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"
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"
When doing workshops in the community we use a variety of different tools and equipment, ranging from 3D printers, to littleBits, to MakeDos, to MaKey MaKeys. At these workshops we’re often asked a very natural question – “Where can I buy this?” At the MakerBus we’re fortunate to have a lot of different, and generally […]Read more "It’s about making more than money: commercialization and the maker movement"
As the keynote speaker for the 2014 Bay Area Maker Faire, Adam Savage gave the following piece of advice, “Make something. Anything. Weld, carve, cook, sculpt, sew. Make something in the world that wasn’t there before. As humans, there are two things that make us truly unique: the ability to use tools and the need […]Read more "STEAM Education that goes beyond hot air (thoughts on our educational philosophy)"
After much planning we finally have exciting updates about our Guinness Book of World Records attempt to break the World Record for the Longest Human Circuit. We are happy to announce that our event has a date, a location, a time, and a way to register. DATE: September 26th, 2015 LOCATION: Registration at the Museum […]Read more "Help us create the World’s Longest Human Circuit in London, Ontario"
This week we’re highlighting a number of our favourite tools for maker-educators. We regularly receive questions from libraries and schools asking what tools they should buy and how best to use them. In this series of posts, we’ll be shining a spotlight on some of our favourite tools and looking at five great examples of […]Read more "Top Five Squishy Circuit Projects"
With the help of our newest team member Safia, we’ll be running a series of Arabic translations of our most popular blog posts. This post was originally posted on March 16th, 2015. Affordable and Accessible Maker Learning Resources for Parents (Part 2) مصادر التعليم لأولياء الامور بأسعار معقولة و سهولة باقتنائها (الجزء الثاني) Posted […]Read more "Affordable and Accessible Maker Learning Resources for Parents Part II (Arabic Translation)"
Last Wednesday (March 15th) we ran a lock-picking for kids after school class (huge thanks to Matt for running the class). While we received a lot of amazing feedback about the class, we’ve also had some people in the comments section of the London Free Press questioning why we would teach children how to pick […]Read more "Maker Education – why teach children to pick locks?"