We are starting a new section here, indexing resources available to allow you to create or inexpensively buy your own classroom tools.
Sugru is a mouldable silicone rubber glue or clay that sticks to almost anything, moulds like play-dough, then cures overnight. You can create an inexpensive alternative using just clear silicone caulk (like you'd use in the bathroom) and corn starch. This post covers how to make it, casting or hand forming it into different shapes,… learn more
This book by Nic Penny offers a wealth of ideas for making satisfying musical instruments from everyday and junk materials. It is aimed at children aged eight and upwards who can work on their own with occasional adult help, but many of the instruments are also suitable for much younger children. The book includes 14… learn more
Styrofoam is a great material and can be used for many things like prototyping, prop making and even RC airplanes. Cutting Styrofoam can be very tricky though. The best tool for this is a hot wire foam cutter. Benne, in the Netherlands, wanted to be able to use recycled Styrofoam for projects, and decided to… learn more
This resource provides simple experiments to ask questions and get answers, allowing your students to become scientists. Here are a set of experiments with ingredients you can find in your kitchen or laundry room. Experiments include Testing for Glucose and Starch, Which Type of Water is the Hardest, Measuring The Speed Of Sound Using Echoes,… learn more
A video showing the steps to build the platform and the gorgeous results. Check out Smartphone to Microscope for $10 on this page. learn more