kids in middle school

STEM Teacher Success Story #1: Amherst Middle School

Look at those smiles! When we first met Library Media Teacher, Drew Schmidle, at Amherst Middle School, he came to us with a unique problem. Not only was he using various hands-on projects in the classroom, but he was also using quite a bit of them and was unsure whether he was providing a guided path for his students to …

How to Make an Epic Lightsaber With Paper and LEDs

Everyone knows what a light switch does, but do your kids know the science behind how the switch controls the light? Teach them the “how” while you have some fun with our lightsaber paper circuit tutorial, a DIY project that you and the kids can work on together! Project Length: 30-45 minutes Recommended for Ages: 10+ May the fourth be with …

STEM Activities For Kids This Summer!

Summer is on the horizon, and it’s time to start thinking about what to do with the kids to keep them learning, entertained, and occupied while they’re on break! The good news is that there are plenty of activities out there to help foster your kids’ curiosity and build their interests in 21st-century skills in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and …

Thimble x Hackaday World Create Day

This past weekend, Hackaday celebrated World Create Day, and Thimble joined in by hosting the local meetup at our HQ in Buffalo, NY. World Create Day is one day a year where makerspaces world-wide come together to create. Hackaday, the organizer of the global event, is an awesome blog showcasing all types of cool tech projects (Thimble’s CTO/founder had a wind turbine …

What is Open Source Software?

You want to avoid paying for a program like Microsoft Word or Adobe Photoshop, so you find a pretty good alternative online, like OpenOffice or GIMP. Your alternative is free and open-source, and you might not know what “open-source” means, but hey, it’s free, right?! Open-source software is unique in that it allows its users to play a part in running, sharing, studying, …