Expand/Collapse Makers

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

    Follow along in this video segment from ZOOM as 13-year-old Nick explains how he came up with a design, tested materials, and constructed his own cardboard chair.
    Grades: 3-12
  • DIY: How to Make a Clown Face

    Big Apple Circus clown Glen Heroy gives students some tips and ideas for creating their own clown faces.
    Grades: 5-8
  • Pitch: Making Guitars

    Watch the rubber bands vibrate on homemade guitars in this video segment adapted from ZOOM as cast members talk about pitch and demonstrate how to make a cereal box instrument.

    Grades: K-5
  • Pitch: Water Trombone

    This video segment, adapted from ZOOM, demonstrates how to use a drinking straw and a bottle full of water to make low- and high-pitched sounds.
    Grades: K-5
  • Triangles: Designing a Newspaper Chair

    Watch the ZOOM cast build a chair out of newspaper by making good use of the strength of triangles.
    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.

    Grades: PreK-5