Creating Makerspaces in Schools Two weekends ago, I attended EdCamp NYC at The School at Columbia, an independent school on Manhattan's Upper West Side. One of the things I love about attending edcamps is that the day is always unpredictable because you don't know what will be discussed or who will be leading conversations until that morning. What ensued was an inspiring day focused on tinkering, exploration and innovation. A Day of Play and Exploration The day began with a discussion led by Don Buckley, The School's Director of Technology and Innovation, focused on design thinking in schools. Buckley used projects completed at The School to illustrate the various stages of design thinking, which include defining a problem, researching and creating a solution and a prototype, and implementing the solution.
How To Make A Light Up Shoebox Theater Got an extra shoebox lying around? Recycle it into an arctic-themed puppet theater with working lights! It’s a blast to make and perfect for impromptu imaginative play, even after the lights go out. Let’s get started… MOD-MRF24J40 ZIGBEE transciever module with MRF24J40 MRF24J40 Zigbee MiWi transciever RF Transceiver – MRF24J40 IEEE 802.15.4™ Standard compliant 2.4 GHz RF transceiver On-board antenna Pin holes for most of the transceiver signals PCB: FR-4, 1.00 mm (0,039"), solder mask, silkscreen component print Dimensions: 39.55 x 20.40 mm (1.56 x 0.80") Click on image or press Esc to close
HOW TO GET WHAT YOU WANT also see: Connections >> Solderability Tests There are a range of different conductive fabrics available. Some of the most frequently used conductive fabrics, tend to be the most available. LessEMF is a retail company that stocks a great range of conductive fabrics for electro magnetic field shielding. It seems like some of their fabrics are manufactured by Shieldex, but LessEMF renames the fabrics for their own sales and so it is unclear which ones are really the same. I’ve tried to match a few up through comparison: Shieldex: MedTex E 130 DS = LessEMF: Stretch conductive fabric Shieldex: Armor RTF = LessEMF: Zelt Conductive Fabric Shieldex
How to Build a FabLab FabLabs are a global network of local labs, enabling invention by providing access to tools for digital fabrication. This is the definition of FabLab according to the Fab Charter, the manifesto that expresses the principles and values behind FabLabs. Started by accident by the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT, the FabLabs movement is now 10 years old and is continuously evolving, with the number of new labs doubling every year and half. FabLabs can be understood from different perspectives. I've already written on this topic, so here I will just recap the main concepts.
AHS Makerspace (We are located in Brisbane, Australia, so have some preference for buying nearer home. These are sellers we have used or are considering. Please comment if you find other good sources.) 3D printer Makerbot Replicator 2 Papercraft Automata Race Game littleBits Circuit Gather the following modules: 4 Wire (w1)1 Fork (w7)2 Button (i3)1 Sound Trigger (i20)1 Power (p1)1 Arduino (w6) On the Fork module, connect the Wire Out end to the first branch and the Wire In to a Button (i3) module Do the same thing on the second branch and connect a second wire to the remaining button. On the last branch, connect the Sound Trigger (i20) module. Then, attach the other end of the Sound Trigger to the first input pin (D0) on the Arduino (w6) module.
Ham It Up v1.2 - RF Upconverter For Software Defined Radio Now shipping v1.2! Major changes include: Ham/amateur radio enthusiasts rejoice! Our MF/HF converter for software defined radio is finally available for sale. Don't let our price fool you, though. HOW TO GET WHAT YOU WANT Use of a circular knitting machine to knit a circular stretch sensor from combinations of conductive and non-conductive yarns. In the cases of the Inox steel fiber blend yarns, the stretch sensing is due to the structure of the conductive yarn which is made up of lots of short steel fibers mixed with polyester. Even without knitting the yarn into a structure you can use it as a stretch sensor by simply pulling it taught or relaxing it.
Mechanical Loading DesignSpark, please wait... We apologise for the slowness of this page You are using Internet Explorer 6, upgrading your browser will greatly enhance your experience using DesignSpark The gateway to online resources and design support for engineers, powered by RS ComponentsAllied At RS Components and Allied Electronics we love helping you take your ideas from concept to creation. BarePaint - Greeting Card Kit - COM-11522 Description: Replacement: None. We are no longer carrying this conductive paint kit in our catalog. This page is for reference only. Bare Paint is the first non-toxic electrically conductive paint available to consumers today! This unique child-friendly material is designed for people of all ages to explore and learn about electronics with an inclusive, easy-to-use material. Bare’s Card Kit contains all the components you need to make three greeting cards using a Bare Paint Pen as shown in the tutorial below!
Design Your Own Cardboard Pinball Machine The PinBox 3000 is an DIY desktop pinball kit made from cardboard. If we’re being honest, there are only two classes of dioramas that get made in school: embarrassingly bad; and the too-perfect dioramas secretly made by parents. The great equalizer between these two types of dioramas is that they’re both equally boring. Do you know what’s exciting? Pinball! Combine the two and you have the PinBox 3000, a flat-packed cardboard kit that allows you to assemble and design your own desktop pinball machine.