This is a question we get from parents and educators fairly often – how do I help to create a fun, innovative, and affordable STEM fair for my school? Like everything with the maker movement, time, creativity, collaboration, and research can make amazing things happen. Here is some of our advice for creating a fun-conventional […]Read more "Tips for creating an awesome STEM fair for your school"
Here at the MakerBus we’ve been wanting to work on a cool maker movement bicycle project for a while – here are 6 awesome summer projects we found while researching our own bike transformation project. Transforming a bicycle into a custom t-shirt art maker If you’re going to build a cool maker bike, why not […]Read more "Top 6 maker movement bicycle projects for a cool summer"
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’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"
Two weeks ago I delivered a keynote at the Big Sky Global Tech Summit in Big Sky Montana. Teachers at a local school in Big Sky have purchased a decommissioned school bus from their board and are busy transforming that bus into a mobile makerspace. Reflecting on the past 4+ years of MakerBus fun that Kim, Beth, […]Read more "Five more essential pieces of advice for starting a makerspace (Part II)"
Welcome to a new regular series on our blog, Makerspace Math. This series will focus on the “M” in STEAM, offering practical tips, tutorials, and ideas for incorporating math education into your makerspace. How 3D Printers Can Help With Math Education One of the most amazing things about 3D printing is its ability to make intangible […]Read more "Makerspace math: How 3D printers can help with math education"