start writing your own songs right away; you start by covering the greats and learning the ... Continue reading

Tips for Making With Learners of All Ages

MAKESHOP, an exhibit space at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, is a hands-on learning lab for families. One of the most popular activities is circuit blocks — individual component pieces that can be ... Continue reading

3 Ways to Use Conductive Fabric in an E-Textile Project

Most people only think of conductive thread when they begin to explore e-sewing projects, but there are a variety of conductive materials available to use in constructing projects. Conductive fabric ... Continue reading