Catherine Dwinal



  This page is dedicated to providing resources about the Maker Movement to educators who attended The Maker: "Getting Hands On with the Maker Mindset" at the Laconia Tech Conference 2015.



 Getting in the Maker Mindset.pptx



  Brush Bots (Bristle Bots)! Learn how even your students can make a moving robot with a toothbrush and a few small parts. 

  Makey Makey Turn anything into an instrument or video game controller. All it needs is the ability to hold an electrical current. 



  3D Doodler A handheld  3D printer that allows the user to free hand models in mere minutes.



Cardboard Challenge! A world wide day of making. Where children from all walks of life get together to build, collaborate, and problem solve.





   Invent to Learn  - Using technology to make, repair or customize the things we need brings engineering, design and computer science to the masses. Fortunately for educators, this maker movement overlaps with the natural inclinations of children and the power of learning by doing. The active learner is at the center of the learning process, amplifying the best traditions of progressive education. This book helps educators bring the exciting opportunities of the maker movement to every classroom. (

    Rosie Revere the Engineer- Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she's a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal--to fly--Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt's dream come true. But when her contraption doesn't fl y but rather hovers for a moment and then crashes, Rosie deems the invention a failure. On the contrary, Aunt Rose inisists that Rosie's contraption was a raging success. You can only truly fail, she explains, if you quit. (

     Iggie Peck Architect- Iggy has one passion: building. His parents are proud of his fabulous creations, though they’re sometimes surprised by his materials—who could forget the tower he built of dirty diapers? When his second-grade teacher declares her dislike of architecture, Iggy faces a challenge. He loves building too much to give it up! With Andrea Beaty’s irresistible rhyming text and David Roberts’s puckish illustrations, this book will charm creative kids everywhere, and amuse their sometimes bewildered parents. (



 LED Light Up Name Tags:  


  •  Individual LED bulbs
  •  Copper tape
  •  Coin battery
  •  Precut paper tags
  •  Scissors
  •  Coloring materials  
  •  String or double sided tape.
  •  Give each student a bulb, a few pieces of copper tape, coin battery, a paper tag, and plenty of coloring materials.
  •  Have them write their name and color their tag.
  •  Turn the tag over and cut a small hole or slit where the bulb will show through. 
  •  Place the bulb through the hole/slit and place the coin battery towards the bottom of the tag. 
  •  Extend the ends of the bulb in separate directions but still towards the battery. 
  •  Place the copper tape over the ends and on the battery to create a closed circuit.
  •  Tied around neck with string or place a piece of tape on to stick to chest!
  •  Wear around proudly.


 Makey Makey:



  •  Makey Makey Kit
  •  Computer/iPad with Camera Connection Kit
  •  Pre Coded Scratch Program or tools
  •  Materials with conductive and non conductive properties.
  •  Set up computer with Makey program. 
  •  Connect the circuit board to the computer via the USB cord.
  •  You can place the alligator clips on the board or you can have a student do that.
  •  Have students experiment with materials seeing which ones can be used to manipulate the programs.



 Cardboard Challenge:

      To know more about the Global Cardboard Challenge visit, 

 3D Doodler:



  •  3D Doodler
  •  Plastic Strands
  •  Flat surface
  •  Paper and pencils
  •  Plug in the 3D Doodler and choose the plastic strand to go into it.
  • As the pen warms up have students sketch our their 3D masterpieces making sure to include measurements!
  • One at a time once their sketch with measurements are done, have them take turns creating with the pen.