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Make:cast #16 – Build It and See What Happens

Make:cast #16 – Build It and See What Happens

As part of a $50 million grant to the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 2017, the Maker Library & Innovative Learning Complex of the Future is under construction on campus. The new $17.5 million building will house a makerspace open to all students. Austin McChord is the RIT donor and I talk to him in this episode of Make:cast.

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Make:cast – Making New Music With Helen Leigh

Make:cast – Making New Music With Helen Leigh

In this conversation with Helen Leigh, we talk about technology from reel-to-reel tape recorders to synthesizers and to making electronic music with Makey-Makey and the Bela board. Helen is an advocate for people learning how to make their own instruments, to experiment with music and be makers of your own kind of music.

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Make:cast – Making Things That Don’t Yet Exist

Make:cast – Making Things That Don’t Yet Exist

Industrial Designer Neil Cohen How do you transform ordinary stuff into meaningful things, even beautiful things? How you make things that don’t yet exist, something original rather than a copy? That’s the topic of this conversation between New York-based industrial designer Neil Cohen and Dale Dougherty of Make Magazine. “Some of what I do in […]

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Make:cast – Find Your Next Adventure

Make:cast – Find Your Next Adventure

David Lang, author of Zero to Maker, and co-founder of OpenROV, recently decided to stop doing what he had been doing for years and begin looking for something new, looking for his next adventure. During a pandemic, it seems hard to think about your next adventure. Yet I suspect that many are thinking about what’s next, and preparing ourselves for a new challenge. David says it’s just as scary this time as it was back when he walked into TechShop not knowing anything about being a maker. He seems to be following his interest in science and how scientists can learn from the maker movement. There is a need to encourage participation by more amateur scientists — people who do science because it is an adventure, rather than a career.

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Me and My Robot: Odd Jayy Interview

Me and My Robot: Odd Jayy Interview

Odd Jayy wanted a friend so he built a robot — and in doing so, he discovered his community.

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Make:cast – The Multiple Choice Future

Make:cast – The Multiple Choice Future

Our current framework for multiple-choice standardized testing is about 20 years old, dating back to legislation signed by President Bush called No Child Left Behind. The name has changed but testing still rules, although it has been disrupted by COVID-19. In this conversation with educators, Pam Moran and Ira Socol, co-authors with Timeless Learning with Chad Ratliff, we discuss how our education system responded to COVID-19 and how students have responded by turning off their cameras. Can we imagine a future where instead of multiple choice tests, schools offer students multiple and different ways to learn?

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Make:cast – Scott Swaaley – Engineer, Educator & Entrepreneur

Make:cast – Scott Swaaley – Engineer, Educator & Entrepreneur

Subscribe to Make:cast on Itunes or Google Podcasts. You can also find it on Spotify, Deezer, Podcast Addict, PodChaser and Spreaker. A list of previous episodes of Make:cast can be found here. Scott Swaaley of Make Safe Tools As a maker, San Diego-native Scott Swaaley is a triple-threat.  He can build things; he can teach; […]

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