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Keith Newstead's pieces "In the Garden with Charlie" and "Sing Cats Heads"

Talkin’ Tinkering with the Masters of Automata

The Exploratorium Tinkering Studio invites all of you to join a Hangout this Friday, November 21st from 9am to 10:30am (Pacific time) to talk about one of their true specialties—Automata!—with some of their favorite masters of this art/technology. plus.google.com/events/cfbmcijvp0a72ba6080c0s58s7o Joining the Tinkering Studio team will be a star-studded group: artist Keith Newstead (whose... Read more »

By , November 20th, 2014 @ 9:01 am



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In Search of the $10 Kit

It’s easy to get making if you have unlimited funds to set up a great makerspace and outfit it with all the newest tools, but what if you had just a sawbuck to spend? What would you make and how? That’s the question that James Cunningham recently asked us on behalf... Read more »

By , November 17th, 2014 @ 7:30 am


Dollar Store Hack for Christmas: DIY Superhero Wall Clock

With Christmas just around the corner, our collective minds are already contemplating what gifts we will battle the masses for after the Thanksgiving holiday. While we know there are certain gifts we want to get for loved ones and friends that will require tolerating excessive mall crowds, cutthroat parking and... Read more »

By , November 10th, 2014 @ 7:01 am


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Finding Starter Projects: Teacher to Teacher

Sometimes the best way to get started with making in the classroom is to go make friends outside of it! In that spirit, today’s edition of our series on Finding Starter Projects shares some of the many professional development (PD) opportunities out there available to teachers who want to meet... Read more »

By , October 24th, 2014 @ 3:04 pm


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The Deconstruction: An Awesome Un-Competition

The Deconstruction is coming and you can participate. This event, referred to as an un-competition, can be a bit hard to explain at times. The Deconstruction is a live-streamed global event and game about re-thinking objects and ideas. The goal is to make the world a slightly better (or, at... Read more »

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Cool Projects for Kids of All Ages

Find these and other awesome summer projects in our Ultimate Summer Fun Guide, which features tons of 3D images and over 50 projects to make right now. Plus the magazine comes complete with 3D glasses!

Build a Zipline

Build a Zipline

You could buy a dinky, ready-made kit just for kids, but why not make your own industrial-strength zip line that will support the heaviest of neighbors? It’s a fun project you can tackle in a weekend, and you can order all the parts online for less than $400.

Start a Band

Start a Band

Get jamming with your very own cigar box guitar, and then hook it up to this inexpensive cracker box amp to crank it up. Grab your friends and make some noise!

Launch a Rocket

Launch a Rocket

Paper, tape, compressed air … lift-off! Blow your friends away as you send this 25-cent rocket hundreds of feet in the air. Build this easy launcher and rocket with common hardware store items in an afternoon or get the complete kit in the Maker Shed.

3D Print your Head

3D Print your Head

Get started with 3D printing — create a 3D model of your own head and then print it out in solid plastic! Take some simple pictures, use the online tool to create the 3D file, and then print out. If you don’t have a 3D printer at home, no worries, you can send it to a service that will mail it right to your door!

Featured Maker

Super Awesome Sylvia

Have you checked out Sylvia’s Super Awesome Mini Maker Show yet? There’s so much to learn, and she’s an awesome teacher and very cool young maker.

Attention Campers

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The Fun Continues!

Maker Camp has come to an end, but never fear! You can relive it all on YouTube. Don’t miss out: follow MAKE on Google+ to come on all the field trips we’re going on this year.

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