Community Watch: Nova Labs & Makersmiths #makerspace Tour

Northern Virginia hosts a handful of makerspaces, with all different working models.  I’m spending the next several months visiting as many makerspaces as possible.  You can catch my Manhattan tour here! Northern VA… Continue reading

Home #Makerspace: Natural Material Sculptures & Glue Gun Safety

Check out kid-made sculptures created using glue guns. Learn how to keep your kids safe when using the glue guns.

Home #Makerspace: Two Tools to Teach #CompSci & #Coding to #MakerEd Youngsters

The last five years have seen an explosion in Maker Edu-themed products geared for the younger set.  Young kids make enthusiastic makers.  They love challenging puzzles, approachable crafts and as long as you… Continue reading

Home #Makerspace: Decoupage #makered Treasure Boxes

My sons love treasure boxes.  It doesn’t matter if the boxes are big, small or medium-sized.  Nor do they care to actually keep track of their little treasures or can they be bothered… Continue reading

Community Watch: FatCatFabLabs & HackManhattan #makerspace Tour

I took a recent trip to The Big Apple for professional development.  Along the way, I took a little tour of Manhattan. Did I go to all the big tourist attractions?  Of course… Continue reading

#MakerED Book Review: 3D CAD with Autodesk 123D #makerspace

As I detailed in my most recent post, 123D is a free suite of CAD tools for the creative maker/designer.  It acts as an introduction to CAD modeling for beginner and intermediate users. … Continue reading

The Home Makerspace: The Autodesk 123D Suite

This week I took some time to explore Autodesk’s 123D family of CAD/surface modeler/maker-magic software.  123D uses cloud-based social community and project storage to allow makers to sculpt, design, manufacture and share  complex 3D… Continue reading

The Home Makerspace: The Museum Display (Dioramas To Win the Science Fair)

Here’s a cool project that takes an old standby, the diorama, and adds a little Maker flair to it.  The diorama incorporates a MakeyMakey, laptop and Scratch programming environments to turn a stand… Continue reading

A New Direction

I’m glad to be back on the blogosphere after so long away. 2016 marks my fifth year blogging at http://www.woodshopcowboy.com.  I am happy to announce some changes in direction:   1) A shift… Continue reading

This Week in the Classroom: A MakerEd Pathway Into Computer Science

This year, I invested more time than ever to developing a pathway into coding for my most reluctant learners.  I also researched extensions for the handful of young people who can really stretch… Continue reading

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