It’s October and that means Halloween in around the corner. From costumes, to jack-o-lanterns, to spooky home decor, Halloween is a maker’s playground. Each week for the month of October the MakerBoos… sorry the MakerBus team will post a different list of ideas for different maker Halloween projects. This week we’re looking a fun ways […]Read more "Five Ways to #MAKE an Awesome Halloween Jack-o-Lantern"
As the summer winds down, we’re gearing up for the second round of MakerBus renovations. Last year with the help of Paul Graham at Alpine Systems Engineering and his amazing team, we turned a rusted, old school bus into our big blue beauty. The second stage of renovations will focus on the interior of the […]Read more "How would you build a mobile makerspace?"
When doing workshops in the community we use a variety of different tools and equipment, ranging from 3D printers, to littleBits, to MakeDos, to MaKey MaKeys. At these workshops we’re often asked a very natural question – “Where can I buy this?” At the MakerBus we’re fortunate to have a lot of different, and generally […]Read more "It’s about making more than money: commercialization and the maker movement"
It has been a busy couple of weeks for the MakerBus team. In a two-week period we’ve participated in the Detroit Maker Faire and the Toronto Maker Festival. Now that we’re back in our home of London, Ontario, we wanted to write a quick post about our experiences and the loads of new maker friends we’ve made […]Read more "Making Friends in New Places – Our trips to MakerFaire Detroit and the Toronto Maker Festival"
We had an amazing time at the Detroit Maker Faire this weekend. One of our activities was showing people how to blow giant bubbles. Now when we say giant, we mean giant. Using this recipe you can easily blow bubbles that are 10-20 feet long. Full credit goes to the Youtuber NightHawkinLight for creating this amazing […]Read more "Our favourite recipe for blowing giant bubbles"
At the MakerBus we’re often asked by parents and educators for advice on how to teach and learn coding. As more and more of our society moves towards online and digital forms of communication, having a basic understanding of coding and programming becomes an important part of digital literacy. Many educators believe that developing a […]Read more "Ideas for teaching and learning to code"
As the keynote speaker for the 2014 Bay Area Maker Faire, Adam Savage gave the following piece of advice, “Make something. Anything. Weld, carve, cook, sculpt, sew. Make something in the world that wasn’t there before. As humans, there are two things that make us truly unique: the ability to use tools and the need […]Read more "STEAM Education that goes beyond hot air (thoughts on our educational philosophy)"
After much planning we finally have exciting updates about our Guinness Book of World Records attempt to break the World Record for the Longest Human Circuit. We are happy to announce that our event has a date, a location, a time, and a way to register. DATE: September 26th, 2015 LOCATION: Registration at the Museum […]Read more "Help us create the World’s Longest Human Circuit in London, Ontario"
Each year the MakerBus team runs a kids summer camp as part of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria. After our first camp last year, there was tremendous demand to bring the camp back to UVic. During the second week of June we ran a one-week camp for 15 children between […]Read more "MakeU Reflections – how to make DIY camp shirts using photo-reactive dye"
This week we’re highlighting a number of our favourite tools for maker-educators. We regularly receive questions from libraries and schools asking what tools they should buy and how best to use them. In this series of posts, we’ll be shining a spotlight on some of our favourite tools and looking at five great examples of […]Read more "Top Five Squishy Circuit Projects"