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?"
We talk with a lot of parents in our community who want their children to engage with the maker movement, but can’t afford expensive classes and equipment. Learning like a maker doesn’t have to be expensive, in fact, many makers pride themselves on self-learning and building things as cheaply as possible. In this post we’re […]Read more "Affordable and Accessible Maker Learning Resources for Parents (Part 2)"
Many educators ask us for creative ideas for using tablets and smart phones in educational settings. These tools are becoming increasingly ubiquitous in homes, libraries, and classrooms making it increasingly difficult to come up with new and interesting ways to use them for teaching digital literacy skills. In today’s post we’re going to focus on […]Read more "Tablet+: free apps that are great for digital literacy projects"
We are very excited to announce a new series of after school classes. Do you have an 8-12 year old who loves to explore, tinker, and take things apart? Bring your children to our after school classes and we will help introduce them to the maker movement. Our classes focus on hands-on, experiential learning that […]Read more "MakerBus After School Classes"
On Friday we had a parent ask us to create a list of resources that he could work on with his daughter. This request came out of a discussion of the cost of after school classes and children’s camps. The parent in question remarked that while getting his daughter invested in learning is his top […]Read more "Affordable, accessible maker learning resources for parents (Part 1)"
One piece of technology that always gets people asking questions is our 3D printer. At the Make-a-thon, our 24-hour fundraiser in support of the Mother Teresa High School robotics team and the MakerBus, we’ll be offering 3D printing demonstrations and mini workshops for 24 straight hours. If you’d like to learn more about how 3D printers […]Read more "Make-a-thon Preview: 3D Print-a-palooza"
In the days leading up to the Make-a-thon (a 24 hour live-streamed fundraiser celebrating creativity in London and raising money for the Mother Teresa Catholic School’s robotics team and the MakerBus), we’ll be featuring some of the projects people will be working on during this event. Our first project comes from MakerBus co-founder, Ryan Hunt. […]Read more "Make-a-thon Preview: Non-flammable LED Umbrella"
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)"