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By Sean Federbusch | Projects, practices and ideas related to creating K-12 design content.

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> …

Education

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

Maker Faire Bay Area 2017: Live Updates and More

Sunday<p><b>May 21 (Day 3):</b> The last day of Maker Faire Bay Area is upon us! We’ll be scrambling to see the makers and exhibits we have yet to get to. We will update here as we explore. Keep refreshing the page to see it all!<p>Looking to see video instead of still photos? Check out our live stream over on …

Maker Faire

Python in Education

You’ve probably heard about the computing revolution in schools, and perhaps you’ve even heard of Raspberry Pi. The Python programming language is at …

Education

The Map of Chemistry: New Animation Summarizes the Entire Field of Chemistry in 12 Minutes.

Philosophers, technologists, and futurists spend a good deal of time obsessing about the nature of reality. Recently, no small number of such people …

Chemistry

Maker Faire Bay Area — May 19, May 20, & May 21, 2017

The Kids’ Guide to Maker Faire Bay Area: 25 Awesome Things to See and Do

Calling all young makers: This one’s for you! We all know the best way to enjoy Maker Faire is by wandering around and discovering cool projects you may never have seen if you were on a mission. But sometimes, having a plan can be a very good thing, just so you don’t miss something you really, …

Kids

diy simple wood coat rack

i’ve been wanting to make a new coat rack for a few months to hold our laundry bags. yes we use laundry bags. it’s only because we mostly take our …

Half Rectangle Triangle Block Tutorial

Ever wondered how to sew and trim half rectangle triangle (HRT) blocks? Well you’ve come to the right place! Let me show you how I like to do them. …

Sewing

Something Wonderful Happens When You Mix Microwaves, Soda, and Wood

The next time you accidentally spill soda, or water, plus a little baking soda on one of your cutting boards, don’t complain about having to clean it …

Cool Stuff

15 Incredible Solutions from the TOM Accessibility Hackathon

The Tikkun Olam Makers gathered on April 21-22 at the Brooklyn Navy Yards for an accessibility Makeathon. The results speak for themselves.<p>Lightweight, Portable Ramp for Urban Environments<p><b>Challenge:</b><p>Rachel is a need-knower who uses a scooter for mobility in Manhattan. The challenge she presented her …

Robotics

How a Shirt-Folding Machine Works, and How to Make Your Own for $1

For those of you that need your clothing in perfect rectangles<p>Here's the type of machine that shirt manufacturers use to fold shirts into perfect …

Sewing

The Coolest Cardboard House EVER!

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, we (meaning "Brien", of course--although I <i>did</i> help a little...) made the girls a cardboard house this weekend.<p>As …

How to make a coin sorting machine with cardboard

Watch shiny discs of metal tumble through giant machines and conveyor belts in the mint before they're stamped and made officially into Canadian one …

Cool Stuff

Snackbox DIY

How to Prepare for an Automated Future

We don’t know how quickly machines will displace people’s jobs, or how many they’ll take, but we know it’s happening — not just to factory workers but also to money managers, dermatologists and retail workers.<p>The logical response seems to be to educate people differently, so they’re prepared to …

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Maker Spotlight: Boyd Weiger

<b>Name:</b> Boyd Weiger <b><br>City:</b> Forest Lake, Minnesota <b><br>Makerspace:</b> Chippewa Middle School Fab Lab <b><br>Day Job:</b> Science / Fab Lab Teacher<p><b>How did you get started making?</b><br>I got started making in my grandfather’s basement. He had tools, wood scraps, baby food jars full of hardware and “things that might be useful …

Maker Faire

How to Build Giant Structures Using Soda Bottles and a 3D Printer

Reduce, re-use, and recycle are words to live by as we try to minimize humanity’s demand for our planet’s natural resources. But instead of sending …

3D Printing

This Rube Goldberg Machine Is the Best Action Movie I've Seen in Years

Most Rube Goldberg machines are designed to complicate a very simple task, but a Japanese TV show called <i>Pitagora Suitchi—</i>which translates to</i> …

This Tool Makes It Super Easy to Create Interactive Simulations

GIF<p>Whether you’re working on a big presentation for work or school, interactive visuals always help win over an audience. Loopy, a free tool for …

LED Fairy Light Globes

Tips of the Week: Wire Tunnels, Paint as Glue, and the Big Gulp Syndrome

Another week, another collection of hopefully useful tips and tricks. Let me know what you think of the tips column in the comments. Have you put any of the tips to use? How did that go? Do you have any desires for tips in areas of making that I’m currently not covering? And, as always, please …

永久機関 Perpetual motion machines Part 1

Watch How To Make a Self-Starting Siphon Using Bendy Straws

In this vintage video segment from <i>Curiosity Show</i>, we learn about self-starting siphons. These things start a flow of water without the user having to …

Acrylic & Wooden Chandeliers

Luca Alvergue, an OCAD student, designed and created these amazing laser cut acrylic and wooden chandeliers. He made them using our 3mm TroGlass …

Green Lantern

Learn to Blow Glass, Build Mini 4WD Cars, and Make Silly Robots at Maker Faire Hong Kong

There’s a particular magic that happens when you roll up your sleeves, step out of your comfort zone, and try to make something new. There’s a spark in the eye, the look of engagement, and the joy of participation. Celebrating the magic of making is at the cornerstone of every single one of the …

Concrete Passive Speaker Cube

A young inventor's plan to recycle Styrofoam | Ashton Cofer

From packing peanuts to disposable coffee cups, each year the US alone produces some two billion pounds of Styrofoam -- none of which can be …

Climate