WEB & GRAPHIC DESIGN
Google Web Designer
Learn to create websites and animations - using more advanced tools - for free. Download, both OSx and Windows.
MAKER & TINKERING
The Kano Kit
Kids - build your own computer! Kano is a computer and coding kit, based off of Raspberri Pi, designed for all ages.
It's an irresistible collection of books, kits, robots, microcontrollers, science sets, electronics, tools and supplies, all curated by us, the people behind MAKE and Maker Faire.
Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.
Maker Education Initiative
The mission of the Maker Education Initiative is to create more opportunities for young people to make, and, by making, build confidence, foster creativity, and spark interest in science, technology, engineering, math, the arts—and learning as a whole.
The Tinkering Studio
The Tinkering Studio is an immersive, active, creative place at the Exploratorium where museum visitors can slow down, become deeply engaged in an investigation of scientific phenomena, and make something—a piece of a
collaborative chain reaction, for example—that represents their ideas and aesthetic.
CAD and 3D MODELING
SketchUP by Google
Create 3D models and drawings - of anything you can think of. Download, both OSx and Windows.
CIRCUITRY AND ELECTRONICS
The goal of the Squishy circuits project is to design tools and activities which allow kids of all ages to create circuits and explore electronics using play dough.
An invention kit for the
21st century. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the
internet. It's a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between.
A tool for making computers that can sense and control more of the physical world than your desktop computer. It's an open-source physical computing platform based on a simple microcontroller board, and a development environment for writing software for the board.
The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a
keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. We want to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming.
Where children learn programming and design thinking in a fun and imaginative
way. Tynker offers interactive courses for children to learn programming at
their own pace.
Scratch Programming (by MIT)
A highly-rated visual programming application for any age - a great introduction. Download, both Mac and Windows.
Provides tools and materials for teaching and learning computational thinking, problem solving, and computer programming across a spectrum of ages and grade levels. Download, both Win and Mac.
KODU Game Lab (Microsoft Research)
Create Video Games using object oriented programming - very popular with students! Download, Windows only.
No previous programming experience is needed! With Hackety Hack, you'll learn the Ruby programming language. Ruby is used for all kinds of programs, including
desktop applications and websites. Download, both Win and Mac.
CODE.org - Learn coding online
Learn the fundamentals of programming - great for any age or level. Online.