Do It Kits : Maker Kits Aiming to Close the Gender Gap in STEM
May30

Do It Kits : Maker Kits Aiming to Close the Gender Gap in STEM

Would you like to make an electric guitar and learn about the physics of sound? How about making a game with a huge red button to explore coding or human nervous systems and the ethics of experimenting on humans? These new kits from educational startup Do It Kits allow you to do just that. Do It Kits have launched a new range of innovative educational maker products designed to encourage more children, especially girls, to engage with...

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Create Robots with Robot Wars and BBC Microbit
Mar06

Create Robots with Robot Wars and BBC Microbit

The return of Robot Wars to BBC 2 this week provides a good opportunity to harness the enthusiasm surrounding the show to inspire children to build and code their own robots. This mini site from the BBC contains plenty of resources and tutorials to inspire children to code and create robots using the BBC Microbit. Children can make a micro:bot, a maze travelling robot or even a papercraft robot! There’s even information on...

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Get a new Maker Project every month with Creation Crate
Jan13

Get a new Maker Project every month with Creation Crate

Creation Crate is a very interesting project that aims to get more people making and tinkering with simple, fun electronics projects. The ethos of Creation Crate is that anyone can learn the basics of building electronics. They want people to see that it’s not as complex as they think it is. It’s a subscription service, for a regular fee they will send out a box every month. You can subscribe for just a single month, or...

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Dremel 3D40 Idea Maker 3D Printer : Hands On
Dec01

Dremel 3D40 Idea Maker 3D Printer : Hands On

3D Printers have been getting more popular in the last few years, as the price has dropped enough to make them a sensible purchase for schools and the home. I’ve already documented our initial journey into 3D printing last year with a printer that we built from a kit. I’ve recently been approached by Dremel to see if I wanted to try out their new Dremel 3D40 Ideas Maker printer, so here’s how I got on. The Techie Bit...

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Morphi – Design Models for 3D Printing on an iPad
Jun08

Morphi – Design Models for 3D Printing on an iPad

Morphi is a 3D modelling app for all where children can create 3D models on an iPad which can then be sent to a 3D Printer to be turned into a real object. The Morphi app contains all the tools you’d expect from 3D modelling software – add shapes and text then combine them to gradually produce your 3D object. A few examples are provided so you can see what’s possible. Pinching and zooming to move about the canvas...

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Squishy Circuits : Fun with Electrical Dough
Apr04

Squishy Circuits : Fun with Electrical Dough

Squishy circuits allow for a fun blurring of science and art. Children can create fun circuits as easily as rolling out lengths of dough. This can be a lot more interesting than playing with regular electrical components, and not a crocodile clip in sight! Regular play dough is a salty substance. The salt allows electricity to flow through the dough. If you make a dough that substitutes sugar for salt it becomes an insulator instead....

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LittleBits – A Simple Electronics Kit for Young Makers
Feb21

LittleBits – A Simple Electronics Kit for Young Makers

littleBits is a really simple way to get children (and grown ups) into making and designing their own electronic devices. The littleBits library includes 10 kits and nearly 70 interoperable modules, with each module snapping together easily using magnets. No soldering, no wiring, no programming, just snap together for prototyping, learning and fun. It’s impossible to connect them up wrong! I’ve just bought myself a...

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Lego WeDo 2.0 Launched for Primary STEM Projects
Jan25

Lego WeDo 2.0 Launched for Primary STEM Projects

One of things I was most interested in seeing at BETT last week was the new Lego WeDo 2.0 robotics kit for primary school students. Just like the older WeDo kits, the new Lego WeDo 2.0 is aimed at introducing students to robotics, engineering and coding.  Designed for primary school classrooms, the WeDo 2.0 Core Set, Software and Get Started Project is a hands-on solution that ignites pupils’ curiosity, enhancing their skills in...

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3D Printing for KS1 with Purple Mash 2Design and Make
Jan14

3D Printing for KS1 with Purple Mash 2Design and Make

If you haven’t seen it before, Purple Mash is 2Simple’s creative online space for primary school teachers and learners. It is a cross-curricula resource packed with open-ended creative tools and themed curriculum resources. Many of the tools are brilliant for very young children, and give them an easy route into being creative using technology. One of the many tools inside Purple Mash is called 2Design and Make. This lets...

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Building a DIY Gamer Kit from Technology Will Save Us
Jan03

Building a DIY Gamer Kit from Technology Will Save Us

Technology Will Save Us is a new education technology start-up. They are on a mission “to provide families, educators and young people – of all ages, backgrounds and interests – new opportunities to learn and create using technology.” Their kits include plant watering kits, DIY loudspeakers, synthesisers and hand held games. They also provide a pack for making your own “squishy circuits” with electro dough. A few months ago, they very...

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Technology Will Save Us : DIY Kits for Young Makers
Oct11

Technology Will Save Us : DIY Kits for Young Makers

Technology Will Save Us is a new education technology start-up. They are on a mission “to provide families, educators and young people – of all ages, backgrounds and interests – new opportunities to learn and create using technology.” They do this by producing some fantastic maker kits to inspire children to see technology as a tool for solving problems and making things with; equipping them with the skills that are...

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Hack your iPad with The Everything Machine App
Aug28

Hack your iPad with The Everything Machine App

The Everything Machine is a rather cool maker app that allows children to create simple instructions to hack the sensors in your iPad to create something much more fun. Using the simple visual programming language it’s possible to combine your device’s camera, microphone, speakers, gyroscope, and screen to make a light, a stop-motion camera, a kaleidoscope, a voice disguiser, a cookie thief catcher, or anything else you can...

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