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Brand: MakersBrand


Producer: WNET contributor

This collection was designed and curated by Erik Rosas in August 2013, the summer before his senior year at the Hudson High School for Learning Technologies in New York City. A “maker” himself, Erik is a participant in MOUSE Corpsan afterschool design and technology program that develops emerging leadership and professional skills of select high school students from across NYC.

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


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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
  • Views: 763
  • Downloads: 11
  • Favorites: 15
Five- Cent Battery


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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+
  • Views: 240
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 20
Pitch: Making Guitars


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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
  • Views: 3421
  • Downloads: 171
  • Favorites: 172
Acids and Bases: Making a Film Canister Rocket


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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
  • Views: 501
  • Downloads: 18
  • Favorites: 57
Design and Build a Tangle-Free Headphone Holder


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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. As they work through this process, students learn about the engineer's role in finding solutions to meet human needs.

  • Grades: 6-8
  • Views: 1463
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 65
Design and Construct a Road Sign Support


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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
  • Views: 599
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 55
Electric Circuits


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Electric Circuits

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

  • Grades: 3-8
  • Views: 12898
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 121
Solar Cooking


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Solar Cooking

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

  • Grades: 6-8
  • Views: 1569
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 41
Kid Inventor: Tennis Ball Picker-Upper


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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
  • Views: 863
  • Downloads: 26
  • Favorites: 44
Making Rock Candy


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Making Rock Candy

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

  • Grades: 3-5
  • Views: 501
  • Downloads: 12
  • Favorites: 36
Air Power: Making a Hovercraft


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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
  • Views: 1648
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 117
Pitch: Water Trombone


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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
  • Views: 416
  • Downloads: 17
  • Favorites: 90
Ice Cream


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Ice Cream

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

  • Grades: PreK-5
  • Views: 447
  • Downloads: 12
  • Favorites: 115
Sun-Baked Bricks


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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
  • Views: 164
  • Downloads: 2
  • Favorites: 37
Building Simple Machines: Plant Quencher


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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
  • Views: 3588
  • Downloads: 116
  • Favorites: 148
Making Recycled Paper


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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
  • Views: 842
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 77
Making a Seismometer


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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
  • Views: 3556
  • Downloads: 180
  • Favorites: 67