NYS Makers: Local Solutions to National Problems

This past week, I was lucky enough to attend the very first New York State Maker Summit, held in Albany, NY. This one-day gathering brought together makers from all across the state (seriously, all across the state–check out the map … Read more >

Making, Citizen Science, and the Anticipated EPA Budget Reductions

I’ve had four things rolling in my head lately:

  1. The end of Dale Dougherty’s book Free to Make, in which he articulates a future for making;
  2. My own nagging sense that making should ideally serve some greater purpose;
  3. Some research I’m
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Making Shampoo

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A while back, I spoke to a student who mentioned that she makes her own shampoo. “Huh,” I thought to myself, “That’s cool. I hadn’t ever thought about making my own shampoo. I wonder if it’s any good?” Fast forward a … Read more >

In a world of “alternative facts” and Nazis, why does making still matter?

I have been doing a lot of soul-searching lately as a result of what’s been going on politically in the United States, as a maker, as a librarian, and as a person. A lot of the challenges we will be … Read more >

In the new administration, what’s the role of the maker movement?

I’m going to be honest: after Election Day, I was pretty convinced that there would be little interest in the maker movement from the incoming Executive Branch. So I was surprised to see that the conservative Brookings Institution has just … Read more >

From the Archives: Silhouette Cutter In Our Makerspace

This week’s From the Archives post is a good example of a project the Silhouette Cameo (or other cutting machines) works well for. I recently had some students ask me about creating a custom hoodie for a friend, and we are Read more >

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