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Makerspaces, Inquiry, and STEM Learning: A Day of Exploration: Hands-On Tools

Some of the Makerspace Devices, Apps, and Software Include:

*The Hummingbird robotics kit allows students to create and program robots built from electronic components and craft materials. The Hummingbird is made by BirdBrain Technologies, a company devoted to cultivating creativity and computational thinking by providing flexible and inspiring products that engage students and teachers in programming and robotics.

*​Cubelets are a groundbreaking robot construction system designed for budding innovators ages four and up. Cubelets were designed to teach the big lessons behind complex systems, design thinking, and emergence with tiny robots.

*The 3Doodler Create is the latest generation of the world’s first and best-selling 3D printing pen. Compact & easy to use, the 3Doodler Create extrudes heated plastic that cools almost instantly into a solid, stable structure.

*The app makes coding easy by drawing on familiar mobile user experiences, like the emoji keyboard and texting. Coding in Hopscotch is simple, intuitive, and totally open-ended. Hopscotch’s free video tutorials help new users get started. Within minutes of downloading the app, young people can program their own games, art, and animations by dragging and dropping simple blocks of code.

*Bee-Bot and Blue-Bot are exciting new robots designed for use by young children. These colorful, easy-to-operate, and friendly little robots are a perfect tool for teaching sequencing, estimation, problem-solving, and just having fun!

*Whether you are a seasoned engineer or a child, Ozobot Bit can be as fun or challenging as you make it. Simple and intuitive to use on one side, highly programmable and versatile on the other - there is something for every type of thinker, with our tiny tinker robot.

*​Makey Makey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It's a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything inbetween.

*With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations - and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively - essential skills for life in the 21st century.

*Python can be easy to pick up whether you're a first time programmer or you're experienced with other languages. The following pages are a useful first step to get on your way writing programs with Python!

*The Lego Mindstorms series of kits contain software and hardware to create customizable, programmable robots. They include an intelligent brick computer that controls the system, a set of modular sensors and motors, and Lego parts from the Technic line to create the mechanical systems.

*As one of the earliest pioneers of desktop 3D printing, California-based Printrbot began their journey as a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2011 and were among the first companies to bring the promise of affordable 3D printing to reality.

*Whether you’re brand-new to DIY or a creative pro, Cricut will help you make personalized, professional-quality projects with ease. With our family of smart cutting machines, you can cut and create projects for use in the classroom.

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