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What’s the Difference Between Engineering at a Tech Company Versus a School?

Community<p>What’s the Difference Between Engineering at a Tech Company Versus a School?<p>By Ranjani Sundaresan     Sep 16, 2017<p>Monkey Business Images / …

San Francisco Bay Area

28 Brilliant Garage Organization Ideas

1. Magnetic Tool Holder<p>2. Create Recycle Bin Hangers<p>With just a few pieces of scrap wood you can keep your recycle bins from taking up valuable floor …

Hacking

A YouTuber made a glass topped combustion engine and recorded it working in slow-motion

YouTube channel Warped Perception added a glass head to a combustion engine and recorded it running with a super slow motion camera.<p>The footage captured shows the valves injecting fuel and air. A spark plug ignites the fuel which makes the combustion gases push the piston, to drive the …

Cool Stuff

Virginia student uses 3D printed models to demonstrate mathematical concept of topology

Sep 11, 2017 | By Tess<p>Jonathan Gerhard, a student from James Madison University (JMU) in Virginia, has 3D printed a series of objects that physically …

3D Printing

How to Practice Critical Thinking in 4 Steps

It can take time to practice critical thinking, and that it's never too late to start. It is also a skill that nobody practices 24/7. The Foundation …

Literacy

MIT 3D Printer Turns Anyone Into a Roboticist

What will you create? (via MIT CSAIL)<p>Start your own robot revolution with MIT CSAIL’s “Interactive Robogami” system.<p>Researchers from the Computer …

Robotics

Guaranteed 3D Printable Designs

3D Scans of 7,500 Famous Sculptures Available Online to Download and 3D Print

A few weeks ago, the world-renowned British Museum made a 3D model of the Rosetta Stone—one of its most prized and popular artifacts—available online. This fascinating free resource is one of many in a wave of recent digitization projects carried out by museums and other contemporary cultural …

Art

3D Print This Blooming Flower Night Light

I was assigned the simple task of making a night light for my soon-to-be-born baby girl’s room and, as is my norm, I got a bit carried away, ending up with a fully articulated, Wi-Fi-enabled, 3D-printed night light. Unfortunately the Wi-Fi idea was over the top, and it never actually got used. …

Arduino

Fold Up a Jumping Origami Frog with LED Eyes

Light-up origami designs have been around for a while — but this adorable jumping frog takes it to new levels. Press the frog down, and the LED eyes start to glow. Release the frog, and it leaps across the table. If you’re lucky, it may even do a little flip in the air!<p>The design for this light-up …

Sewing

Build a Swinging Art Table for Uniquely Hypnotic Drawings

Harmonographs are mechanical devices that draw pictures by swinging pendulums, believed to be invented in 1844 by Scottish mathematician Hugh Blackburn. In my 3-pendulum rotary harmonograph, two lateral pendulums swing back and forth at right angles to each other (one side to side, another front to …

Astrophysics

Super-Sizing Lego Sets Is the Only Reason You Need a 3D Printer

They’ve been used by large companies for rapidly creating prototypes for at least a few decades, but finding a reason to put a 3D printer in every …

Lego

17 'facts' about space and Earth that you thought were true — but have been debunked by science

Whenever someone asks me about outer space, I get animated.<p>No surprise there. I've made a living speaking to experts and writing about it for more than a decade, and I've read obsessively on the topic for much longer than that.<p>I've heard a lot of peculiar "facts" over the years — and even believed …

Earth Science

Controversial New Theory Suggests Life Wasn't a Fluke of Biology—It Was Physics

The biophysicist Jeremy England made waves in 2013 with a new theory that cast the origin of life as an inevitable outcome of thermodynamics. His …

Biology

How Glass Top Pool Tables Work

Transparent pool tables look just plain slick both literally and figuratively, but as nice as they look the old school pool shark in me screams …

Cool Stuff

DIY Candy Vending Machine

LinkIt’s not exactly the most mechanically complex build, but we still love the idea of YouTuber Goober’s (we made a rhyme!) spring-loaded cardboard …

DIY

Take a Free Crash Course in Design Thinking from Stanford’s Design School

If you ask a few of today's youngsters what they want to do when they grow up, the word "design" will almost certainly come up more than once. Ask …

Design Thinking

Calling All Makers: Welcome to Maker Share

I’m excited to announce the public launch of Maker Share, a “show and tell” hub for makers to share their projects and discover new opportunities to learn, connect and contribute. We have developed Maker Share with our partner, Intel, as an online platform for innovation and collaboration — a …

Maker Faire

How to squeeze electricity out of crystals - Ashwini | TED-Ed

Electricity

Slick Write Can Help Students Analyze Writing

Slick Write is a free service that students can use to help them analyze their own writing and or that of other writers. Slick Write identifies …

Three Places to Find Public Domain Video Clips

On Wednesday I published suggestions for places to find public domain images. Then yesterday I received an email from a reader who was wondering …

FREE Math Games - Common Core Math

XP Math Games<p>Math Games Arcade - eXPerience<p>How do you integrate <b>Common Core State Standards</b> in the math classroom? How do you engage your students and …

8 Factors Contributing to the Growth of Laser Engraving

<i>Sponsored content</i><p>Over the past five years, the market for laser engraving has grown substantially, managing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of …

Manufacturing

Pi & The Fibonacci Sequence

Leonardo Fibonacci was an Italian mathematician born in the 12th century. He is known to have discovered the "Fibonacci numbers," which are a …

This Model Parisian Building Is Actually a Binary Clock

When you hear the word “clock,” the vast majority of the time this means something with either a series of numbers or a dial. Though these two concepts come in many different, and sometimes quite amazing, variations, truthfully they are not that much different.<p>Lucas, Victor, and Philippe Berbesson, …

Arduino

The Best Fidget Spinner Has an Animated Cat Inside

Thanks to Jonathan Odom, a clever designer and builder who’s created everything from animatronics for films to museum exhibits, the fidget spinner …

The complex geometry of Islamic design - Eric Broug | TED-Ed

How a Middle School Library Promotes Maker Learning for All Students

<i>The Digital Promise maker learning team spent some time in Greer, South Carolina this winter observing and filming the Riverside Middle School</i> …

Teaching

Watch a Mesmerizing Hourglass Filled with 1,250,000 “Nanoballs” (Created by the Designer of the Apple Watch)

Apple Watch designer Marc Newson has created an hourglass that stands about 6 inches tall, measures 5 inches wide, and features 1,249,996 tiny …

Apple Watch