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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.

Design Squad: Suspension Bridge


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Design Squad: Suspension Bridge

In this video segment adapted from Design Squad—a PBS TV series featuring high school contestants tackling engineering challenges—students employ the concepts of tension and compression to build a suspension bridge without the aid of power tools.

  • Grades: 5-12
  • Views: 758
  • Downloads: 35
  • Favorites: 70
Design Squad: Truss Bridge


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Design Squad: Truss Bridge

In this video segment adapted from Design Squad—a PBS TV series featuring high school contestants tackling engineering challenges—students employ the concepts of tension and compression as they build a truss bridge without the aid of power tools.

  • Grades: 5-12
  • Views: 1498
  • Downloads: 45
  • Favorites: 76
Designing Swimming Prosthetics for a Dancer


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Designing Swimming Prosthetics for a Dancer

In this video segment adapted from DESIGN SQUAD, teams of high school kids use the engineering design process to build specialized prostheses for a double-amputee dancer who performs underwater.

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Views: 1208
  • Downloads: 43
  • Favorites: 40
Kid Inventor: Newspaper Crank


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Kid Inventor: Newspaper Crank

In this video segment from ZOOM, Andrew demonstrates how his invention helps him get ready for his paper route.

  • Grades: K-8
  • Views: 281
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 42
Designing a Paper Bridge


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Designing a Paper Bridge

In this video segment adapted from ZOOM, cast members make a bridge from a single piece of paper. Will it be strong enough to hold a hundred pennies?

  • Grades: 3-8
  • Views: 3808
  • Downloads: 109
  • Favorites: 100
Triangles: Testing the Strength of a Gumdrop Dome


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Triangles: Testing the Strength of a Gumdrop Dome

Can a dome made of gumdrops and toothpicks support the weight of a stack of books? To find out, watch this video segment adapted from ZOOM.

  • Grades: 3-8
  • Views: 2854
  • Downloads: 164
  • Favorites: 85
Triangles: Designing a Straw Bridge


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Triangles: Designing a Straw Bridge

In this video segment adapted from ZOOM, the cast tries to design and build a bridge made out of drinking straws that will support the weight of 200 pennies.

  • Grades: 3-8
  • Views: 7007
  • Downloads: 304
  • Favorites: 100
Straw House


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Straw House

In this video from DragonflyTV, Brenett, Kim, Lucretia and Omney from the Crow Nation in Montana test straw, stucco and cinder blocks to find the most economical and durable building material.

  • Grades: 4-6
  • Views: 74
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 13
Geodesic Dome


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Geodesic Dome

This video segment adapted from Building Big highlights the evolution of the geodesic dome, designed by legendary architect and inventor, Buckminster Fuller.

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Views: 660
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 43
Columns: Experimenting with Paper Cups


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Columns: Experimenting with Paper Cups

In this video segment from ZOOM, the cast experiments to see if a bunch of paper cups covered by a piece of cardboard can support the weight of a cast member.

  • Grades: 3-8
  • Views: 560
  • Downloads: 19
  • Favorites: 50
Investigating a Suspension Bridge


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Investigating a Suspension Bridge

In this video segment adapted from ZOOM, the cast builds a suspension bridge from a couple of chairs, some cardboard, and rope.

  • Grades: 3-8
  • Views: 1281
  • Downloads: 56
  • Favorites: 93
Robot Race


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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
  • Views: 932
  • Downloads: 37
  • Favorites: 103