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. For detailed lists of materials purchased, please see our individual project guidesK-4 Classroom Creativity Lab Materials, and Basic Project Materials for the High School Making Elective.

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



Chain of thrift stores supporting local charities offering gently used clothing & household goods.

16160 E 14th St, San Leandro, CA 94578



General Making Supplies



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.




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



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


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




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