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How Do You Engage Both Boys AND Girls in Making?

<i>[Editor’s Note: This inspiring story was sent in by a member of our maker community, who also generously shared their software, circuit diagrams, and PowerPoint presentations so others can benefit from their experience in cooperative creativity — which, QED. Have you got a story you’d like to</i> …

Makerspaces

Made in Baltimore: Select the Best Software for Your Makerspace

In our last Made in Baltimore post, we discussed all of the hardware that will make Open Works hum. However, without the right software, much of that hardware is a lot less useful and some of it is downright useless. Even folks working with traditional fabrication methods are increasingly reliant …

Makerspaces

Build a Retro Gaming Console with Raspberry Pi

Nostalgic for Atari, Nintendo, Sega Genesis, and arcade games? With RetroPie, a software that organizes all your games into one easy-to-navigate place, a Raspberry Pi, and a USB gaming controller you can be playing the classics in less than an hour.<p>The RetroPie software builds off of the Emulation …

How to Use a Speed Square

In this tutorial, we’re going to take a quick look at the speed square, a tool that you may already have, but may not fully understand. While made for framing carpentry, a speed square can be indispensable in a lot of measuring and marking situations. Let’s have a look.<p>What is a Speed Square?<p>A …

Hacked Machine Knits Custom Mathematical Scarves

Fabienne “fbz” Serriere, a Seattle-based hardware hacker and an avid hand knitter, has been artfully transforming algorithmically-generated patterns into unique scarves and wraps made from high-quality Merino wool with her knitting machine, the KnitYak.<p>Fabienne’s journey started in 2011 when she …

Knitting

Create Instant Clouds in a Soda Bottle

After the recent flooding here in the Midwest, I can tell you that some of us just want to see that glorious sunshine stick around for a while. But if you’d still like to see a little cloudiness in your day, you can get your fix by making these instant clouds — right in the comfort of your own …

Atoms

Build a Drawbot from Two CD Drives and a Raspberry Pi

You may not know it, but your old computer CD ROM drive is a treasure chest of useful components. Inside you’ll find stepper motors, rare earth magnets, bearings, and coils. It’s enough futuristic-looking greeblies to construct your own Star Wars prop, or maybe even your own portable CNC drawbot.<p>To …

Raspberry Pi

Maker’s Dashboard

A. LED Matrix Tachometer<p><b>Materials:</b> Arduino + OBD-II TTL adapter + LED matrix <b><br>Cost:</b> $100<br>Monitor your engine’s RPM and improve your manual shifting precision with a breakout LED tachometer.<p>B. Car Diagnostic Display<p><b>Materials:</b> Raspberry Pi + TFT shield + OBD-II Bluetooth adapter + Bluetooth 4.0 adapter</b> …

Make LED Greeting Cards Without Soldering

Electronics greeting cards are a great, approachable project for beginners to assemble in under an hour.<p>You won’t need to plug in a soldering iron, since these cards are wired using a special conductive foil tape. Not only is this tape conductive, it’s super sticky and it remains conductive even …

Hypnotic Circular Knitting Machine Weaves Yarn Like Magic

Knitting is a popular needlecraft, but it can get tiring knitting larger pieces. Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet came up with a clever way to automate the process with this open source, open design, 3D printed circular knitting machine called the Circular Knitic. This idea didn’t just come out of …

Make Your Own Reusable Casting Molds with this Putty Recipe

Casting molds are a pretty handy thing to have around, especially if you’re in the habit of playing with resin or liquid polymer clays. If you’ve ever longed for a custom mold of your own, this easy-to-follow molding putty recipe is a great place to start! It uses readily-available ingredients from …

National Maker Faire: GrowBox

Maker Faire

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 …

CrazyFlie: Tiny Open Source Quadrotor

This Tiny Home Is a Grown-Up Treehouse

Most people would put treehouses in the realm of “childhood dream projects,” but Geoff De Ruiter might change a few adult minds. Geoff’s beautiful scratch-built treehouse is more like a tiny tree-home, complete with living room, kitchen, bathroom, and two sleeping areas. Geoff also built most of …

Treehouses

Beautiful Moccasins Made By Hand At Home

Shopping for shoes is a necessary evil for some, and<p>an addiction a hobby for others. Still others, presumably a small minority, choose to instead make their own shoes. The creator of this pair claims to not be a cobbler or much of a leather worker, but “simply started making shoes one day.” …

Shoes

DIY Greenhouse Designs Ideas Plans & Pictures

0<p>65<p>2<p>Poly Sheeting Greenhouse<p>The most important component of any structure design is the greenhouse cover because it plays a key role in heat …

3D Printing Tips: Calibrate Your E-Steps

A very common problem found in 3D printing is that your E-Steps aren’t perfectly dialed in. This can result in little bulges or spots that are too thin. Most 3D printer manuals suggest that you check your E-steps when you begin, but the description of how to test can be a bit confusing sometimes. …

Finding Starter Projects: Free Software for Making

Learners and teachers have so many free options at their fingertips, we find that fewer are buying the higher-priced software. Just like with all kinds of making, with software these days you can do a lot with a little. Years ago, the costs of new software, especially those used by creative …

Finding Starter Projects for New Makers (Part 1: Make & friends)

Every fall we get a new crop of schools and teachers coming to us looking for ways to get started with making. We’re developing more awesome Maker Media-made resources for you. In the meantime, over the next several posts we’re going to share the resources our colleagues in the classroom use to get …

Mapping New Makers’ Learning Paths

A few years ago I was at an Open Make at the Lawrence Hall of Science, and as I listened to Garratt Gallagher of what was then called Hacker Scouts (since renamed Curiosity Hacked), a slide popped up of something I’d been imagining in my own head for months: a map of the terrain of making. He …

Inexpensive DIY Loom

Shares 18K<p>My Pinterest account has been woefully neglected the past 50-60 days. You see I’ve been busy living life and spending time with my family. …

Wall Art

Free pattern: Smart Like a Fox book bag

Free pattern: Smart Like a Fox book bag<p>Heather from The Sewing Loft shows how you can make this Smart Like a Fox book bag, perfect for toting books …

Homemade Vicks Shower Tablets - Essential Oils Based Cold Relief

In a mixing bowl, combine baking soda and water until the mixture forms a thick paste. It should be so thick that you have some of the mixture on a …

The Riveting Results of a GoPro Video Apparatus Workshop

Looking for creative ways to capture some action with your GoPro camera? Take a gander at what these industrial design students came up with during a workshop run by dutch designer Roel Wouter of Moniker at The ECAL University of Art and Design in Switzerland in this riveting video. The brief for …

Personal Cooling Unit

How To Build A Workbench and Shaving Horse