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"
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)"
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"
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"
Being an educator is exhausting and something it can be difficult to come up with new, exciting ideas that make students passionate about learning. Luckily for you, we share our secrets at the MakerBus and we’ve made a top three list of “hacks” that will help create unforgettable maker projects in your classroom or library […]Read more "Three hacks to create unforgettable maker projects in your classroom or library"
I’ll never forget the first time I tried on Google Cardboard. I received my first viewer shortly after the product was announced in 2014 – I had no idea what to expect. My partner and I had just been visiting her family in the UK and knowing that I would be getting a Cardboard […]Read more "Four mind-blowing facts about Virtual Reality"
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"