MakerState Online

Can’t come to school?

MakerState creative fun and learning
is now live everyday with MakerState Online!

Your kids can create and learn from home with us every afternoon!

MakerState's Online STEM Club features live instruction and a new hands-on project every session in art, computer programming, game design, 3D design, and Minecraft engineering.

Join Zach and the team live on Zoom 3:30PM-4:30PM every Monday, Wednesday and Friday!

  • Build 3D designs in TinkerCAD for 3D printing
  • Code video games in MIT’s Scratch programming language
  • Design and code epic worlds in Minecraft

Why Online Inventor’s Club IS SO MUCH FUN!

  • Creating something new every day!
  • Learning through play, art and games
  • Hanging and socializing with your friends live
  • Fun challenges to plan, build and improve

Monday Sessions

Online STEM Club – Monday Sessions

Online STEM Club – Monday Sessions
Four weekly one-hour sessions.
3:30pm-4:30pm, Mondays
New STEM projects every week!

Wednesday Sessions

Online STEM Club – Wednesdays Sessions

Online STEM Club – Wednesday Sessions
Four weekly one-hour sessions.
3:30pm-4:30pm, Wednesdays
New STEM projects every week!

Friday Sessions

Online STEM Club – Fridays Sessions

Online STEM Club – Friday Sessions
Four weekly one-hour sessions.
3:30pm-4:30pm, Fridays
New STEM projects every week!


  • laptop or computer (no handheld devices or iPads)
  • Parent help with set up and log in, especially on first day for younger students
  • Watch a five minute video to orient you and your young engineer to Zoom and learning online
  • Live lessons online with our current instructors
  • Meeting online at current scheduled days of the week & times
  • STEM and maker learning projects as featured in our after school programs
  • Providing important continuity in our kids’ lives
  • Online learning as developed through our National Science Foundation Maker Partnership Program
  • Instructors who have trained teachers in NYC DOE’s CS4ALL (Computer Science For All) initiative
  • Provided at no additional charge to enrolled families

MakerState Online

Our daily online projects bring your imagination to life with 3D design, coding and engineering in super-fun web-based creative tools like MIT’s Scratch for coding and TinkerCAD for 3D design. We build a new project every day! What will it be? From fun toys and products we’ve always dreamed of building to new objects and applications that improve our home life and ensure a more sustainable world, we’re designing and creating the future we want to share together.

Creating within the Engineering Design Process

We start each project by brainstorming ideas in response to a real-world challenge or issue like sustainable energy, food deserts or bullying, then we design and create an object, service or application solution, test it for improvement, and iterate on our designs. From rocket ships to new community groups to new phone apps, this is how engineers and community organizers create and innovate on products and services every day.

Executive Functioning

Our daily projects introduce executive function and self-regulation skills that enable us to plan, focus attention, make decisions, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully. These abilities propel school achievement, positive behaviors and relationships, good health, and later career success. Our approach to Executive Functioning comes from the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University.

Social Emotional Learning

Our interactions together online build Social Emotional Learning (SEL) skills that enable us to understand and manage emotions, set goals, show empathy for others, establish positive relationships, and make responsible decisions, all within project-based learning experiences. Our approach to SEL comes from the pioneering SEL research and standards of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

Academic Skill-Building

Our daily projects foster skills in one or more of four academic focus areas:


  • Code the Hero’s Journey in Scratch with creative storytelling
  • Bring your favorite book to life by creating 3D models of characters and scenes in TinkerCAD
  • Create a stop-motion movie, script and scenes by coding it in Scratch


  • Create and explore geometry in both 2D and 3D settings by using TinkerCAD
  • Code flashcards in Scratch to help learn your multiplication table
  • Code scoreboards and speedometers for car races
  • Build thermometers to track the weather


  • Create a 3D models of our solar system on TinkerCAD
  • Create prey and predator ecosystem games in Scratch
  • Create a solar power cell in Scratch


  • Paper-prototype designs to start drawing projects
  • Paint characters and backdrops right in Scratch
  • Color and shape your 3D objects using dimension, perspective, and scale

Transitions for Your Students

  • Same Instructor: Where possible, your current instructor will continue with your student’s class online.
  • Themes: We’re going to continue working in the theme of your enrolled course. So whether you were in a Rocket Science, Jr. Engineers, or Minecraft Storytelling or another fun course, we’ll be building projects on a daily basis that follow along as closely with that theme as possible.
  • Technology: In as many cases as possible, we’ll be using the same or similar technology. So for Kodu Coding, we’ll be using Scratch Coding. For Minecraft, we’ll be using Scratch and TinkerCAD. Whatever, we build, it will be something new and exciting every day.

Project-Based Learning

Our students apply and show their learning in interdisciplinary subject areas through computational thinking (CT) and computer science (CS) based projects. Our students apply new skills in multifaceted ways with hands-on opportunities to think critically, solve problems, and develop important academic skills like written and verbal communication, planning, research. Important meta-skills developed include self-sufficiency, teamwork, goal-setting, and internet safety and literacy. These skills will support student success throughout their K-12 and college academic careers as well as in their personal and professional lives. Our projects focus on CT/CS-based:

  • Simulations of real-word skills, knowledge, challenges, and phenomena
  • Experiments in, and investigations of, real-world phenomena
  • Creation of unique applications that allow students to engage in and practice new skills

In every project, students will present and share their creations, and articulate and defend their project designs, research, and applications. Our projects are specific enough to give students practice in remixing and debugging key CT/CS skills and open-ended enough to be applied across the disciplines, from math to ELA, from science to art, and beyond.