Expand/Collapse Makers

WNET is a proud partner of the Maker Party, an initiative hosted by Mozilla, the MacArthur Foundation, and the National Writing Project in which people around the world meet up, learn to make things, and share what they've made online. This collection is designed to support the Maker Party by providing a one-stop shop of STEM and digital making resources that focus on the problem, technology, or process behind object creation.

Teachers can use the collection, which is categorized into design, how to (DIY), arts and crafts, robotics, and engineering subtopics, in conjunction with hands-on activities to further this initiative. Like the Maker Party, this collection is designed to encourage hands-on engagement in science, technology, engineering, math, and the arts.

  • DIY: How to Make a Clown Face

    Big Apple Circus clown Glen Heroy gives students some tips and ideas for creating their own clown faces.
    Grades: 5-8
  • Five- Cent Battery

    How much electrical power will a nickel buy? In this video from QUEST produced by KQED, learn how to make an LED flashlight battery for only five cents.

    Grades: 5-13+
  • Pitch: Making Guitars

    Watch the rubber bands vibrate on homemade guitars in this video segment adapted from ZOOM as cast members talk about pitch and demonstrate how to make a cereal box instrument.

    Grades: K-5
  • Acids and Bases: Making a Film Canister Rocket

    In this video segment, ZOOM cast members mix different amounts of baking soda and vinegar to see which combination produces the most carbon dioxide for launching a film-canister rocket.
    Grades: K-5
  • Design and Build a Tangle-Free Headphone Holder

    In this lesson, students follow the engineering design process to build a tool that stores headphones for a portable music listening device, such as an MP3 player, without the wires getting tangled.

    Grades: 6-8
  • Design and Construct a Road Sign Support

    Students use simple materials to design, build, and test a model of a free-standing structure used to support overhead road signs.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Electric Circuits

    Students model, build, and draw diagrams of electric circuits and test the conductivity of a variety of materials.

    Grades: 3-8
  • Solar Cooking

    Warming Up to the Properties of Solar Radiation and Its Uses in Our Homes

    Grades: 6-8
  • Kid Inventor: Tennis Ball Picker-Upper

    Tired of bending down to pick up those runaway tennis balls? Leang can help you out with his handy invention in this video segment from ZOOM.
    Grades: K-5
  • Making Rock Candy

    In this video segment fromCyberchase, two friends make rock candy while learning about 2-D and 3-Dshapes.

    Grades: 3-5
  • Air Power: Making a Hovercraft

    In this video segment adapted from ZOOM, cast members make their own hovercraft and demonstrate how the air leaking out of a balloon can make a plastic plate hover above a table.

    Grades: K-8
  • Pitch: Water Trombone

    This video segment, adapted from ZOOM, demonstrates how to use a drinking straw and a bottle full of water to make low- and high-pitched sounds.
    Grades: K-5
  • Ice Cream

    In this video, watch as children experiment with a recipe that makes homemade ice-cream.

    Grades: PreK-5
  • Sun-Baked Bricks

    In this video, explore how children make bricks out of molds of paper cartons, soil and ice-cube trays.

    Grades: PreK-5
  • Building Simple Machines: Plant Quencher

    In this video segment from ZOOM, Jillian explains how her simple machine uses marbles, levers, flowing sand, and a spinning wheel to water a plant.

    Grades: 3-8
  • Making Recycled Paper

    In this adapted ZOOM video segment, cast members get hands-on in the recycling process by using old newspapers to make new paper.
    Grades: 3-8
  • Making a Seismometer

    In this video segment adapted from ZOOM, cast members make a seismometer and experiment with different ways to make it register movement.
    Grades: 3-8