Click to Watch a Free Webinar on Project Based Learning, Makerspaces and Maker Ed

Are you interested in Maker Ed, PBL and Makerspaces?  Check out my FREE webinar on PBL and Making and continue the conversation.  I discuss how to move from standards to projects to completed… Continue reading

This Week in the Classroom: DIY Wood Covered Lab Notebooks

This fall, I opened the classroom with a very simple (sort-of) multi-media project for my students.  Last year, I piloted a number of different end-of-project reflection formats (long form, short form, written and… Continue reading

Community Watch: New Woodworking Class at TX/RX Labs!

Over at TX/RX Labs, I have two new Woodworking classes in the works. Build a Box – Great Makers need great tools. Great tools need great storage. Treat your tools right by learning… Continue reading

This Week in the Classroom: 3D Printed Pinhole Camera

Last spring, I had the opportunity to teach one of my dream units:  Light and Waves.  We completed three projects during this time: camera obsuras, cajon drums and a pinhole camera. This 3D-printed… Continue reading

This Week in the Classroom: Cajón Drums

Cajón drums are wood drums native to South America with deeper roots in the Africa.  The cajon is a wood rectangular prism, with two thin faces.  One of the thin sides, usually the… Continue reading

This Week in the Classroom: The Camera Obscura

The camera obscura is a old, old project which illuminates the nature of light.  Students can discover some major scientific principles: light travels in straight lines, transparent surfaces allow light to travel through… Continue reading

This Week in the Shop: 3 Simple Picture Frame Plans

Picture frames make fantastic skill building projects.  You can practice joinery and create precision jigs.  Frames reward practice and good finishes.  They can be made from cheap materials and scraps – meaning they… Continue reading

Top Five Maker Projects for the Beginning Maker Ed Teacher

Do you want to get into Making and Maker Ed? Don’t know where to start? Don’t have a makerspace? No problem! Here’s five ideas, classroom tested, which can be built using a minimum… Continue reading

Tool Primer: The Miter Saw

At some point, you have to cut that board in half.  Learn to do it right in today’s Tool Primer: The Power Miter Saw.

This Week in the Shop: New Tools, New Projects

I found these boxes inside a log from a tree felled in my parent’s backyard, in the house my brothers and I grew up in. I’m now in my thirties and my youngest brother is closer to thirty than twenty-five. We’ve grown up, moved out, moved back, gotten married, had kids, and brought our kids back. This holiday season, we’ll be together for a few days and hours. Then, like many families, we’ll scatter to the wind. A few years ago, I stuffed my suitcase with a log instead of presents. This year, I made matching boxes for every person in my immediate family – mom, dad and four sons.

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