The SparkFun Community Partnership Program facilitates one-time collaborations between SparkFun and its community partners to support the work of makers in the field. In exchange for support through the donation of SparkFun hardware, community partners provide content for SparkFun’s channels to share their stories with the maker community at large. SparkFun looks for individuals and organizations who embrace maker values of open source, collaboration, playfulness, learning at all levels, and making the world a better place. For example, SparkFun is more likely to sponsor an educator whose students are building robots for a school robot dance party that will benefit a local charity than to simply help a school stock its makerspace.
Deadlines: Ongoing—third Thursday of each month; awards announced on the last business day of each month
Makerspace Playbookfrom Maker Media outlines two basic types of maker projects: exploratory workshops where students learn basic engineering and building skills through a sampling of brief activities, and applied projects that involve multiple disciplines and drive students to extend their basic skills.
Netia McCray, an educator and founder of the nonprofit Mbadika (meaning “Ideas” in Kimbundu), has released a YouTube series for educators to share tips about incorporating the film Black Panther into their lesson plans.