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Michael Castor

Michael Castor

I am the Evangelist for the Maker Shed. It seems that there is no limit to my making interests. I'm a tinkerer at heart and have a passion for solving problems and figuring out how things work. When not working for Make I can be found falling off my unicycle, running in adverse weather conditions, skiing down the nearest hill, restoring vintage motorcycles, or working on my car.

Latest from Michael Castor


When I was a kid, I remember drawing lines on paper and saying they were the schematics for a robot. Of course I had no real concept of circuitry or electronics at that age, but it was cool to think I did. Now what if I'd given some Bare Conductive... Read more »


This classic project from MAKE alum Mark de Vinck is a great last minute project that will scare the candy out of any unsuspecting trick-or-treater. It's a relatively simple build that can probably be pieced together with items you have laying in your junk pile or picked with a quick... Read more »


The Parallax Boe-Bot has long been used for teaching robotics to hobbyists and students. Earlier this year, Parallax took the idea behind the Boe-Bot and applied them to the Arduino to create the Robotics Shield for Arduino Kit. We in the Maker Shed like this kit so much that we... Read more »


Why carve a pumpkin when you can build a machine to do it for you? Using an EMSL Egg-Bot for inspiration, the VanDiepenbos family scaled it up in order to make a pumpkin carving robot called the punkinBoT. This is a video of their machine’s first cut at Maker Faire... Read more »


Are you bummed you couldn't get to Maker Faire New York to get a Raspberry Pi? Don't fret, they are now available online in the Maker Shed! Read more »


If you're ready to purchase, the Maker Shed will have 3D printers for sale at World Maker Faire. In addition to some MakerBot Replicator 1 Dual Extruder models, we'll also have the Ultimaker and Printrbot for you to take home that day. Read more »


This unassuming little board can give your project the power of speech! Parallax’s new Emic 2 Text-to-Speech Module (now available in the Maker Shed) is an easy to use speech synthesis board capable of speaking both English and Spanish. You simply pass it text or numbers over serial and it... Read more »


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