Book Review: The Kickstart Guide to Making Great Makerspaces

We were lucky enough to get our hands on a promotional copy of Laura Fleming’s new book, "The Kickstart Guide to Making Great Makerspaces." Here are some of the top things we learned and reasons why ... Continue reading

Learn to Program With the LilyPad ProtoSnap Plus Activity Guide

The LilyPad ProtoSnap series is a powerful learning tool for students to explore prototyping with wearable electronics. After building confidence in making simple e-textile circuits with the guided ... 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

What is a Resistor?

Resistors are crucial components in just about every circuit, but how much do you actually know about them? We’re taking a look at this basic electronic component to figure out what they are and how ... Continue reading

Getting Started With Electronics...Even When You Have No Experience

Getting started using electronics in the classroom can be daunting at first, especially for those who have little to no experience with programming or hardware. However, the No. 1 piece of advice we ... 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

What is an LED?

It seems that everything these days has an LED in it. But what are LEDs, and why are they so popular? Let’s take a look.... Continue reading

3 Reasons the SparkFun Inventor's Kit is a Great Introduction to Electronics

  (Photo credit: Reporter-Herald) At SparkFun we pride ourselves on having a little something for everyone, from the novice to the experienced engineer. With all of the electronics kits on the ... Continue reading

Why Maker Education? And What's the Problem?

The “maker” movement in education has been a widespread topic, and as many settings move toward adopting maker programming, the question that arises for many people is: “Why is maker education ... Continue reading

What is a Breadboard?

Breadboards are essential tools when learning electronics or prototyping new designs. But what exactly are they? Let's take a closer look.... Continue reading