MAKING engineers requires providing students with opportunities to MAKE connections with workforce skills, math concepts, science concepts and a MAKER'S mentality. Join us for a hands-on look into classroom MAKER spaces and MAKER projects designed to prepare all students for a technical future!


MAKE It Introduction

Rule #1: "I Don't Know" are the 3 most empowering words you can say to a student if they are followed by "Let's find out"

Rule #2: You must admit that you are not the smartest person in the room - and that's okay.

Rule #3: You are no longer the giver of knowledge but must be the giver of OPPORTUNITY.

STEM Lab Make Descriptions
Here are the descriptions for each of the four STEM Lab categories including the equipment in each lab box
STEM Lab Infographic
The complexity of the STEM Lab wrapped up in one graphic
Pathways Overview
Through Pathways to a Technical Future (Pathways), we strive to provide opportunities for students to achieve knowledge, practical skills, expertise...
NPPD Electric Utility Careers-Engineer
A nice video from an engineer working at Gerald Gentleman Station

MAKE It: Techniques not just Tools

Making is more about a mentality than it is about what tools you have. 

The Maker's Mentality
Whatever you do Make it YOU

#1 - Figuring it out is an EMPLOYABLE Skill
#2 - Celebrate your FAILURES
#3 - TECHNIQUES turn into SKILLS
#4 - Share. Share. Share. Open Sourced Learning helps everyone.


MAKE It: Resources

Web links etc.

STEM Lab Shopping Guide
Here are the links to the resources included in NPPD's STEM Connections Lab
MAKER Resources
Here are a few of the sites that we utilize when we MAKE!
STEM Connection Lab
Item NameURLUnit CostNumber of UnitsTotal Estimated CostActual CostQuestions/Comments
Afinia H800 3d Printer

Sparkfun Inventors Kit Lab Pack$1,100.001$1,100.00$0.00Previously Purchased
Carvey CNC mill

$1999.001$1,999.00$2,267.98Ordered 10/30/15
SEEK Thermal XR for iOS

Smart Home Kit$249.004$996.00$1,025.95Received / added an additional Photon kit from sparkfun
Bare Conductive Classroom Pack$104.952$209.90>>received / Not worth the money
Lilly Pad lab Pack$600.001$600.00>>received
Sparkfun Sensor Kit$139.952$279.90>>Received
Sparkfun Redboard$19.954$79.80$1,064.65Received
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit

Roland GX-24 Vinyl Cutter

$1295.001$1,295.00$1,750.73Received / would just get a smaller version for a new lab
Windows Laptops — Defer to IT Department for Purchasing — $800.008$6,400.00$4,400.00Received
Sphero Robot


$339.004$1,356.00$848.68Received / after a few months replaced with mBots
Double Mobility Robot

iPad Air 2


$49.954$199.80$0.00Previously Purchased
6x8’ Cargo Trailer — Defer to Fleet for Purchasing — $4000.001$4,000.00$3,199.00Received
Additional equipment— power strips, aligator clips, containers etc.$2500.001$2,500.00$2,987.00Received
Voxel8 3d printer with conductivity


MAKE It: Procedures

Engineering Design Process & the use of engineering notebooks

Engineering Design Notebook
A foldable personal engineering design notebook
Engineering Notebook Example
Engineering notebooks are essential in many technical careers. 
Engineering Design Process
Ask. Imagine. Plan. Create. Test. Improve.

MAKE It: Examples

6 ways schools are making Makers

Shoebox MakerSpace
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-- Maker Fair Schedule
Here is the entire schedule for the Cozad Maker Fair
-- Technical Math Course Syllabus
Here is the York Technical Math Syllabus
York - Technical Math
This course begins the development of math skills for success in specific vocational/technical fields.&nbsp; Major emphasis is placed on problem solvi...
Engineering Week - Anselmo/Merna
Culturing and growing connections between students, schools and area businesses is the ultimate vision of CAPABLE. By developing youth involvement in ...
Wind Lab - Beatrice
Throughout the course of this unit, I watched student engagement increase dramatically! Many students did not know or care about wind energy when we s...
Maker Fair - Cozad
Over the course of two days, all staff and multiple community members teach 45+ different courses.&nbsp; The courses range in length from a half day, ...
STEM Lab - Bruning/Davenport
It was very exciting to see the "wheels turning" in the heads of those that would just dig in.&nbsp; It was a great surprise with the two students I h...

MAKE It: Opportunities

You are the providers of OPPORTUNITY. 

We can help!

Chad Johnson

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