6 Trends From SparkFun's Community Partners in 2017

This month, SparkFun is celebrating the first anniversary of our Community Partnership Program, designed to facilitate hardware donations to applicants using electronics to build and advance their ... Continue reading

Fostering Diversity and Inclusivity in the Maker Community…One Makeathon at a Time

Break to Make is a two-day, all-women makeathon created to foster a supportive learning environment for women interested in maker culture and product design. Women in diverse fields come to the event ... Continue reading

Teaching Coding to Kids Using Raspberry Pi 3 and Scratch

With demand for computer science skills on the rise in America and around the world, it’s become increasingly apparent that elementary school children need to learn basic coding skills and computer ... Continue reading

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

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

Mentorship Program Builds Students’ Skills and Confidence

“Why did you join this program?” As I sit at the front of a circle of middle school kids on the first day of our AppJam+ program, the students in front of me begin to answer my question one by one. ... Continue reading

Process of Making Brings out the Best in Students and Teachers

STEM educators are always looking for ways to spark interest in students, especially those who may not already have a strong interest in STEM fields or may not view themselves as scientists or ... Continue reading

Interactive Mural Engages 4-H Campers in Art, Electronics and Programming

Every summer thousands of youths flock to 4-H camp, a weeklong experience of meeting new friends and learning new skills through hands-on activities. This year the Delaware County, Ohio, camp wanted ... Continue reading

10 Things a Makerspace Club Can Do for Your School

Creating a makerspace can be a daunting task. You may have concerns about what activities to choose and how you will ever have enough time to keep it maintained and organized. Why not let students ... Continue reading