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Building & Engineering

Building & Engineering

Building & Engineering

Building and engineering are critical components of STEAM learning that help students develop design thinking, get comfortable with experimentation, and build perseverance — the foundations of success in math, science, and more. Choose from standalone sets or supplementary kits that turn easy-to-find supplies into something brand new.

Building & Engineering

Guide to Cultivating Design Thinking

Master maker Diana Rendina demonstrates how design thinking and makerspaces go hand-in-hand, plus find 20 projects to start exploring right away.

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Top 8 Products for Engineering Skills

Engineering is an important STEM skill to start teaching at a young age. Discover eight engaging tools to use in your makerspace or classroom that will get kids designing, building, and using their imaginations, from building blocks to curriculum-based activity kits.

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My Students’ Favorite New Tools for Cardboard Projects

Maker expert Nicholas Provenzano saw firsthand how creative students could get when given the opportunity to create with cardboard. When he introduced Makedo tools to the mix, students took their creations to the next level.

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3 K’NEX Design Challenges

Looking for ways to ramp up the STEM learning in your library or classroom? Take a closer look at K’NEX, a popular and versatile building tool for all age groups that allows students to quickly design, prototype, and iterate. Get their gears turning with three quick challenges from Diana Rendina.

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How to Start an Engineering Club for Middle Schoolers

Learn how you can promote creativity, teamwork, and experimentation by creating a STEM club for middle-schoolers. Amanda Bressler helps you face down your fear of not being the expert, walks you through program setup, and gives you a simple challenge to get kids started.

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Teach Math & Engineering Concepts with Rigamajig

After using their geometry skills to create string art, Winnetka fourth graders supersized their projects using the hands-on makerspace tool Rigamajig. Learn how they created a giant-sized protractor and took their string art experience outdoors to apply engineering, math and art concepts.

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Your New Source for Maker Projects

MakerHub is an easy-to-search online repository of STEM activities that feature students' favorite maker tools. Join for free and start searching, downloading, and making today!

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Building & Engineering