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All systems are go here at Maker Camp HQ. We kick off six weeks of projects and fun this Monday, July 8 on Google+. But the lively community of young makers on the G+ Maker Camp community page isn’t waiting until Monday to start making. The number of projects posted to the page grows by the hour. Here are a handful of projects that caught my eye.

  • Rachael Thompson made this glove for her first Arduino project. “I timed the space between each note of a Guitar Hero song and programmed the glove to move the user’s fingers in time to the song to improve muscle memory. Third place at school science fair!” Only third place?IMG_0042
  • Sam Reynolds build an Arduino-based “do not disburb” sign for his dad. He writes: “For my Father’s Day project, I decided to make a snooze alert for my dad. My dad really enjoys taking a nap after a long day at work and somehow I always end up waking him up by walking in his room. So to solve this problem, I used an Arduino and a LCD screen that displays DO NOT DISTURB, so that he could turn it on to have peace and quiet.”
  • There are lots of techie project on the Maker Camp community page, but this drawing from Sam Zeloof stood out. He used a 64-pack of crayons and a black Sharpie to draw this red-headed woodpecker.artmax 1153 Maker Camp Campers Get Busy With Projects

Way to go Sam and way to go makers. Keep up the good work and see you Monday.

Stett Holbrook

Stett Holbrook is editor of the Bohemian, an alternative weekly in Santa Rosa, California. He is a former senior editor at Maker Media.

He is also the co-creator of Food Forward, a documentary TV series for PBS about the innovators and pioneers changing our food system.


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