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3 Reasons Why Perler Beads are Awesome for Makerspace. Why Perler Beads are Awesome for Makerspaces Perler Beads were one of the earliest elements of my makerspace.

3 Reasons Why Perler Beads are Awesome for Makerspace

I originally added them as a pop-up station during Teen Tech Week in 2014. HOW TO: Quick Start, Software. Setup | Materials | Software | Troubleshooting Setup 1) Plug in USB Small side of USB cable plugs into MaKey MaKey, big side plugs into computer. 2) Close Popup Window Your computer may ask you to install drivers or do other setup.

HOW TO: Quick Start, Software

You can click cancel or close the window. 3) Connect to Earth Connect one end of an alligator clip to "Earth" on the bottom of the front side of MaKey MaKey. UPDATED PRODUCT – Chibitronics Starter Kit. December 21, 2015 AT 1:05 pm UPDATED PRODUCT – Chibitronics Starter Kit FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY – as of December 21st, 2015 at 11:45 PM this kit now comes with a FREE Chibitronics Promo Pack!

UPDATED PRODUCT – Chibitronics Starter Kit

Make almost any surface glow, sense, or interact with Chibitronics circuit stickers! Circuit stickers are an imaginative and easy way to make fun electronics projects without coding, soldering, or maker experience. Just stick your circuit sticker onto a surface and add a battery to get a unique project that reps your maker spirit. This Is the Easiest Way to Build Accessibility Tech for Kids with Disabilities. MaKey MaKey, the alligator clip-able USB drive that controls computer input, has become somewhat synonymous with bizarre circuit building projects like turning a troupe of bananas into a working piano.

This Is the Easiest Way to Build Accessibility Tech for Kids with Disabilities

Bizarre hilarity aside, MaKey MaKey has also become an incredibly useful accessibility tool for those with physical and cognitive disabilities. Maker Tom Heck had been working in education for most of his adult life, but he initially felt unsure how to help a classroom of students with special needs. In the TED talk below, Heck gives a short overview of the current state of accessibility devices available to students with disabilities. Makey Makey Invention Booster Pack – Makey Shop.


Little Bits. Sources. Why You Need a Vinyl Cutter. Photograph by Hep Svadja, sticker design by Caleb Kraft Of all the digital fabrication tools explored in our Digital Fabrication issue, cutting plotters have spread the furthest into the consumer marketplace, thanks in part to the evangelism of Oprah, Martha Stewart, and thousands of Etsy crafters worldwide.

Why You Need a Vinyl Cutter

These are no longer just for Christmas design patterns you can buy from retail outlets. At the heart of these plastic shells lies a computer-controlled craft robot that drives a selected tool (often a blade) along paths set by the vector-graphic design file submitted to the device’s control software. If you notice a similarity to some 3D printers, it’s no accident: Cutters played a crucial role in inspiring the designers of desktop extrusion-based 3D printers. Makerspace Starter Kit. The hot new Makerspace Movement is NOT new to Murray Hill Middle School.

Makerspace Starter Kit

Eighteen years ago we designed and opened the school with the idea that we would have creation labs in the Media Center, GT room, and the TV studio. We started with video production, iMovie, Specular LogoMotion, Hyperstudio, and animation with Hollyood High kids. Here's an example of an EARLY (2003) video production called Bookfellas, featuring some Guy Ritchie-esque film direction techniques. These kids are now all grown up and we've kept evolving, too! CreoPop - Cool Ink. Infinite Creativity. Our original Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign ended on 16 August 2014.

CreoPop - Cool Ink. Infinite Creativity.

Thanks to Indiegogo's "Funding Forever" program we continue to accept pledges here. You can also place pre-orders on CreoPopTM ( is the world’s first 3D pen with cool ink. In contrast to other 3D pens, there are no hot parts, no melting plastic and no unpleasant smell. Instead, CreoPopTM uses photopolymers that are solidified using LED diodes to let users create amazing 3D designs.

CreoPopTM,completed its crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo in August 2014 raising USD 185,690 (464% funded). The best online resources for your back to school electronics projects #BackToSchool. August 6, 2015 AT 12:30 am The best online resources for your back to school electronics projects #BackToSchool There are lots of communities and resources out there for educators, hobbyists, makers, and students alike.

The best online resources for your back to school electronics projects #BackToSchool

Here are some of our favorite places to look for inspiration for new projects, learn about electronics, and more. littleBits You have probably seen littleBits kits in our store but did you know they have a great online community, educators page, and chapters in cities around the world? Make In addition to their print magazine, Make has a great online catalog of projects, news from the maker community, videos, and more. Arduino, a great beginners tool for learning about hardware, also offers some useful online resources for their users. Raspberry Pi One of the best places to learn about the world of Raspberry Pi is their website –

Hackaday. Mix your own KINETIC SAND for CHEAP! MaKey MaKey Advanced Guide. Introduction Previously on Getting Started with the MaKey MaKey we discussed how to make your standard banana space bar.

MaKey MaKey Advanced Guide

3Doodler 2.0 The World's First 3D Printing Pen, Reinvented. Meet Sphero 2.0. Using an Awl to Sew Leather and Heavy Fabrics. “Sewing awl” by Rémi Cormier – Self-taken picture.

Using an Awl to Sew Leather and Heavy Fabrics

Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons. The World's First 3D Printing Pen. Hummingbird Robotics Kit.