Westport Library Announces Design Contest for 3D Printer

Today the Westport Library announced a design contest for the MakerBot 3D printer in the Library’s Maker Space.  The intent is to stimulate people’s interest in designing and making things.  Categories exist for Ages 5-11, Ages 12-17 and Ages 18 and over.  Click here to go to the Westport Library Web site or here to open up the PDF application form.

The contest ends 22 August 2012.

Westport News: “B9 robot, no ‘bubble-headed booby,’ wows Westport crowd”

Great story in the Westport News about Mike Ogrinz and his B9 robot at the Westport Library on Wednesday 1 August.  Click here or on the photo below for full story:

Mike Ogrinz and B9 Robot at Westport Library - Photo: Meg Barone / Westport News freelance

“Danger, Danger, Will Robinson!” Mike Ogrinz and his B9 Robot

Tonight (Wednesday 1 August 2012), Mike Ogrinz will be at the Westport Library from 7 – 9 pm with his replica of the B9 robot from the “Lost in Space” television series.

Click here or on the photo for more information.

Mike Ogrinz and his replica of the B9 robot from the television series "Lost in Space"

Be sure to attend this event for the whole family!

New York Times: What Happened to the Craftsmanship Spirit?

The following article appeared in the Sunday 22 July 2012 issue of the New York Times:

A Nation That's Losing Its Toolbox

The article discusses how people are losing their ability to do and make things as much as they used to.  Given the continued rise in makers around the world, this trend away from Do-It-Yourself is reversing itself.

Bipedal Cycling Robot Can Balance, Steer and Correct Itself

An inspiring video of a robot riding a bicycle:

Obama Administration announces a plan to create a national STEM Master Teacher Corps

STEM Master Teacher Corps

Today, the Obama Administration announced a plan to create a national STEM Master Teacher Corps, which will recognize and reward 10,000 exceptional science, math, technology and engineering teachers in our nation’s classrooms. Educators who join the STEM Master Teachers Corps will make a commitment to champion the cause of STEM education in their respective communities, and will receive additional resources to mentor math and science teachers, inspire students, and help their communities grow

A world-class STEM workforce is essential to virtually every goal we have as a nation – whether it’s broadly shared economic prosperity, international competitiveness, a strong national defense, a clean energy future, and longer, healthier, lives for all Americans.  By creating a STEM Master Teaching Corps to inspire students, and by giving these educators the necessary resources to teach well, we are investing in America’s future.

To learn more about the administration’s efforts to promote excellence in STEM education visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp

View this article in its original form on the White House Web site at:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/07/18/numbers-10000?utm_source=wh.gov&utm_medium=shorturl&utm_campaign=shorturl

Westport Library Maker Faire Press Conference – 2012-07-02

On 2 July 2012, the Westport Library held a press conference announcing the opening of its Maker Space.  Watch the four minute video by clicking on the link below:

Maker Camp on Google

Over the course of six weeks, 13- to 18-year-olds (as well as their parents and teachers) will have the opportunity to collaborate with popular maker personalities—including Mark Frauenfelder of Boing Boing, Stephen Voltz  and Fritz Grobe  of EepyBird (the Coke and Mentos guys),  Jimmy DiResta  (co-host of Dirty Money on the Discovery Channel) and Limor Fried  (founder of Adafruit Industries) — and other creative makers on fun projects themed around “the art of making.” Our goal is to encourage everyone this summer to make something and share it with their friends and family.

Maker Camp on Google

Maker Camp on Google

Making is a wonderful way to experiment and explore, to try to do new things, and mostly to let your imagination get the best of you. Making is fun (and it’s also a great way to learn, even if it is summer!). Making can be done indoors — even in a small space, like a kitchen table — but it’s also great to go outdoors to make things you can play with in the backyard or park.

Making could mean traditional arts and crafts projects, or science projects, but it could also use innovative technologies and processes that enable you to create something entirely new.

Every Monday through Thursday morning, beginning Monday, July 16, a Maker Camp “counselor” will post how-to instructions for a new project, right here on MAKE’s Google+ page. Some of these projects will overlap with ones in MAKE’s 3D “School’s Out” special issue, our first-ever summer issue devoted entirely to kids.

These projects are great for families to do together or for teens to do on their own. Many of the projects involve materials and tools that you can find around the house. Camp Director Nick Raymond will host a Hangout On Air in the afternoon so campers can post questions and comments and share photos and videos of their projects.

The first project at Maker Camp is our popular compressed air rocket. You’ll see from his post below that rocket guru Rick Schertle  is our guest counselor for this project, and will be with us in New York to launch Maker Camp (and rockets!) with a Hangout today at the New York Hall of Science.

It wouldn’t be summer camp unless you were able to meet a lot of great, new friends who share your love of making. You’ll find that other campers will inspire you to come up with new ideas for projects.

Maker Camp is free, and open to everyone with a Google+ profile (you must be over 13 to have your own Google+ profile). To participate, simply follow +MAKE

Whether you build rockets or race cars, make T-shirts or experimental music, or discover nature or new things in the community where you live, I hope that you’ll have a blast at Maker Camp.

Use this link to see more!


Origin of a Species – If you want to be a maker, sometimes you’ve got to break the rules

A great story by Adam Savage in Wired magazine (20.07) about becoming a maker.  Click here or the image below to read the full story.

Jingle the Bear

If you want to be a maker, sometimes you've got to break the rules.

The Adventures of a Box

A great story of what a box and some creativity can create: