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

#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

Tool Primer: How to Select and Use a Router

The router can do an incredible number of tasks: cut grooves and dados, used with guides to make parts, do complex or simple joinery and create edge treatments for wood. The router can be mounted on a bench or table top or it can be manipulated by hand. The router is the single most versatile tool in the woodworker’s power tool box.

Making a Makerspace: Shop Tour 2015

Most of the time on this blog and @woodshopcowboy or WoodshopCowboy on Facebook, I showcase student-centered projects and articles. Sometimes I make projects for my own enjoyment and personal needs in my own personal makerspace/workshop. Here’s a peek behind the curtain.

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

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