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

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Mesmerizing Fountain Uses Lights to Turn Water into Colorful Shape-Shifting Forms

The sound of a babbling brook has a calming effect on many people, and it's something they wish to mimic in their home. One way to do this is a water fountain, and engineer Stephen Co has produced a design that combines this natural tranquility with a mesmerizing light show. Called <i>Aquarius</i>, the …

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NASA’s Mars 2020 Supersonic Parachute: Test Flight #1

Science

ACU Lightwalk

Tips of the Week: Spring Board Clamping, Rubber Band Hands, and Why Extra Parts Equal Beer!

<i>Tips of the Week is our weekly peek at some of the best making tips, tricks, and recommendations we’ve discovered in our travels. Check in every Friday to see what we’ve discovered. And we want to hear from you. Please share your tips, shortcuts, best practices, and tall shop tales in the comments</i> …

Rubber Bands

This is what the light from a 500W, $500 LED looks like

LEDs are developing at a ridiculous pace lately. They’re getting more colour accurate and much more powerful. The power of LEDs often comes at some …

Aquaponics

These ‘Star Wars’ LEDs Are the Coolest Night Lights Around

Optical illusion or Jedi mind trick?<p>By<p>Oct 19 2017, 8:01 PM<p>ADVERTISEMENT<p>It might not be a Jedi mind trick, but these <i>Star Wars</i> lamps will definitely …

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Iowa State researchers develop ultra-quiet turbine blades using 3D printing, owl wings

Researchers at Iowa State University are using 3D printing to develop propellor blades inspired by owl wings. The innovative designs could lead to …

Aerospace

This Medical Video of a Freshly Removed Human Brain Is Incredible to Watch

Warning: not for the squeamish.<p>Even though you use your brain to do a lot of thinking, you probably don't think about your brain that often. It's an …

The Brain

myDevices Cayenne — World's First Drag-and-drop Raspberry Pi And Arduino Project Builder

<i>Short Bytes: myDevices Cayenne is an Internet of Things project builder that makes it easy for anyone to create new things with Raspberry Pi and</i> …

Astronauts film a fidget spinner trick video on the ISS

Beat this, teens<p>I could bore you with loads of pretense about viral internet trends, but I’ve already wasted enough time in this lede sentence without telling you that astronauts aboard the International Space Station just dropped <i>a fidget spinner trick video filmed in zero gravity</i>.<p>The video, which …

Fidget Spinner

Build a Makerspace Workbench For Under $100 w/ Step-by Step-Plans

Get the complete step-by-step workbench plans in PDF format<p>Makerspace Workbench<p>We’re always creating something at our Makerspaces.com office and just …

Workbenches

Maker Share

Learn Essential Maker Skills with Our New Interactive Workshops

Have you looked at Maker Share lately? It just keeps growing and getting better! We’ve got over 3,000 makers signed up and sharing their projects. I’ve personally uploaded tons of my stuff, even things that I don’t put on the <i>Make:</i> blog.<p>It is so much fun watching this platform come together and …

Learning

Printing dinosaurs: the mad science of new paleontology

10 Reasons Kids Should Learn to Code

10 Reasons Kids Should Learn to Code When it comes to preparing your children for the future, there are few better ways to do so than to help them …

Kids

The work that won this year’s Nobel Prize in physics—in terms everyone can understand

The 2017 Nobel Prize in physics was awarded today to Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish, and Kip Thorne. Their work helped prove Albert Einstein right—yet again.<p>The winners, who all work for LIGO (the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory), were given the prize for “decisive contributions” to …

Physics

Building a Gigantic Blender Is the Best Use For an Unwanted Lawnmower

What do you do when you move into a house without a lawn and no longer have any need for your electric mower? That’s easy, you strip it down and use …

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Here’s What Happens When People Let Algorithms Design A Concert Hall

It might have taken 7 years longer than planned, and it might have cost ten times more than the original budget, but as you can see from these …

Herzog & de Meuron

The Future of Design Education is… No Design Education

The modern designer has a breadth of human experiences, not degrees.<p>Have you ever seen a door and have been unsure whether to push or pull? Or worse, …

Slow-Mo Footage of Bullets Traveling Through Transparent Silencers Demonstrates How They Work

CNC machinist Steve Dean's variety of designs<p>Around 1902, mechanical engineer and inventor Hiram Percy Maxim confronted a difficult problem: How …

Ready Maker One: Introducing Make VR, a VR-based CAD System

YouTube

Making STEM Equitable With Beautiful Ideas, Affordable Projects and Serious Play

Fun is science educator Sam Haynor’s superpower.There are schools out there—you know who you are—with reputations as places “where fun goes to die.” …

Harvard

Create Your Own Custom 3D Printed Stamp

One of the main benefits of 3D printing is the ability to make your own customized products. In this tutorial, we’ll be making a simple stamp that …

Adobe

Look what Teachers Can Do

Look at what preK-6 Mexican teachers did in my recent PBL 360 workshop in Guadalajara. This was their <b>first</b> experience with engineering, physical …

Education

Water Droplet Kinetic Sculpture

I made a water droplet desk toy. When you crank the handle on the side, the top moves in a wave-like pattern, imitating a droplet landing in water. I …

Sculpture

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 / …

Careers

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 …

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 …

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