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"
Each year the MakerBus team runs a kids summer camp as part of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria. After our first camp last year, there was tremendous demand to bring the camp back to UVic. During the second week of June we ran a one-week camp for 15 children between […]Read more "MakeU Reflections – how to make DIY camp shirts using photo-reactive dye"
Spring has officially sprung here in London. If you’re starting to dust off old garden tools and wanting to breath new life into them, why not consider trying one of these 6 maker projects to hack your tools. Or, if you’re wanting to get rid of unwanted garden tools, why not donate them to the […]Read more "Hack your garden tools with 6 cool maker projects"
We get a lot of questions from parents and from people just getting started with the maker movement (a democratizing movement that empowers people to build, create, and tinker) asking what’s the best way to get started. Should I enrol in a class? What websites are good? What should I buy? After thinking about these […]Read more "Secrets of great makers: 5 ways you can embrace the maker movement"
Leading up to our 24-hour fundraiser in support of the Mother Teresa High School robotics team and the MakerBus, we are previewing some of the projects you’ll see during the Make-a-thon. Today we’re previewing MakerBus Co-Founder Kim Martin’s attempt to make 100 mittens in one day. Kim and a number of supportive friends hope to […]Read more "Make-a-thon Preview: the 100 Mitten Challenge"
In the final instalment of our three-part series exploring how to create library makerspaces on different budget ranges, we’ll be exploring what to do if you secure a large amount of funding, and we’ll attempt to answer the question – what would a $1,000,000 library makerspace look like? If you receive a million dollar grant […]Read more "How to make a $1,000,000 library makerspace"
Working with the MakerBus we’ve had to learn how to do a lot with very little. This is the first instalment of a three-part series exploring how to create library makerspaces with very little (the $100 makerspace), moderate (the $1000 makerspace), and a ludicrous (the $1,000,000 makerspace) amounts of funding. Follow along as we share […]Read more "How to make a $100 makerspace for your library"
We’re excited to announce a new on-going feature for our blog – a how-to guide to building a Minecraft arcade cabinet. We’ll be documenting the entire process from beginning to end, warts and all. Since we’re big believers in learning from failure here at the MakerBus, we’ll be documenting every success, every failure, and every […]Read more "How-to make a Minecraft Arcade Cabinet (Part I)"
Between June 2nd through June 6th the MakerBus team was in beautiful Victoria BC offering a one-week kids camp called Make University (Make U). Now you may be wondering what our team was doing so far from our home in London, Ontario and the answer is a somewhat long one. In short, each year the […]Read more "Make University at the University of Victoria"