PLAN C LIVE: Educational Kits

Kits enable making. They are especially good for beginners and young makers.  They are also a convenience for parents who want to encourage children to start making but don’t have time to track down tools and supplies. The number of kits and the different types of kits by and for […]

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Microcontrollers, Meet MicroBlocks

Physical Computing Software For Education That Runs Live, On The Microcontroller

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First Impressions of The Bantam Desktop CNC Mill

I was really excited to see this mill pop up, and very happy I got to borrow one for a couple weeks to try it out. In my mind, the Bantam desktop cnc mill represents a positive move, where cnc milling is getting more approachable by normal people. Bantam have […]

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Plan C LIVE: K-12 Maker Educators 

As the process of reopening public life and the economy ebbs and flows in local communities, K-12 schools are planning how and when to reopen their campuses  — including, their makerspaces and maker education programs. This week’s Plan C Live program looks at the challenges schools and their educators face […]

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Learn The Best Ways To Use Make: Projects To Engage Students, Live With Dale Dougherty

In this Construct 3D Summer Symposium webinar, Using Make: Projects to engage students and document their project process, join Dale Dougherty of Make Community and Frank and Lauren Baldesarra of Engineering.com and Make:Projects. They will share the inspiration behind the Make:Projects platform and provide a brief demonstration of the platform, […]

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Convert Any Bike To Electric With An Easy Front Wheel Motor Kit

Electric bicycles have been quietly taking the streets by storm in many parts of the world. Why? Because they’re a fantastically fun and efficient way to move around. You get all the joys and freedom of riding a bike (avoiding traffic congestion and parking, for instance) while smashing through physical […]

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Fix Our Planet: Electrify Everything!

The children are right: This is our last chance for a livable planet. We need an epic effort to elctrify vehicles and entire homes. Makers can make it happen.

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The Winganon Space Capsule: Oklahoma, We Have A Problem

When Heather and Barry Thomas decided to commemorate their fifth wedding anniversary in 2011, they set out to do something a little out of the ordinary.

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Plan C: Make Better Now (Video): How 100,000 Volunteers Made Millions of PPE

If you want to get a sense of all the makers around the world producing PPE over the last several months, watch this video that captures the spirit and spread of these efforts.  How makers have collaborated on solutions and produced PPE in local communities is a big story, one […]

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Open Source Hardware Certifications For June 2020

The Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA) runs a free program that allows creators to certify that their hardware complies with the community definition of open source hardware.  Whenever you see the certification logo, you know that the certified hardware meets this standard. The certification site includes a full list of […]

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Easy Zip Tie Sunburst Mirror

Use zip ties and hot glue to add retro flair to everyday things

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Fix The Planet Part 3: New Power Nation

How we'll remake America's national infrastructure to electrify everything

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PLAN C LIVE: Informal Education in a Pandemic

Science centers, children’s museums, Boys and Girls Clubs, community centers, even libraries, have been shut down because of COVID-19. The many programs that serve youth afterschool or during the summer have been unavailable while some organizations have shifted to virtual programs.  These organizations, known collectively as informal education, offer learning […]

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How Grant Imahara Made Me a Better Maker

I first met Grant in early 2010 at a Discovery Channel event, and over the years we maintained a friendship, and I maintained a deep awe of his talents as a builder and as person.

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Skill Builder: Learn The Types Of Gears

Learn the options for transmitting movement in your mechanical projects

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Plan C Live: Maker Response To Covid-19 In The UK

Join Dale Dougherty of Make: Community and Valeria Dammicco and Lucia Corsini, researchers at Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) at Cambridge University to talk with some of the central activators, innovators, and organizers of the open source and maker response to COVID-19 in the UK and, as the pandemic evolves, discuss the future of these […]

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Arcade In A Briefcase

Carry this fully functional arcade machine anywhere in its integrated, foldable case

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First Look: The Sienci Long Mill Benchtop CNC Router

Benchtop CNC mills are a great entry point for poeple wanting to use the tools, but who also don’t have a massive shop or massive budget. We’ve seen a few over the years in this size range – under 4 foot by 4 foot. The Longmill by Sienci is a […]

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Makers Wanted: Help Keep 3D Printers Unlocked

Every three years, the US Copyright Office gets to make it legal to break Digital Rights Management (DRM, also known as digital locks) in certain situations.

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PLAN C LIVE: Re-Opening Makerspaces in Libraries

As the process of re-opening offices and stores in local communities continues, libraries and library makerspaces are beginning to re-open as well. This week’s Plan C Live program looks at the challenges and strategies for libraries in reopening thier makerspaces to the public. We hear from libraries around the US […]

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How to Paint Street Murals: Tips from DC

Much admired and quickly imitated in dozens of cities across the nation, the Black Lives Matter street mural in downtown Washington, D.C. was painted on June 5 in just hours, by team of D.C. city workers, eight artists who remain anonymous, and volunteer passers-by. If you’d like to paint a […]

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Mycroft: The Open Source Private Voice Assistant On Raspberry Pi

Mycroft is an open source voice assistant that respects your privacy. With Mycroft you can listen to music, check the weather, set timers or alarms, ask questions about the world, and much, much more. Unlike other assistants, however, Mycroft is the voice assistant you can trust. Mycroft is private by […]

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A Quick Download From Ubuntu’s New Library Instantly Turns Your Raspberry Pi Into An “Appliance”

There are so many of us who are drawn into the world of Raspberry Pi’s and similar tiny cheap computers by the shear potential that they hold. The thoughts of having this tiny dirt cheap system that could be ANYTHING! And many of us found that we really weren’t that […]

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Caitlan’s Maker Chain Connects Over 60 WoodWorkers Around The World

We just love a good community project that brings people together. This one was thought up by Catlan the Cat, who you might recall from her Maker Spotlight. Her idea was simple. She was going to publish dimensions of a single link in a chain, to be turned from wood. […]

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Plan C Live: The Keys To Re-Opening Makerspaces

As the process of re-opening offices and stores in local communities, makerspaces are beginning to re-open as well. This week’s Plan C Live program looks at the challenges and strategies for re-opening community makerspaces to members and the public. Certainly, new safety protocols are needed but is it also time […]

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Cool Crowdfunding: DIY Scanning Microscopes, Robot Kits, And Yarn Spinning

We receive so many pitches for crowdfunding projects. They pour into our inbox daily. Since crowdfunding is a bit of a gamble, it is always kind of hard to determine just how to write about these projects, considering that many of them may not ever deliver. Cool Crowdfunding is our […]

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Open Source Hardware Certifications For May 2020

May was quite a month for open hardware certifications; multiple open hardware friendly companies are now certifying their entire product lines. This month alone Adafruit, Watterott, and Olimex all have added multiple products. I did a quick check of the number of certifications in 2020. In January only 25 projects […]

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