One of the things we’re exploring for this season’s MAKEcation coverage is good ol’ VAcations, but with a MAKE twist. If MAKEcations are about productively spending your summer at home, learning new things, doing some projects by yourself or with the family, a MAKE Vacation is about traveling with learning and DIY in mind. There are science museums to visit, historical science and technology sites to explore, places to learn about a specific technology or craft, hacker- and other DIY spaces and groups in various cities to check out. It’d be fun to plan a family trip around a particular theme, say rocketry or the development of the PC, and then visit a bunch of destinations and plan activities around that theme.
O’Reilly has a popular book, called The Geek Atlas, that’s a guide to 128 worthy science and technology destinations. (We’ll have more on the Atlas soon.) Now, there’s also an iPhone version of the book, with GPS locations/maps for the destinations, Wikipedia links to relevant information related to the destinations and the science and tech found there, and more. The Companion is $2.99 in the App Store.