Home #Makerspace: Making Geometric Nets with Vinyl Cutter

In this project, young makers use a vinyl cutter to cut and score geometric nets, connecting 2D shapes to 3D prisms, polyhedrons, etc.  They learn to recognize the difference between two and three-dimensions,… Continue reading

This Week in the Shop: Wood Hand Planes & Spray Finish

It’s not all kid-projects and makerspaces tours in this space.  I have a little time for personal projects. After sorting my shop in my recent relocation, I cannibalized the irons from some really… Continue reading

Home #Makerspace: Miter Boxes for #Woodworking #Makered

Sometimes, young (and old…) woodworkers can use a little help sawing a board accurately, especially if the board must have a specific angle or length.  A miter box helps a woodworker saw a… Continue reading

Home #Makerspace: The Bread Box Project #woodworking #makerEd

This quick project makes a great starter box for grown woodworkers, but it especially shines as an approachable young person skill builder.  This slick box teaches three major skills: measurement, accuracy in manufacture… Continue reading

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

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