Inspire students of all ages to enjoy STEM when you let them loose in a creative makerspace! These ten hands-on engineering projects encourage innovation and don't require complicated materials.

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Enabling Exploration

Makerspaces are popular collaborative community spaces where people of all ages can put science and engineering to creative use. With an array of materials available, a visit to a local makerspace is an invitation to play with science and engineering and really see how things work.

You may have a makerspace in your school or at the library, or maybe you have an area of your classroom dedicated to maker activities students can explore or certain days of the week on which you turn the room into a makerspace. With a few materials and a surface to work on, garage or basement spaces can easily be recast as home makerspaces, too!

Not every makerspace will have high-tech tools like a 3D printer, but you don't have to have expensive materials to start up your own makerspace. With an assortment of craft supplies, electronics parts, and recycled materials, you can set up a makerspace full of inspiring STEM that kids can explore.

Bookmark or pin these projects to add to your makerspace!

Free projects for your makerspace

Try one of these ten STEM projects for creative hands-on science and engineering with a DIY "maker" flair:

  1. Build a Wind-Powered Car
  2. Junkbots: Robots from Recycled Materials
  3. Duplicate Your Drawings with a Machine
  4. Build a Paper Roller Coaster
  5. Build a Robot Hand
  6. Make a Cotton Ball Launcher
  7. Make Your Own Harmonica!
  8. Make a Night-Light
  9. Make a Paper Circuit
  10. Build a Paper Speaker

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