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"
How to start a makerspace with next-to-no money -Ryan Hunt, Co-Founder of the MakerBus, Canada’s first mobile makerspace Three years ago Kim Martin, Beth Compton, and I decided to build Canada’s first mobile makerspace. But there was one small catch – we didn’t have any money. Despite this (big, but not insurmountable) catch we have […]Read more "How to start a makerspace with next-to-no money"
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"
This is going to be a big year for the MakerBus and we’re starting off the year with a very exciting announcement – we have expanded our team! We were lucky enough to meet our new team member Vida shortly before the holidays last year and we are even luckier to have her joining our team as […]Read more "Introducing our newest team member – Vida!"
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"
With one week until Halloween, it might be a good time to start planning your Halloween costume. This year instead of buying something from the store, why not embrace your inner maker and build something from scratch. Here are 5 ideas for fun, inexpensive homemade Halloween costumes. 1. Get Creative with Cardboard – You can make […]Read more "5 Maker Halloween Costume Ideas"
Up-cycled pop-culture jewelry, superhero fan mail, and a DIY arcade – oh my! On Sunday October 18th join the MakerBus team at Forest City Comicon for a day of fantastical fun. We will be bringing some maker-style creativity to this event to share with everyone at FCC. What kinds of things are we planning, you […]Read more "Join the MakerBus at Forest City Comicon Sunday October 18th"
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?"
When doing workshops in the community we use a variety of different tools and equipment, ranging from 3D printers, to littleBits, to MakeDos, to MaKey MaKeys. At these workshops we’re often asked a very natural question – “Where can I buy this?” At the MakerBus we’re fortunate to have a lot of different, and generally […]Read more "It’s about making more than money: commercialization and the maker movement"