At the MakerBus we use a lot of LEDs (we bought more than 6000 LEDs in 2014). And while most people have dozens of LEDs in their homes these days, it’s worth thinking about these everyday objects and asking, “What is an LED?” An LED is a Light Emitting Diode first invented by Soviet inventor Oleg […]Read more "What is an LED? A brief history of Light Emitting Diodes"
3D printers have the potential to revolutionize nearly every aspect of modern life. Because of the tremendous potential of this technology, it’s not at all unusual for tech websites to write less-than-critical articles about the benefits of 3D printing. One article in particular inspired this blog post, 21 Useful Household Items You Can Make With […]Read more "5 “useful” items you can make with a 3D printer (reflections on sustainability and 3D printing)"
– A clean kitchen is a sign of a wasted life – There are all kinds of making. One of the most important, one that everyone does, is the making of food. From a simple box of KD or a peanut butter sandwich to a gourmet soup or roast dinner, humans make everyday: we make […]Read more "Kitchen as Makerspace"
This Friday (February 20th) the MakerBus will be helping Brescia College with their “Just Own It” conference. During this one-day event Brescia will welcome 300 high school girls from London and the surrounding area for an active learning workshop encouraging young women to consider becoming entrepreneurs. The MakerBus was invited by Brescia to design one […]Read more "Ideas for planning large-scale maker workshops"
We’re working on designing a new standing poster to bring to events. We’d love some feedback from our community about which design people like to the most. Have a look at some of the possibilities below and let us know what you think! Option 1: 90’s colour pallet Option 2: Schematic Diagrams Option 3: Comic […]Read more "Designing a new MakerBus poster"
It’s hard to believe, but using a little heat you can blow amazing bubbles using CDs. Check out our tutorial video showing how you can do this at home.Read more "How to blow CD bubbles"
We get a lot of questions from parents and from people just getting started with the maker movement (a democratizing movement that empowers people to build, create, and tinker) asking what’s the best way to get started. Should I enrol in a class? What websites are good? What should I buy? After thinking about these […]Read more "Secrets of great makers: 5 ways you can embrace the maker movement"
Max MSP is a visual programming language with nearly endless possibilities for art, music, and pretty much anything you put your mind to. Wanting to expand our MaKey MaKey piano beyond the standard 6 keys, we wanted to use Max to create a larger piano with more notes. The follow Max patch can be used […]Read more "How to create a MaKey MaKey piano using Max MSP"
Even though Spring is on the horizon, we still have a number of snowy days ahead of us here in beautiful London, Ontario. If you find yourself with looking for family maker activities, check out this top ten list we tweeted out the other day. All of these activities can be done at home cheaply, […]Read more "Maker Activities for a Family Snow Day"
Watch Ryan from the MakerBus shows a fun way to play with your food in this tutorial video. Sodium citrate allows you to turn nearly any cheese into an amazing melty, delicious, homemade nacho cheese – well worth a try! The basic recipe is as follows: – 1/3 cup water – 1/2 tsp Sodium Citrate […]Read more "How to make nacho cheese using sodium citrate"