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.

  • Robot War Contest

    In this video from DragonflyTV, Karl engineers a robot, modifying and testing its "weapons" for the greatest competitive edge.

    Grades: 4-6
  • LEGO Robots

    In this segment adapted from ZOOM, cast members use computers to program a robot in preparation for the FIRST LEGO® League Challenge tournament.

    Grades: 3-8
  • Walking, Soccer-Playing Robots

    This video from NOVA scienceNOW looks at the complexities of creating soccer-playing robots.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Robot Race

    In this video from NOVA, cars drive themselves. Teams of designers using different technologies compete for a two-million-dollar prize to see which unmanned vehicle will make it to the finish line first.

    Grades: 3-12
  • GEMS

    In this video segment from DragonflyTV, a GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science) team designs, builds, and tests a robot to compete in the "First LEGO League" contest.

    Grades: 4-6
  • RoboSnail

    In this video segment adapted from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a team from the Mechanical Engineering Department studies snail movement for inspiration that may lead to new forms of robotic locomotion.
    Grades: 6-12
  • Engaging Students in Lecture and Lab

    Watch this professional development video from Getting Results in which students move from lecture to lab teams and use algebraic functions to program robots.

    Grades: 11-13+
  • Robo Arm Challenge

    In this video from Design Squad Nation, kids design and build controllable mechanical arms and use them to lift objects and play games. They also learn how NASA uses robotic arms on many of its missions.

    Grades: 3-8
  • Engineering Curiosity's Landing

    This video from NOVA: “Ultimate Mars Challenge” explores the engineering behind Curiosity’s mobility system.

    Grades: 6-12

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