Even with so much technology at our fingertips, the instinct to build stuff with our hands hasn't disappeared. Instead, it's taken on a new form. Enter the "Maker" movement. Blending old-school physical building with modern digital creation, making and DIY have made a splash in the 21st-century classroom. This week, we're highlighting the best apps and websites that harness the power of technology to get kids learning through making.
For project ideas, tutorials, and peer feedback, head to Make: Online and DIY websites to get inspired. STEM- and STEAM-focused makers should check out Science Buddies, especially for science fair ideas, and use MoMA Art Lab to get the creative juices flowing. To dig into coding, Made with Code and Mozilla Thimble offer authentic practice that comes alive through videos and fun, community-generated projects. With all of these tools, kids will try new things and learn what it's like to fail and to succeed -- building the confidence to keep on making and improving.