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"
With only a few days until Family Day in Ontario, now is a great time to start planning fun, affordable, and educational Maker/STEAM family activities. The maker movement celebrates do-it-yourself learning and learning through trial and error. In this spirit why not spend Family Day at home making and learning as a family! Here are some […]Read more "Great Maker/STEAM Family Day Activities"
With less than one week until Valentine’s Day, time is running out to create an unforgettable gift for your loved ones. And since nearly everyone else in the world will be searching for flowers, chocolates, and restaurant reservations, why not think outside of the box and make a heart-felt homemade gift. Here are five ideas you […]Read more "Five Fun Maker Valentine’s Day Ideas"
On Sunday the MakerBus was honoured to receive a $1000 micro-grant from London SOUP for a new educational initiative we are planning to launch – the One Microscope Per Children project. With the money we will be developing a system of 3D printing affordable microscope clips that can be used to transform any smart phone, tablet, […]Read more "One Microscope Per Child – 3D printing microscopes for students in the London region"
This is going to be a big year for the MakerBus and we’re starting off the year with a very exciting announcement – we have expanded our team! We were lucky enough to meet our new team member Vida shortly before the holidays last year and we are even luckier to have her joining our team as […]Read more "Introducing our newest team member – Vida!"
Travelling across Southern Ontario with the MakerBus we witness countless amazing moments. Some of these moments we are lucky enough to capture on film (metaphorically speaking since we use digital cameras). We’ve put together some of our favourite photos from the past year. When viewed as a whole, we believe they really capture on hands-on […]Read more "Our favourite pictures from 2015"
What a year it has been. From being part of Maker Faire Detroit, to launching our first after school class, to creating programming for thousands of students, the MakerBus has been very busy in 2015. In this series of blog posts we’re going to look back on some of the highlights of the past year. […]Read more "The MakerBus Year in Review (2015): Part I"
We have an upcoming holiday workshop at Landon Library and wanted to make something special for the event. We’ve had an idea for a while now to use a MaKey MaKey and Scratch to introduce people to playing the piano. These two tools allow us to make playing the piano seem less intimidating, because instead of […]Read more "How to use a MaKey MaKey and Scratch to learn the piano"
At the MakerBus we work with a lot of different ages, experience levels, and backgrounds – and we’ve noticed that many learners are reluctant to dive into maker education. Our projects can be quite different than traditional education projects and can seem intimidating or strange to many learners. If you’re a maker educator and need […]Read more "How to use a MaKey MaKey as a great icebreaker"