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Why a Makercart? 

The amount of creativity that is inspired by the invitation for a student to make is not correlated to the size of the makerspace. Here at Brilliant Labs, we know that classroom space is at a premium in many of our schools. Therefore, we have put together our favourite items that inspire classroom creativity, inside one, hard-to-damage, makercart. 

We encourage you to find a few sturdy tables, and organize every component across those tables - Make your own Makerspace! Remember however, these carts are circulated throughout the province, so please make sure that you take care of all of the makercart components so that the next classroom can have the same amount of inspiring fun as what you just did. 

Now get out there and Make Something Brilliant! 

 
Makercart Contents

Truth be told, this is Makercart version 3.0. We have carefully curated the components within this cart to maximize creativity. It is important to remember that while we have used each of these components in projects throughout Atlantic Canada, no one at Brilliant Labs has manufactured any of these products. We can offer you some support below by navigating you to the original manufacturer's website, however we encourage you to brainstorm some solutions to problems you may come up against during the use of your makercart. 

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Monoprice Miniature 3D Printer

Your students will be amazed at how well this little printer can print.

3D printing continues to be one of the most popular rapid-fabrication techniques. It's hard to believe the power of this little printer. Your makercart comes supplied with two rolls of PLA filament. Please make sure you read the user manual attached to the button below. We have printed with this printer quite a bit at our Brilliant Labs office, and once the calibration is complete, the printer allows you to actualize some incredibly detailed prints. 

Janome Miniature Sewing Machine

Don't be fooled by the size - this machine will sew!

The perfect compliment to your latest wearable electronics project. This little sewing machine has all of the accessories necessary for you to create your next garment. 

MakeyMakey x 2

You'll have so much fun with these, we gave you two.

Grab some conductive materials and your makeymakey and kiss your day goodbye as you dive into a world of interactivity. The makeymakey creates a controller for any keyboard or mouse input your Scratch program requires. Perhaps your students have already made an in-depth Scratch game; with the makeymakey, they can now create an imaginative user interface out of household items. 

littleBits STEAM Student Kit

The creativity of LEGO, electrified.

Everyone loves how easy it is to create a circuit with littleBits. These magnetically charged bits are pre-programmed for function so that your students can focus on the goal of their project. All students need is at least one blue bit (power) and one green bit (action) to create their circuit. Pink bits (sensors) change the way the green bits function, and orange bits lengthen the circuit. Feel free to integrate these into your latest cardboard creation. 

Spark Fun Inventors Kit

Introduction to Arduino

For your students who are looking for an introduction into Arduino - this is a great kit. It comes packed with all necessary components, as well as a classroom-project guide. Automated and coded electronics are coming to a classroom near you. 

The Hummingbird Duo Kit

Plug and Play Robotics / Electrnoics

We are always amazed at what students create with this kit. Students can use a variety scaffolded of languages to program the hardware. If that wasn't enough, students can upload their code to the board to offer them untethered interaction. The kit includes servos, motors, sensors and LEDs to make the most creative projects imaginable. 

mBot Robot

The cutest robot around.

You may not be able to use this robot as a fully-functioning autonomous car to taxi you around town, but this little robot can serve as the perfect model. The mBot allows your students to create complex, interactive robotics using the mBot's ultrasonic sensor and line-following sensor. In addition to the ease of assembly, the software used to program this little robot is based off of Scratch by MIT and can show your students a side-by-side version of their code in arduino. We can't wait to see what your students create. 

Raspberry Pi 3 Kit

A full functioning, miniature computer.

This Raspberry Pi Kit contains all of the accessories that your student will need to create an interactive exhibit. These tiny devices come pre-packaged with Scratch and other useful programming software. It's up to you to decide how deep you go with this product. 

Wearable Electronics Kit

Add a little razzle-dazzle to your favourtie garment!

Wearable electronics is one of the most exciting fields of electronics. When used correctly, the components within this bag combine to create an article of clothing that is truly responsive and illuminating. The learning curve on these components may be a little steeper than others. 

Snap Circuits Extreme

Perhahps the easiest way to introduce your students to electronics.

Snap Circuits have been around for quite some time. The super-sized components are great for the smallest of hands. Students can learn the fundamentals of electronics as they set their eyes on more complex projects. 

Assorted Maker Tools

All of the tools your students may need.

Just like any other field of study, one requires the right tools for best outcome. Your  makercart contains the same tools we have lying around our workbench. Your tool kit includes: wire cutters, wire strippers, soldering iron, soldering iron stand, solder sucker, solder wick, solder, multi-meter, PCB vice, and some assorted electronic parts. 

Small and Large Breadboards

Hooray for solderless electronics!

Sometimes you need to prototype an electronic project as quick as you can. These breadboards allow you to attach power, ground and any other breadboard ready component your project requires. There is plenty of space on these boards to integrate several projects. Perhaps you want to embed a breadboard within your project, simply build a 3D printer case around your breadboard and you are all set. 

Invent to Learn

The complete TEACHER guide to the Maker Movement

Dr. Gary Stager and Sylvia Libow-Martinez have been researching the effects of the Maker Movement on students ever since they studied under the Maker himself: Dr. Seymour Paper at MIT. This easy-to-read book is complete with pedagogical philosophy as well as extensive resource lists for most of the devices that you will find in the makercart. 

The Maker Movement Manifesto

In case you want to know where this movement came from...

This great teacher resource was written by Mark Hatch, owner and CEO of the Tech Shop Makerspaces throughout the United States. This exciting read takes you through the rise of the Maker Movement and how it very-well may be the next industrial revolution. 

Sylvia's Super Awesome Project Book

Your go-to source for simple Arduino Classroom Projects

If you don't know Super Awesome Sylvia, you will by the time you finish her book. This bright young-engineer has been making for quite some time. Take a gander through this book and you will be on your way to creating interactive electronics. 

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Need More Support? 

All this creative potential can sometimes be overwhelming. Never fear - Brilliant Labs is hear to answer all of your creative questions. We have a growing tutorial base over on our youtube channel and have posted some Makercart videos below. Don't see a video you were hoping for? Feel free to reach out and tell us what we are missing. 

There is also a forum area dedicated to the Makercart. Head on over there and chat with other teachers who also have makercarts. 

Jacob Lingley

Jacob is a self-proclaimed geek and the New Brunswick Program Director for Brilliant Labs. A long time middle-level mathematics teacher, Jacob travels throughout Atlantic Canada hoping to inspire the geeks of tomorrow with tales from 3D Printers to interactive clothing. Joined Brilliant Labs in 2015.