Being an educator is exhausting and something it can be difficult to come up with new, exciting ideas that make students passionate about learning. Luckily for you, we share our secrets at the MakerBus and we’ve made a top three list of “hacks” that will help create unforgettable maker projects in your classroom or library […]Read more "Three hacks to create unforgettable maker projects in your classroom or library"
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"
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"
On Sunday the MakerBus was honoured to receive a $1000 micro-grant from London SOUP for a new educational initiative we are planning to launch – the One Microscope Per Children project. With the money we will be developing a system of 3D printing affordable microscope clips that can be used to transform any smart phone, tablet, […]Read more "One Microscope Per Child – 3D printing microscopes for students in the London region"
Travelling across Southern Ontario with the MakerBus we witness countless amazing moments. Some of these moments we are lucky enough to capture on film (metaphorically speaking since we use digital cameras). We’ve put together some of our favourite photos from the past year. When viewed as a whole, we believe they really capture on hands-on […]Read more "Our favourite pictures from 2015"
What a year it has been. From being part of Maker Faire Detroit, to launching our first after school class, to creating programming for thousands of students, the MakerBus has been very busy in 2015. In this series of blog posts we’re going to look back on some of the highlights of the past year. […]Read more "The MakerBus Year in Review (2015): Part I"
As the summer winds down, we’re gearing up for the second round of MakerBus renovations. Last year with the help of Paul Graham at Alpine Systems Engineering and his amazing team, we turned a rusted, old school bus into our big blue beauty. The second stage of renovations will focus on the interior of the […]Read more "How would you build a mobile makerspace?"
It has been a busy couple of weeks for the MakerBus team. In a two-week period we’ve participated in the Detroit Maker Faire and the Toronto Maker Festival. Now that we’re back in our home of London, Ontario, we wanted to write a quick post about our experiences and the loads of new maker friends we’ve made […]Read more "Making Friends in New Places – Our trips to MakerFaire Detroit and the Toronto Maker Festival"
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)"