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5. Tools, Recyclables and Scraps
These materials may require no purchase at all! One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Recyclables and scraps from around the school — plastic bottles, toilet paper rolls, fabric, boxes, etc. — enable students to quickly build and prototype projects while reusing materials! Visit Resource Area for Teachers (RAFT) for sources and ideas.
4. Paper Circuits
Students can learn the basic concepts behind circuits in a fun and inexpensive way by building simple projects with copper tape and LEDs.
Sewing with conductive thread is another way to build “soft circuits” and spark an interest in electronics among a wider range of students.
2. Makey Makey
Give students the freedom to turn almost anything into a KEYboard while exploring circuits and conductivity.
See the Makey Makey in action.
1. Computers and Microcontrollers
Computer science is quickly becoming a required skillset. A great solution is to provide kits for groups of students to get hands-on work with hardware and also learn to program with Arduino (SparkFun Inventor's Kit), Scratch (PicoBoard Starter Kit), Blynk (IoT Starter Kit), Johnny-Five (Johnny-Five Inventor's Kit) and more!