Building a makerspace can be a lot like the television show Breaking Bad. You start with a noble intention, you work hard creating something new, you invest your own identity into the project, and before you know it you realize that you’ve ended up in a really bad place. While it’s true few people who want […]Read more "#MAKING Time For Self Care – the Importance of Mental Health in Your 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"
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"
Last week 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, […]Read more "Top Ten Essential Pieces of Advice for Anyone Starting a Makerspace (Part 1)"
Here at the MakerBus we’ve had the privilege of testing a lot of different tools and ideas with a lot of different audiences. From developing a teen literacy module that taught at-risk youth to build their own drones, to trying to set a World Record, to building a 3D printer on a kitchen table, we’ve […]Read more "Five Maker Tools We Don’t Recommend"
At the MakerBus we have a lot of experience creating maker projects with next-to-no-money. Dollar Stores can be a frugal maker’s best friend. In this blog post we’re going to share some ideas and trips for fun, educational, and creative dollar store maker projects. What is a “Dollar Store?” For us a dollar store isn’t […]Read more "Dollar Store Maker Projects"
How to start a makerspace with next-to-no money -Ryan Hunt, Co-Founder of the MakerBus, Canada’s first mobile makerspace Three years ago Kim Martin, Beth Compton, and I decided to build Canada’s first mobile makerspace. But there was one small catch – we didn’t have any money. Despite this (big, but not insurmountable) catch we have […]Read more "How to start a makerspace with next-to-no money"
Each year on April Fools Day we like to propose a new Maker vehicle – from planes, to tanks, to boats we’ve imagined different mobile makerspaces. This year we proposed the MakerBike – a pedal powered makerspace using a bicycle and a trailer. We were struck by how much people on Facebook and Twitter loved […]Read more "The MakerBike – ideas for building a bicycle makerspace"