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 where we get them from.

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 work with our partner Lectrokit where you can order materials for the Hack Your Notebook Series.

See something missing? Please contact us or post to our G+ community!

Hack Your Notebook

Getting started with paper circuitry and the STEM and STEAM-learning opportunities these materials offer?  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. 



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