Maker & STEM

Our nation’s continued economic prosperity is closely linked with student success in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Use these resources to explore the critical role STEM education plays in driving innovation, and how schools and districts can expand the capacity and diversity of tomorrow’s STEM workforce.

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All Maker & STEM toolkit files

A zip file containing all of the downloadable Maker & STEM toolkit resources

Afterschool Maker Spaces

Learn how to start an afterschool Maker space in your school

Funding School Maker Spaces

Familiarize yourself with the funding options and resources that can bring “Making” to your school

Make and Take

Discover what it takes to create projects made of affordable materials that children can bring home

Making the Case for Making

Use this resource to share with peers, parents and administrators

Steps to Creating an Amazing Make Space

Discover the simple steps to organizing and implementing a Maker Space

The Maker Space Library

Learn the techniques for getting a Maker mindset going in your school, starting with the school library

What is Design Thinking?

Learn more about the Design Thinking process and how it helps in questioning a problem, assumptions, and overall implications by re-framing the issue in fresh new ways

What Makes a Maker Space?

Discover the basic elements for a successful Maker curriculum

Maker Resources

See the wide-range of simple resources available to students and teachers

Enhancing NGSS Through Makerspaces

Cross-reference the Science and Engineering Practices with the Makerspace Movement to maximize hands-on learning.

Evaluating the Success of Your Makerspaces

Learn what makes a successful makerspace and how that success can be measured

Reality Bytes: Virtual Reality and K-12 Education

Virtual Reality immerses students in rich worlds to free learning from the confines of a screen.

Cracking the Code to STEM with Arduino

When teacher Casey Korder won an Arduino kit from Intel Education, it helped his school's STEM program to flourish. 

The HP Sprout: Helping STEM to Take Root in Schools

We gave one lucky winner an HP Sprout in one of our giveaways. See how she is incorporating the device into STEM lessons for her students.

Rethinking the Library Media Center

Four library media specialists share stories about transforming libraries into next-generation resource centers that students and teachers love to visit.

Dell Chromebooks and Classrooms: A Winning Combination

See for yourself how today’s teachers are using Intel-based Chromebooks to bring 21st Century learning to their students.

Math is One of Many Stars at Walter Payton Prep

Math teams and contests, exciting electives, collaborative problem solving, and a culture of experimentation and exploration make this Chicago Magnet School a very special place.

Narrowing the Divide and Nurturing Tech Experts in Sterling Morton Schools

96 percent of students at the Chicago-area Morton 201 High School District qualify for free or reduced-price lunch but that didn’t stop the district leadership from finding ways to get Dell laptops into students’ hands for one-to-one use.

1:1 Laptops Set the Stage for District-Wide Innovation

Twelve years ago, Roanoke County Public Schools (RCPS) in Virginia handed out Dell laptops to the ninth-grade students at its new high school and students attending the Engineering Academy. Today, all 5,000 high school students and 1,400 teachers in the district are part of the Dell Latitude 1:1 program.

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STEMming the Tide: STEM Tools for All Levels of Education

Utilizing hands-on curriculum is the key to inspiring our children to pursue STEM-related fields. It is vital that these lesson plans be engaging and accessible to all students.

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Reality Bytes: Virtual Reality and K-12 Education

Making learning more personalized, more relevant, and more immersive have always been  the moving goal-posts of education. Digital media has helped create infinite opportunities in terms of access to dynamic content, but it’s still, for the most part, an extension of traditional learning: groups of students watching and absorbing static information with minimal interaction.

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Making Progress: Evaluating the Success of Your Makerspaces

Download the Evaluating the Success of Your Makerspaces resource from our Maker & STEM toolkit to learn what makes a successful makerspace and how that success can be measured.

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Five Things to Know about Design Thinking

Design thinking is a pretty hot topic for teachers and for schools. David Jakes has invested five years learning design and shares his five key points to consider.

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Ed-volve or Ed-perish: The Science That Will Deliver the Future

It’s not news that the evolution of education technologies and models of transformed learning are moving at the speed of sound.

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A New Kind of Magic School Bus: Mobile Makerspaces and Increased Access

Beaverton School District’s bus #224 has been operational since 1989, but it's been given a 2016 makeover. BSD remodeled #224, painting the exterior bright colors and reimagining the interior into a “Future Bus,” filled with equipment to engage the next generation of innovators.

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Why Making Matters

Education trends come and go (and come back again), but most makers will agree that the Maker movement is more than just another trend. So why is the Maker movement so impactful?

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Need Maker Resources? Start Here!

The Maker Movement is all about options: what would you like to create? How best would you like to express that project? What materials and tools would help bring about your desired results? It makes sense then that our professional learning around makerspaces should be as equally diverse and customizable. Below, explore different mediums for growing your own maker capacity.

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Sharing Innovation with Leadership Labs

Melissa Lim shares what Portland Public Schools is doing during Instructional Leadership Academies with school leaders. 

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STEM as a Verb- 10 Ways to Set STEM in Motion

Mike Gorman explores the definitions and variations of STEM in today's schools. See this practical and powerful guide for transforming STEM nouns in to action verbs and finding a way to bring the verbs of STEM to every student!

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