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WNET is a proud partner of the Maker Party, an initiative hosted by Mozilla, the MacArthur Foundation, and the National Writing Project in which people around the world meet up, learn to make things, and share what they've made online. This collection is designed to support the Maker Party by providing a one-stop shop of STEM and digital making resources that focus on the problem, technology, or process behind object creation.

Teachers can use the collection, which is categorized into design, how to (DIY), arts and crafts, robotics, and engineering subtopics, in conjunction with hands-on activities to further this initiative. Like the Maker Party, this collection is designed to encourage hands-on engagement in science, technology, engineering, math, and the arts.

  • Kid Designer: A Comfortable Cardboard Chair

    Many people have never attempted to build their own furniture because they feel it would be too difficult or too expensive to make anything worthwhile. In this video segment from ZOOM, a yound designer named Nick demonstrates his process for designing and constructing attractive, sturdy chairs from cardboard.

    Grades: 3-12
  • DIY: How to Make a Clown Face

    In this video, Big Apple Circus clown Glen Heroy advises students on the development of their own clown faces. He discusses the important of research, knowing your own face, and makeup to the creation of a clown face.

    Grades: 5-8
  • ZOOM | Pitch: Making Guitars

    Vibrations are the basis for all sound. Controlling the frequency of sound-producing vibrations is the key to creating and playing musical instruments. In this video segment adapted from ZOOM, two cast members demonstrate how to make guitars out of boxes and rubber bands, as well as how the sounds these instruments make can be manipulated.

    Grades: K-5
  • Pitch: Water Trombone

    What can a drinking straw and a bottle full of water possibly tell us about how high and low notes are produced in musical instruments? In this segment adapted from ZOOM, a cast member demonstrates that the amount of air contained in an instrument determines the pitch of the sounds it makes. Try this for yourself! This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.
    Grades: K-5
  • Triangles: Designing a Newspaper Chair

    Once it's been read, there's often little more to do with the daily newspaper than to add it to that towering stack of recyclables we collect each week. In this video segment, however, the ZOOM cast demonstrates how innovative design can turn this otherwise flimsy material into a relatively solid piece of furniture.

    Grades: 3-8
  • Painting with Water

    In this video segment, real kids learn how to make paintings on a hot sidewalk using melting ice cubes that evaporate over time. 

    Grades: PreK
  • Crystal Sparkle Paint

    In this video, watch as children make a sparkly crystal paint by mixing a few common ingredients together. Crystal Sparkle Paint is a hands-on science exploration for young children and their teachers, parents or caregivers.
    Grades: PreK-5