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Why the 'Maker Movement' is Popular in Schools

The maker movement is a global, DIY movement of people who take charge of their lives, solve their own problems and share how they solved them. And …

Check it out: Libraries Embracing Makerspaces

The American Library Association (ALA) is wrapping up its annual conference in Chicago tomorrow. Today was “Maker Monday,” a day that showcased the growing intersection of libraries and the maker movement.<p>Makerspaces have been called libraries of the 21 century. So where does that leave the …

Connect, Create, Collaborate: A Makerspace Serving New Adults

There have already been several posts on this blog about Maker Spaces. Remember this one‘ from October where blogger Candice Mack describes her own …

Why I'm Starting a Creative Makerspace in Kisumu, Kenya

Where I live in western Kenya, we process the sisal plant for fiber whenever we need some extra money. There is a good market for sisal: we use it in …

Is it a Hackerspace, Makerspace, TechShop, or FabLab?

The past decade has seen the sudden, dramatic appearance of community spaces offering public, shared access to high-end manufacturing equipment. These spaces are interchangeably referred to as hackerspaces, makerspaces, TechShops, and FabLabs. This can lead the intended audience to become …

The 3D Scanner for Your iPad Will Digitize Reality

Structure Sensor plugs in to any iPad and makes a detailed 3D image of your surroundings.<p><b>First outfit your iPad with this smooth and</b> appropriately futuristic-looking appendage. Then point your tablet in any direction and you can get a meticulous 3D model of your surroundings. The device, called the …

3D Scanners

Microsoft’s First 3-D Printing App Is Made For The Average Joe

Recognizing that 3-D printing is an esoteric concept, Microsoft has designed its first 3-D printing app for crafty moms, bright kids, and pretty much anyone but the typical maker.<p>Just a few months ago, Windows 8.1 became the first OS to support 3-D printing natively. That essentially meant …

Libraries and makerspaces/FabLabs (FabLabCon 2013)

Presentation about the increasing collaboration between libraries and makerspaces/FabLabs. Special focus on a project we do in The Netherlands: FryskLab, a mobile library FabLab with a special focus on children & youngsters.