Last week we explored ideas for building a $100 library makerspace. This week we’re increasing our budget 10 fold and exploring how to build a $1000 library makerspace. While our budget has gone up significantly, we’ll still have to be strategic about how we spend our money. Should I buy a 3D printer? We get asked this […]Read more "How to make a $1000 makerspace for your library"
Working with the MakerBus we’ve had to learn how to do a lot with very little. This is the first instalment of a three-part series exploring how to create library makerspaces with very little (the $100 makerspace), moderate (the $1000 makerspace), and a ludicrous (the $1,000,000 makerspace) amounts of funding. Follow along as we share […]Read more "How to make a $100 makerspace for your library"
Later this month, the MakerBus team will be offering three “Introduction to Making” workshops in collaboration with the Southern Ontario Library Service! If you are a librarian looking to MAKE things happen around Kitchener, Bradford, or St. Catharines, we would love to meet you! Introduction to Making Are you interested in offering “maker programs” or […]Read more "Calling Librarians in South-Western Ontario!"
What is a LED throwie? LED throwies were developed by the Graffiti Research Lab as a form of removable, reusable interactive art. By combining LEDs, batteries, and rare earth magnets, you can make brightly coloured lights that will stick to any ferromagnetic surface. Western Fair has invited the MakerBus to sell throwies at the 2014 […]Read more "How to make a LED throwie"
We’re excited to announce a new on-going feature for our blog – a how-to guide to building a Minecraft arcade cabinet. We’ll be documenting the entire process from beginning to end, warts and all. Since we’re big believers in learning from failure here at the MakerBus, we’ll be documenting every success, every failure, and every […]Read more "How-to make a Minecraft Arcade Cabinet (Part I)"
Yesterday we made our 15th and final stop on our Summer Library Roadtrip 2014. For the past month we’ve been holding pop-up maker experiences and MakerBus visits in partnership with the London Public Library – bringing fun projects to every corner of our fair city. The entire experience has been an extremely fun blur of […]Read more "Reflections on the Summer Library Roadtrip 2014"
This summer as part of the TD Summer Reading Program, the MakerBus will be visiting nearly every library in London offering 90 minute pop-up maker activities. In this post you’ll find more information about these activities. Here is a schedule of our upcoming visits: Children’s: July 28, 2:30 p.m. Crouch: July 29, 2:30 p.m. Beacock: […]Read more "Summer Library Roadtrip Mega Post"
There are plenty of fantastic tutorials on the internet showing how to make tiny robots called “brushbots” out of toothbrushes (this one is quite good). But we’ve noticed that a lot of the tutorials require soldering – something that not everyone feels comfortable with since it involves molten lead. This tutorial will show how you […]Read more "An easy way to make a brushbot"
Our society is built upon the work of the inventive makers who lived before us. In this semi-regular feature we’re going to examine how certain technologies were made in the past and see what lessons we can learn from them. The book is an amazing piece of technology. It stores information in a portable, easy-to-use […]Read more "History Makers: How the medieval book was made"
At the end of our Make University summer camp we received a very happy surprise from the parents of two of our campers. Brian Thom visited our website and noticed that we had a big list of supplies that we were looking for and donated a big awesome box of stuff to us! In the […]Read more "ReMAKE, Reuse, Recycle"