This past summer, NEXMAP and CV2 partnered with Educator Innovator to offer Hack Your Notebook Day on July 9th. This program was part of Summer to Make, Play and Connect, a MacArthur Foundation-sponsored initiative powered by theNational Writing Project and the Mozilla Foundation. We had the chance to support be educators and learners of all ages with activity kits and resources as they explore how 21st century notebooking can engage youth in creative STEM learning.

We're planning more pop-up events and design challenges like Hack Your Notebook Day so if you’re new to paper circuitry or slinging copper tape like a pro, be in touch; we'd love to have you joinus for another day of coast-to-coast notebook hacking! 

Check out our hashtag -- #HYNB2014 -- to see some of the activity from last summer's activities.

7/9/14 Live Webinars

Join us for a day of notebook hacking, making, tinkering, learning and reflection. We’ll be speaking with educators, youth and makers across the world about why paper circuitry and notebook hacking is important. In addition to these conversations, we’ll also have an open hangout for you to drop-in and share your own notebook hacks and ask questions of the team. Bring your projects and share them with #HYNB2014. 

Schedule (all times Pacific)


Take your notebook to the next (power) level by adding a dedicated battery and built-in power leads. Illuminate your thinking and highlight your best ideas with circuit sticker LEDs. Experience the deep engagement and learning experience that comes with making and tinkering with your team. Share what you made with the larger community of notebook hackers on our Google+ group or on Twitter (#HYNB2014).

Our activity cards will walk you through how to do the following using the circuit stickers and other materials in CV2’s Hack Your Notebook Kit:

  • Design a simple circuit illuminating one light

  • Design a parallel circuit illuminating multiple lights

  • Design a circuit that includes a mechanical switch

  • Hack a notebook to include a dedicated power source that can be tapped anywhere in the notebook

We’ll provide downloadable and printable activity cards, troubleshooting tips and remix ideas. You bring your notebook, additional art supplies and your imagination.

Participating Sites


We'd like to thank the following individuals for their continued collaboration and support: Jie Qi of the MIT Media Lab; Natalie Freed of Lick-Wilmerding High School; Paul Oh and Elyse Eidman-Aadahl of the National Writing Project; Kim Douillard of the San Diego Area Writing Project; Lou Buran and Peter Kittle of the Northern California Writing Project; Kevin Hodgson of the Western Massachusetts Writing Project; Dr. Larry Hovarth of San Francisco State University; and Dr. Susan Spero and her Museum Education class at JFK University.

Hack Your Notebook Day is brought to you by: