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I love that students can follow steps, apply information, make observations, and make adjustments using Make. There is such a variety of projects that anyone can find something that interests them. These projects peak the students natural curiosity about how things work. Students create, evaluate and use critical thinking skill while using Make. This is something that would be a great asset to any classroom!
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This site has an amazing amount of information for design and building projects.

This site has an amazing amount of links for design and building projects. It is also a great resource for 3D printing ideas.
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Great source for the stories behind the creation of some impressive DIY STEAM projects.

While MAKE doesn't have the diversity of projects that you can find on Instructables, it does have something the other DIY site lacks: stories. This site includes personal stories that tell you about the person that created the project, and the motivation that they had for making their project in the first place. Whether it be something with real practical purpose, or just something made for whimsical reasons, the story itself draws in a different type of engagement from students. After reading some of the stories, it isn't hard to have students analyze the write-ups to begin discovering potential writing techniques that "hook" readers into a non-fiction article. If you run a STEAM program in your school, or do anything with the Maker Movement, then MAKE magazine *has* to be in your library's subscription list. This website serves as the perfect compliment to that magazine, especially since many of the projects from the magazine link to the website where there are more detailed instructions, photos and videos. You can even find links to their MakerEd store when supplies for some of the projects, or even complete kits, can be found. Like most other DIY websites, you aren't going to find lesson plans for classroom use. You will, however, find step-by-step instructions, a creative and supportive community of collaborators, and inspiration for amazing new things.
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Great tutorials to inspire minds of all ages

I first learned about Make from their magazine and I am a huge fan of their collection of works. Initially I was researching arduino based projects for small scale robotics (I built a D.I.Y. camera slider to help me create automated time lapse videos) and uncovered a wealth of interesting science related subjects. They offer great tutorials on projects that excite students, parents, and faculty. I find that students will browse the site in their free time and come up with their own ideas for independent projects. Students love to be able to apply a lesson to a hands on build of something that is just plain cool.
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Awesome projects and inspiration

Beautiful and inspiring projects abound on this website. Unfortunately, many are too complex or expensive to make in my setting (middle school lunch period once a week). I like the breadth and depth of projects available - from engineering to crafting, this site covers it all! I do not like how complex many of the projects are. It would be helpful to rate the projects based on difficulty and expense and then be able to search using those criteria. The crafting section is currently light on projects - I would like to see more, especially more simple projects that are easy for kids to do.
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A supplemental website to an awesome magazine

This review is for the Make website and not to be confused with the Make magazine. I highly recommend Make, the magazine. I'm not as enthusiastic about Make the website. It has ads. It has stub, teaser articles that give you a taste and tell you to get the magazine to read the entire story. There is good content. And the Kids & Family section seems particularly useful. However, all of the content is tech-heavy and not at all intended for technophobes. If you teach STEM, this could be a good resource. I recommend it with certain reservations.
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