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Apps and Websites for Makers and Creators

Making something from scratch is a great skill to have. It requires confidence, imagination, and ingenuity. For students who are into making new creations, these terrific apps and other digital tools can help them develop their creative chops while building practical, hands-on skills.

MoMA Art Lab Publisher: MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art
Interactive projects, cool prompts, and famous works inspire creation
Grades 1-8
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Wizard School Publisher: Duck Duck Moose
Curated videos and creative challenges ignite active learning
Grades 2-8
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 5
3D Slash Visit Website: http://www.3dslash.net
Minecraft-like 3-D modeling (and printing) made super easy for all ages
Grades 2-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Design Squad Nation Visit Website: http://pbskids.org/designsquad
Classmates can compete to solve fun engineering problems
Grades 3-8
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
DIY Visit Website: http://www.diy.org
Design, build, and share new things offline and online
Grades 3-10
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
KidsThinkDesign Visit Website: http://www.kidsthinkdesign.org/index.html
Projects inspire creativity; a place for kids' sharing would boost fun
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Made with Code Visit Website: https://www.madewithcode.com/
Inspirational videos and fun projects entice girls to start coding
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Science Buddies Visit Website: http://www.sciencebuddies.org
A magic wand for those seeking science project support and success
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
123D Sculpt+ Publisher: Autodesk
Easy-to-use 3-D sculpting app works well on tablet, mobile
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Autodesk Design Academy Visit Website: http://academy.autodesk.com
Outstanding project-based tutorials for popular engineering software
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Instructables Visit Website: http://www.instructables.com
Endless collection of DIY projects; good for sharing and inspiration
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
SketchUp Visit Website: http://www.sketchup.com/
Make learning meaningful through 3-D design
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Tinkercad Visit Website: http://www.tinkercad.com
Amazingly simple yet powerful and flexible online CAD tool
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Make: Online Visit Website: http://makezine.com/
Fuel creative makers with project ideas, reviews, and community
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4