We’re here to help you get started teaching and inspiring kids to be makers!

We get asked to speak at conferences a lot. There is a huge momentum in the Maker movement to reach kids as young as possible. Librarians, parents, teachers and other educators want to bring making to kids, but they just don’t know how to get started.

To address this need, we’ve been working with other members of the Toronto Mozilla Hive Network – Girls Learning Code, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Toronto Public Library.

Together, we’ve come up with 7 activity guides for teaching a wide range of Making and Digital Literacy topics. We’re currently working on 3 more, so stay tuned!

The guides themselves are free for you to use

Each guide has a complete guide on how to run the activity, and support materials such as intro presentations, code samples and more.

  • Toy Hacking (Download the module here and the materials here)
  • Arduino Rovers (Download the module here and the materials here)
  • Introduction to HTML & CSS (Download the module here and the materials here)
  • Stop Motion Animation (Download the module here and the materials here)
  • Create YouTube Videos (Download the module here)
  • Game Design with Scratch (Download the module here and the materials here)
  • 3D Printing with Maker Kids (Download the module here)

You can find an up to date list with downloads at the Learning Labs Making Makers web site.

Currently, we are working on 3 new modules! 2 of these are aimed at schools, so we’re aiming to have them ready for testing in September. They will connect with the Ontario curriculum, to give teachers fun, innovative and affordable ways to deliver maker education within the curriculum framework.

One other topic has been finalized so far:

  • Internet of Things
    Open source teaching kits for educators to teach kids and adults how to make Arduino based creations connected to the Internet.

So try out our existing modules, and give us your feedback. They’re open source, so remix them into new activities, and send those back to us as well!

We’re always looking for ideas for new modules, so drop us a line any time.


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