Tools and Resources

About the Nest Tools and Resources

The Nest has a variety of tools to help students fabricate their ideas as well as create high quality products for projects and clubs. Below are a list of tools that are available, as well as ideas for what types of projects they are suited for.

3D printers

We have four 3D printers, a Makerbot Replicator, a Dremel Idea Builder, and two Printrbot Plays. 3D printers allow students to print physical objects from plastic filament. We use Tinkercad to allow students to create their own 3D designs.

Possible Projects:

  • Print precise models
  • Create learning objects
  • Create spare parts

Silhouette Cameo Vinyl Cutter

The vinyl cutter, or plotter, allows users to cut out shapes and vectors on a variety of materials, including paper, vinyl, and adhesive.

Possible Projects:

  • Create stencils for screen-printed shirts
  • Create shapes and letters for signs
  • Create adhesive cut-outs that can be affixed to walls and surfaces

Tool Cabinet

The tool cabinet, donated to us by Snap On, came fully stocked with a variety of fabrication tools, including: screwdrivers, wrenches, sockets, engravers, hammers, heat guns, drills, and saws.

Possible Projects:

  • Create products out of a variety of materials

Button Maker

The button maker allows students to create buttons and magnets.

Possible Projects:

  • Students can make buttons or magnets quickly to celebrate special school events and holidays.

Sewing Machines

Our 2 sewing machines will allow our students to design and fabricate wearable fashion and other accessories.

Possible Projects:

  • Bring out your inner designer by creating wearable fashion!
  • Combined with our circuits, create unique pieces of wearable technology.

Sphero Robots

Our 12 Sphero Spk+ robots allow students to control robots with ipads, learning how to code along the way.

Possible Projects:

  • Create mazes and obstacle courses that students have to code their way out of.
  • Design chariots to enhance the spheros.

Crafting & Prototyping Supplies

Our yellow bins contain a variety of crafting and prototyping supplies so students can make a beautiful object, or experiment with prototypes of products.

Possible Projects:

  • Use the supplies do design a poster or final product.
  • Use the supplies to physically demonstrate an idea or concept..

Green Screen Kit

Our green screen kit allows patrons to take pictures and video with a green backdrop that includes a frame, and two lights.

Possible Projects:

  • Create dynamic images with unique backdrops.
  • Use the supplies to physically demonstrate an idea or concept..

Other Resources Include:

  • Arduino kits
  • Little Bits – electronic kits
  • Makerbot Digitizer – a digital scanner
  • Makey Makeys – an inventions kit
  • Rasberry Pis – a tiny and affordable computer that allows you to program
  • SparkFun circuit boards
  • Wacom tablets


More resources are coming soon!