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

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 …

Woodworking

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 …

Vacuums

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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!) - Frugal Fun For Boys and Girls

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> …

Maker Faire

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 …

Power Tools

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 …

3D Printing

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> …

Machine Learning

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 …

Science

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 …

Dragon Age

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, …

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 …

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

2 Great (and free) Ways to Learn About Design Thinking

The free K12 Online Conference (@k12online) is continuing this year with short “mini-conferences.” Last week John Spencer’s (@spencerideas) keynote …

Education Technology

Project-Based Learning Through a Maker's Lens

The rise of the Maker has been one of the most exciting educational trends of the past few years. A Maker is an individual who communicates, …

Pedagogy

Understand the Engineering Behind the Impossible Yin Yang Gears

While searching through the internet, you may have seen an animation of the Yin Yang symbol moving as a set of gears. Most likely, you moved on and didn’t think about it much more, but prolific woodworker Ronald Walters of the “Ron’s Stuff” YouTube channel decided to instead make his own real-life …

Engineering

How It’s Made: A Wooden Reciprocating Rack and Pinion

Rack and pinion devices are well-known mechanical devices that can turn rotary motion into linear motion. Usually, as the pinion gear turns one way, it slides in one direction; when turned the opposite way, it slides in the other direction.<p>Ronald Walters’ mechanism, however, as shown in his video …

Engineering

Math Monday: Make a Flake

Today we revive an old snowflake drawing program by Evil Mad Scientist, and realize the designs in a modern meltingly sweet medium. Here’s an updated version of that old program with the trigonometry corrected (cheers for applied math!) so that it will work with any number of sides to your …

Marshmallows

Vaquform: Desktop Vacuum Forming Comes of Age for the Modern Maker

Project Overview<p>I'm an industrial designer by trade, so making models and prototypes is big part of what I do. I have amassed many tools over the …

How To Solder The Easy Way!

Hi everyone,<p>Here is what you can expect to learn from the instructable.<p>1. Basic “how to” soldering skills<p>2. Best practices to avoid pitfalls and …

Hacking

These Giant Articulated Hands Are Made from 170 Laser Cut Pieces

These hands go by the name of Gapetto’s Folly on the Etsy store that Danger First runs. They are articulated puppet hands that you slide your hand inside of and you can control the fingers independently. There are 170 laser cut wood components per hand, plus an array of brass, steel, leather, and …

3D Printing

Understanding Battery Basics

It’s always great to find a new episode of Collin’s Lab in my <i>YouTube</i> queue. In this episode of the series from Adafruit, Collin offers a brief, but informative introduction to battery tech. In under eight minutes, he manages to cover the various battery form factors (e.g. did you know the common 9v …

Batteries

Tinkering Spaces: How Equity Means More Than Access

The Maker Movement has helped spur renewed interest in hands-on learning and the value of spaces where children can explore their own ideas, be …

Education