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Andrew Terranova

Andrew Terranova

Andrew Terranova is an electrical engineer, writer and an electronics and robotics hobbyist. He is an active member of the Let's Make Robots community, and handles public relations for the site. Andrew has created and curated robotics exhibits for the Children's Museum of Somerset County, NJ and taught robotics classes for the Kaleidoscope Learning Center in Blairstown, NJ and for a public primary school. Andrew is always looking for ways to engage makers and educators.

Latest from Andrew Terranova

Baymax Armor-Up toy: Ripe for hacking

There’s a long tradition of hacking toys to make robots. Why settle for what some manufacturer designed? Add a microcontroller to an R/C car and you have an instant self stopping robot car. Stick some RFID electronics in a teddy bear and suddenly it can respond to objects around it.... Read more »


A linear actuator is a mechanism that pulls or pushes a load along a straight line. Pneumatic and hydraulic pistons are examples. So are the threaded rods on 3D printers. Commercially available linear actuators can be quite expensive, but now you can build your own with just a few dollars... Read more »

solar chariot by Bob Schneeveis

Bob Schneeveis is on a mission to save the world from itself through the creation of sustainable solar vehicles. He has been building walking chariots and other unique conveyances since a knee injury got him interested in the structure of the knee and the mechanics of walking. For over 30... Read more »

RC tanks roll into Maker Faire.

“I have always been interested in tracked vehicles,” says Seth Abrahams. Abrahams is a member of the Bay Area Tankers club, a group of R/C tank enthusiasts who promote the hobby of scale model armored vehicles. Abrahams brought his 1/16th scale RC tanks to Maker Fair Bay Area last year,... Read more »

From Japan to the U.S., Empathy VR lets you immerse yourself in the remote room.

Tatsuki Adaniya started his Virtual Reality (VR) project as a way to keep in touch with his long distance girlfriend. He wanted something more personal than texting or even Skype. He wanted something that would let him feel like he was in the same room, sharing the same view as... Read more »


You see yourself mirrored on a screen. Unlike a mirror, as you move closer your internal anatomy seems to be revealed, layer by layer. You can see your animated skeleton, muscles, and internal organs move as you move. Is this a new high tech X-Ray machine? Well no, but it’s... Read more »

Kids got to try their hands at jewelry making at the Piscataway Public Library.

Organizers of the inaugural New Jersey Makers Day say the numbers are still coming in, but they expect that they beat their original estimate of 5,000 attendees statewide. Over 350 people came to the Piscataway Public Library where I attended, and they seemed to be having a marvelous time. There... Read more »