Let me make one thing clear – Spheros are cool. They have amazing potential to be used creatively by educators and can make STEM education more engaging for learners. With that being said, is anyone else starting to feel Sphero fatigue? At the MakerBus we follow a lot of different educators through platforms like Twitter […]Read more "The Zero Sphero Makerspace – How to Avoid Creating a McMakerspace"
As we’ve written before – kitchens are amazing makerspaces. If you’re looking some maker fun on a weekend, or during a Spring or Summer break, we highly recommend making time to experiment in your kitchen. Here are three super cool, relatively accessible projects to try in your kitchen: #MAKE Electricity Out of Fruits and […]Read more "Play with your food: 3 cool maker projects you can try in your kitchen"
The other day we had a Skype conversation with two people in Israel who are considering building a mobile makerspace. They asked us if there were many mobile makerspaces in Canada and we realized that we didn’t actually know the answer. This post is our attempt to answer that question by creating a complete list […]Read more "A list of mobile makerspaces in Canada"
We’ve done a lot of weird, wonderful, and wild things at the MakerBus. From attempting to break World Records, to staying up all night to meet a Mythbuster, to building a life-sized cardboard bus in Detroit, we’ve made a lot of maker memories over the years. In this past six months we’ve had two different […]Read more "Check out our MakerBus publications"
With the MakerBus we’ve had the privilege of touring makerspaces in schools, libraries, and communities across North America. In chatting with people who have built makerspaces or are in the process of building a makerspace, we’ve noticed a natural trend – people want their makerspaces to be perfect. This means from the moment they open […]Read more "A lesson you can learn from web development to create a successful makerspace"
At the MakerBus we try to keep up with viral maker projects. Ideas, videos, and projects that promise mind-blowing results with simple household materials. In this on-going blog series we’re going to test different viral maker projects and share our results. About two years ago, the DIY hologram project was a viral hit on the […]Read more "Building a DIY smartphone hologram projector – is it as cool as the internet makes it look?"
‘Tis the season – a season that all too often celebrates consumerism. At the MakerBus we’re firm believers in critical making and ethical consumption – after all the maker movement celebrates building, tinkering, recycling, and finding creative solutions to problems. In the past few years we’ve noticed a big push by companies to commercialize the […]Read more "Ideas for a maker movement Christmas"
At the MakerBus we’ve had the pleasure of testing a lot of different maker tools. We’ve written about maker tools that we don’t recommend, but this new series will share tools that we absolutely love. Tools that make adults feel like kids, and make kids feel like they have the power to create anything. Today’s […]Read more "Our favourite maker tools: the Pixelstick"
We love the MaKey MaKey. Nothing will ever take the place of this quirky, fun, and downright joyous piece of maker technology. With that being said, a MaKey MaKey is not an inexpensive piece of equipment – especially if you’re buying a set for a makerspace, library, or classroom. That’s why we were thrilled to […]Read more "How to make a micro:bit act like a MaKey MaKey (at a third the price)"
It can be easy to feel cynical about the direction of the maker movement as what started as a grass roots movement seems to be increasingly commoditized. The maker movement is everywhere these days – from schools, to libraries, to museums, to for-profit companies. With so many different people and organizations embracing the maker movement, […]Read more "TreeOpp: How Cities Can Embrace the Maker Movement and Create Social Change"