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 Makedo project ideas"
The MakerBus has been selected as one of three finalists in the Venture London small business awards in the new business category. We’re honoured to be selected as a finalist from a pool of more than 90 applicants. All three finalists will receive a 60 second commercial produced by In2 Communications Inc. Given that none […]Read more "Help us make a 60 second commercial"
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?"
It has been a busy (and totally amazing) few weeks for the MakerBus. We wanted to write a quick email and thank a bunch of different awesome people in our community who have given us their support in the past weeks. We’ve always said that the MakerBus runs on community support and we’ve received an […]Read more "Huge thanks to everyone who supports making in #LdnOnt"
Okay London, we’ve got a big idea – like 1,500+ people setting a world record big. Monday night we were honoured to receive the support of Awesome London (a community group that gives out $1000 each month for an awesome cause) to make our dream of setting a world record in London a reality. According […]Read more "Let’s set a world record in London with the World’s Longest Human Circuit!"
At almost every event or workshop we attend, parents ask our team members the same question, “How do I encourage my child to learn about coding?” While there are a number of great learn-to-code resources available today, Scratch is our go-to suggestion. Each week we’ll be posting a new tip or tutorial for learning how […]Read more "Introduction to Scratch Part II: Creating Custom MaKey MaKey Instruments"
At almost every event or workshop we attend, parents ask our team members the same question, “How do I encourage my child to learn about coding?” While there are a number of great learn-to-code resources available today, Scratch is our go-to suggestion. Each week we’ll be posting a new tip or tutorial for learning how […]Read more "Introduction to Scratch Part 1: What is Scratch?"
We were going through old files on our computers the other day, and found this note dated March 20th, 2013. For context, the MakerBus originally started as a shared project between Kim Martin, Beth Compton, and Ryan Hunt. We all studied (and still do study) a field called the “digital humanities” – a discipline that […]Read more "New year, new website – MakerBus Year 3"
At the MakerBus we use a lot of LEDs (we bought more than 6000 LEDs in 2014). And while most people have dozens of LEDs in their homes these days, it’s worth thinking about these everyday objects and asking, “What is an LED?” An LED is a Light Emitting Diode first invented by Soviet inventor Oleg […]Read more "What is an LED? A brief history of Light Emitting Diodes"
3D printers have the potential to revolutionize nearly every aspect of modern life. Because of the tremendous potential of this technology, it’s not at all unusual for tech websites to write less-than-critical articles about the benefits of 3D printing. One article in particular inspired this blog post, 21 Useful Household Items You Can Make With […]Read more "5 “useful” items you can make with a 3D printer (reflections on sustainability and 3D printing)"