As I’ve shared in the past, Instructables is one of my favorite places to find inspiration for fun, hands-on STEM projects. On Instructables you’ll find directions for all kinds of neat projects including things like automatic plant watering systems, automated LED lighting systems and alarms, and more Arduino and Micro:bit projects than you can shake a stick at.

This spring Instructables is running four contests that you and your students can enter. One of those contests is called the Big and Small Contest. The contest asks participants to design something big or small, put it together, and share the directions for making it. You can take something that is normally small and make it big or take something that is normally big and make it small. The entry deadline is May 8th. The top prize is a $500 Amazon gift card.

Whether you enter the contest or not, the concept of the Big and Small Contest is a fun one that you can use in your makerspace or similar setting.