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

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> …

Nostalgia

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 …

Cool Stuff

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 …

Woodworking

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 …

Cool Stuff

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 …

Woodworking

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 …

Hong Kong

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 …

Sustainability

Spinning Top - Beginners Woodturning Project

6 Methods of Plugging Pocket Holes

Over on Fix This Build That, Brad runs through six different methods for either filling or plugging pocket holes. I had no idea there were that many options.<p>The six methods he experiments with are:<p>* Using traditional wood filler<br>* Using a homemade filler paste of sawdust and glue<br>* Using Bondo (auto …

Build Your Own Vacuum Chamber for Under $30

In this video, the always resourceful Chris Notap shows you how he created a small, tabletop vacuum chamber on the cheap using an old scroll compressor he got from a discarded dehumidifier, some common household items, and a vacuum gauge.<p>He explains the project:<p>A vacuum chamber cost $400-$500 on …

YouTube

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How to: Make + Bind Your Journal Notebooks with Scrap Materials

Did you know you can make your own sketch and shop journals with just the materials you have on your shelf? Now you can scrap those yellow pads for …

Sewing

25 Awesome STEM Challenges for Kids (with Inexpensive or Recycled Materials!)

Looking for STEM projects and challenges for kids? Building and engineering projects are awesome for developing thinking skills and encouraging the …

Crafting

3D-Printed Vise Is a Mechanical Marvel

We often wonder how many people have 3D printers and wind up just printing trinkets off Thingiverse. To get the most out of a printer, you really …

3D Printing

Maker Pro News: Quitting Boeing to Go Maker Pro, Plus Philly Funds Startups

<i>Want to get the latest Maker Pro news right in your inbox? Subscribe to our weekly newsletter.</i><p><i>“You might say we took the process of an entire factory and shrunk it down to something that would fit in your closet.” — Whidbey Distillery Co-Founder Jim Heisinger</i><p><b>Why a Boeing Engineer Quit to Become a</b> …

This Week in Making: LiPo Battery Tips, MakerBot Downsizes, and Table Saw Projectiles

If you’ve ever messed with radio controlled cars or planes, you’ve probably dealt with LiPo batteries. Getting the most out of them involves a bit of science and Erik Eekhof has written this giant compendium of information to help you out.<p>Without LiPo batteries, quadcopters and drones probably …

Just starting a Makerspace in your school? Tips on where to start! | PIPEDREAMS

Kristy Luker working teaching a student to knit<p>Over the past few years, I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to co-create two …

Makerspaces

Fusion 360 Adds “Slicer” for Laser Cutting and CNC Routing

When Autodesk recently announced they were going to be discontinuing the 123D app, many of us were pretty bummed. As it turns out, that app had a fantastic ability to “slice” objects into layers for cutting with a laser, router, or mill. They’ve added a “slicer” app, packed with features to fill …

Cycloid Drawing Machine

I have just made a batch of 10 Cycloids and they are ready to ship!<p>Price is $695<p><b>Drawing Machines?</b><p>Way before there were plastic drawing toys like the</b> …

8 Projects to Inspire Your Next Science Fair Experiment

Science fair season is quickly approaching!<p>The very first step to any good fair experience is to pick an awesome experiment to do, and then apply the scientific method to determine the results.<p>Here are a few how-to projects to help inspire a fun trial for you to do at your fair.<p>Use these to develop …

Weekend Watch: Awesome Gaming Projects with GreyLightning

GreyLightning has been appearing more and more in my feed lately. The first video I saw was actually a tutorial for the game Dragon Age, which held little interest to me. However, I’ve seen her pop up several times since then with some fantastic tutorials for laser cutting, design for cnc, sand …

Explore the Interconnected World of Mathematics in One Condensed Map

If diving into the beautiful, complicated world of math sounds intimidating, physicist Dominic Walliman is here to be your guide. In his video, …

Mathematics

Candy Balloon Rocket, Toy Hackers How-To-Build (feat: Simone Giertz)

Watch: Free-Fallin' in Bremen's Zero-G Drop Tower

In Bremen, Germany, a 146-meter-high drop tower allows scientists to perform experiments in microgravity. As the name suggests, the tower is designed …

Cool Stuff

The Death Magnet

LinkNeodymium magnets can be useful, but they can also be dangerous, as some are so strong that nothing will stand in their way. Magnetic Games shows …

Cool Stuff

Laser Cut a Slot-Together Octopus Lamp