Materials

Over time we have collected a database of materials we use regularly in the Creativity Lab. We understand how challenging, overwhelming and, at times, expensive it is to organize and order materials. There are many sources to choose from and many factors to weigh in when deciding what to purchase and stock in your Maker space or classroom.

Below are some useful links to help you in this process.

Over time we have collected a database of materials we use regularly in the Creativity Lab. We understand how challenging, overwhelming and, at times, expensive it is to organize and order materials. There are many sources to choose from and many factors to weigh in when deciding what to purchase and stock in your Maker space or classroom.

Below are some useful links to help you in this process.

 

Recycling, Re-purposing, Re-using

 

Urban Ore

Eco-friendly salvaged goods, from housewares & building materials to furniture, clothes & books. Good for Take-Aparts!

900 Murray St, Berkeley, CA 94710

 

East Bay Depot

Quirky, eco-minded resale shop with items ranging from arts & craft supplies & fabric to furniture.

4695 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

 

 

General Making Supplies

 

Kelvin

Online Store that serves public educational institutions. Good source for hobby motors, magnets, gear boxes, hardware and other mechanical parts. Also provides arts and crafts supplies.

 

 

Amazon

Has a wide variety of supplies that range from robotics, electrical, hardware, arts and crafts. Good place to look for things that you are unable to find elsewhere.

 

 

Electronics and Robotics

 

Jameco

Carries over 50,000 semiconductors, passives, interconnects, electromechanics, power supplies, LEDs and other electronics.

 

McMaster Carr

Variety of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and utility hardware.

 

Adafruit

Adafruit was founded in 2005 by Limor Fried. The company has expanded offerings to include tools, equipment and electronics. Good source for Arduino, Raspberry Pi, components for robotics, wearables, and conductive materials and accessories.

 

Birdbrain Technologies

Makers of the Hummingbird Kit, which allows students to create and program robots built from electronic components and craft materials.The Kit includes a Hummingbird controller, sensors, motors, LEDs, servos.

 

Pro-bot

Pro-Bot offers students an enticing, engaging, and hands-on experience with Logo programming as well as robotic controls.

Makey-Makey

Turns everyday objects into touch-pads. It’s a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything in-between.

 

 

Sparkfun

Sparkfun manufactures and sells microcontroller development boards and breakout boards. All products are released as open-source hardware

 

 

 

Elementary

Woodworking

Middle School

Programming – High school too

High School

Software

Equipment

Tinkering Studio Projects

Scribble Bots

Light Play

Circuit Blocks