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"
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 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)"
We’re working on designing a new standing poster to bring to events. We’d love some feedback from our community about which design people like to the most. Have a look at some of the possibilities below and let us know what you think! Option 1: 90’s colour pallet Option 2: Schematic Diagrams Option 3: Comic […]Read more "Designing a new MakerBus poster"
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"
Max MSP is a visual programming language with nearly endless possibilities for art, music, and pretty much anything you put your mind to. Wanting to expand our MaKey MaKey piano beyond the standard 6 keys, we wanted to use Max to create a larger piano with more notes. The follow Max patch can be used […]Read more "How to create a MaKey MaKey piano using Max MSP"