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This was another fun week in the Maker Shed. We started off with our How-to Tuesday: Arduino 101 the button. These Arduino tutorials are getting a lot of positive feedback. Look for a lot more Arduino tutorials in the next few weeks.

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Next, I opened up my Designing Automata Kit and checked out what was included. I am really impressed with the quality of the pieces. Now all I have to do is figure out what I am going to build!

The New Designing Automata Kit is great value and fantastic quality. No glue or tools are required, and you will learn about simple mechanics using cams and a crank slider mechanism. Many different designs can be made, and the kit used over and over again. Produced in Thailand using chemical-free rubber wood, from sustainable sources.

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On Thursday I featured a build of the Newton’s Reflecting Telescope Kit by Gakken. It was a really good learning experience. In fact, now I’m interested in making a DIY reflecting telescope based on this kit. I guess I’ll need to add that to my list of things to build!

A neat working replica of Newton’s Reflecting Telescope. Features a 10x magnitude. Includes it’s own base. Instructions are in Japanese but features highly detailed assembly pictures, sorry no English translation at this time. Easy to build. Made of high impact plastic.

In the Maker Shed:
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Arduino Family
Make: Arduino