Part of what makes hacking a 21st century notebook so much fun is the variety of materials you can use to illuminate your thinking and engineer your ideas. Here are some of the materials we've been using and the sources and online retailers we use to organize the kit collections for Hack Your Notebook.

A note on sources: These are listed in no particular order, although the first source listed is where we generally get that item. Make sure to check out a product's dimensions/length/quantity when comparing prices!

We are working with our partner Lectrokit to update our kit selections for the new Hack Your Notebook materials — watch for updates.

See something missing? Please contact us or send us a direct message on twitter @sfnexmap.

Hack Your Notebook


Getting started with paper circuitry and the STEM and STEAM-learning with paper circuitry?  We've organized two collections -- introductory and advanced -- one for Books 1 & 2, LEDs and Pop-up, and one for Books 3 & 4, Microcontrollers and MicroServos.

Try out the materials with teaching peers and program leaders with the starter collection. 

  • LEDs & Pop-up - Illuminate Your Thinking / Engineer Your Materials

  • Microcontrollers & MicroServo - Program Your Pages / Automate Your Ideas

Follow us for updates on storefront for purchasing the Hack Your Notebook series for your classroom or educator training plans.


Power Supplies & Housing

Conductive Materials for Traces and Jumpers

Things to Activate with Power


  • Soldering station & iron - Weller is a well-respected manufacturer

  • Tweezers - Useful for soldering small components like SMD LEDs

  • Tiny AVR Programmer (SparkFun) - For programming ATtiny microprocessors

  • Transparent tape

  • Scissors