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Why 3D Printing Is Overhyped (I Should Know, I Do It For a Living)

Everyone's now aware of 3D printing — they’ve read about it in the papers, on blogs or seen it on TV. The mentality now seems to be that, in the …

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Maker Pipe Lets You Build Anything Using Cheap Electrical Conduit Tubing (video)

If you have the need to build custom stands for your 3D printer, brewing apparatus, workshop or anything else, you might be interested in a new …

Visual Development for Arduino

Users of the Visuino (Software) must accept these terms of license. If you refuse to accept the terms of license, you may not use this software, and …

The DIY World of Maker Tools and Their Uses

The Maker movement is spreading through schools. You'll see many tools becoming part of unique maker ecosystems in schools based upon teacher …

Compressed Air Rocket

Wow your friends as you send this easy-to-make 25¢ rocket hundreds of feet in the air.<p><b>Author Note:</b> Since the release of the article in MAKE Magazine Volume 15 in 2008, the Compressed Air Rocket has been popular beyond belief. We’ve sold thousands of kits and Kip Kay’s Weekend Project on YouTube has …

Mod Your Air Rocket System to Launch Gliders

The Tech Studio in the Tech Museum of Innovation is a flexible interactive space intended to inspire the maker in everyone through design challenge learning.<p>In creating Just Wing It, our most recent studio project, I wanted to draw out the wonder that flight inspires in all of us.<p>In Just Wing It, …

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At a time when public libraries are starting to offer everything from community gardening plots to opportunities to check out humans for …

Makerspaces Lead to School and Community Successes

While the Maker Movement continues to grow, it hasn't yet gained its greatest traction, which currently sits untapped in the minds of the students in …

How to Make Custom Shields for Your Microcontroller Board

Microcontrollers such as Arduinos are a great way to control your custom electronics projects. But you always need some way to connect the external components to the microcontroller board. Jumper wires can work for this, but having too many loose wires running around is just asking for trouble. A …

3 cool projects to celebrate Arduino Day

Tinkerer Tom Callaway shares three fun Arduino-powered projects on Arduino Day 2016.

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KQED

At the White House Maker Faire recently, where President Obama invited “makers” of all ages to display their creations, the President investigated a …

The Intersection of Growth Mindsets and Maker Education

I have a recent interest in both Growth Mindsets and Maker Education; and have blogged and presented on both of these topics. As such and because of …

Middle School Maker Journey: Top 20 Technologies and Tools

"It's not about the tool," they say -- but sometimes it is. In our middle school makerspace, students have been using a variety of tools and …

Take a Video Crash Course in Beginner Electronics

In 2008 and 2009, <i>Make:</i> produced a wonderful series of videos, called <i>MAKE Presents</i>, done by the inimitable Collin Cunningham. The idea was to create a series of highly entertaining, user-friendly, and informative videos that would explain the rudiments of electronics — the basic components, tools, …

MAKE presents: The Resistor

Joule Thief Battery Charger: Bring Back the “Dead”

[youtube:http://youtu.be/I8W20uwtJ3Y]<p>A “Joule Thief” is a simple voltage booster circuit. It can increase the voltage of a power source by changing the constant low voltage signal into a series of rapid pulses at a higher voltage. You most commonly see this kind of circuit used to power LEDs with a …

Build a Kickass Robot Arm: The Perfect Arduino Project for Beginners

The Arduino is a cheap, fun way to get into building your own electronics. It can also be daunting to get started. Here, we’ll show you how to get a …

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RedBoard vs. Uno

Contributors: Jimb0<p>What Is The RedBoard?<p>Arduino is one of the most popular physical computing platforms available today. It’s an amazing tool for …

How to Create the Learning Community Vital to Project-Based Learning’s Success

Project-based learning has become a hot topic as educators look for ways to effectively get students solving problems, working collaboratively and …

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How The Raspberry Pi Sparked A Maker Revolution

A Q&A with the inventor of the the cheapest hackable computer on the planet<p>Three years ago, Eben Upton needed a cool gadget to lure students to his computer science program at the University of Cambridge. So he invented the Rasberry Pi. It has since become the cheapest hackable computer on the …

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Skill Builder: Styrofoam Sculpting, Surfacing, and Sugru Skinning

Use foam sculpting and "Sugru skinning" for any creative process requiring models to explore interactions and aesthetics, quickly and at low cost.<p>The modeling technique I used in my Ergo Mouse project has 3 main steps: sculpting, surfacing, and what is called Sugru skinning. But you can apply this …

Makerclub Helps You Learn 3D-Printed Robotics

Want to make a giant 3D-printed spider robot? A humanoid help-mate? A robotic scorpion with a powerful, electrified tail? Makerclub can probably help. Created as a place for makers to come together and discuss 3D printed robotics, the service is now part commerce site, part repository, and part …

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