Hey am a 14 in Ms teenage boy am interested in make ing i love soldering/electronics i read make mag and assort ed blog my parents are not really completely understanding as far as material s needed or tools i don’t want to come off as a yerk or something is there any way to get materials for cheap maybe youth edu tools idk i live in Seattle WA do u know of youth club s in the nw similar to a hacker space but more teen friendly with less 40 year old men hang ing over there computer s and that my parents would feel ok letting me me there alone
Ps. I love Ur teaching method making Ur own classes i love science and math but it seems as if most science is the opposite from educational or interesting thankfully there is the internet
Interesting question! This happens to be a hot topic for us in the school system as we try to get the most for our money, especially when buying materials.
**UPDATE** Henning suggested the following video from Adam Savage discussing “Where to Find Stuff” Thanks, BTW!:
Here are some resources we use:
The “usual suspects”:
- These are our most popular electronic component distributors. Make sure you pay attention to qty. discounts as often it is cheaper to buy more of something rather then the qty. you need.
MSC – Has over 500,000 items ready to ship same day.
- We use these guys for all of our hardware, acrylic, tools, consumables, etc. as they give the school system a pretty decent discount.
- I use these guys to by 1/8″ sheets of birch veneer plywood for my projects as you can always find a 50% off coupon online of in the mail
All-Electronics.com – Has thousands of electronic and electro-mechanical parts and supplies at discounted prices.
- These guys are great as they sell “pre-owned” and surplus stuff for cheap.
Kelvin.com – Provides a wide variety of activities at a good price. Every year, KELVIN® strives to provide new and innovative products for technology education, science, robotics, electronics and pre- engineering designed to assist educators in enriching curriculum and motivating students through quality hands-on activities.
- I buy most of my balsa, kits and classroom supplies from these guys.
DickBlick.com – Is a premier art supply source for professional artists, students, and teachers, and continues to be a family-owned business.
- I buy tissue paper from here as they sell a monster pack for pretty cheap.
This is just a smattering of our resources. Below I have attached the form I use with my students for soliciting donations/discounts. When you are ready to purchase materials for you projects and they are justifiably for a school project, follow the form and see what happens!
I hope this has helped with your search and yes, thankfully there is the internet!
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“Ask an Educator” questions are answered by Adam Kemp, a high school teacher who has been teaching courses in Energy Systems, Systems Engineering, Robotics and Prototyping since 2005.