Category Archive: Hardware

Stuff for Cutting Cardboard

My daughter’s class is doing some sort of maker project and the teacher asked for students to bring in stacks of cardboard. To be helpful I grabbed a few shears from my personal… Continue reading

What’s in Your Makerspace?

A common question I hear from fellow maker educators is, “What’s in your makerspace?” My school is one of 10 winners of the US Department of Education’s CTE Makeover Challenge so my answer is… Continue reading

Giving a Makerspace

Today, my friend Nichole Thomas @MrsThomasTRT and I gave away a Super Deluxe Makerspace Starter Kit to a colleague. @DesignMakeTeach #lcpstrts helping TRTs. Maker space starter kit presentation. pic.twitter.com/51WKKErqMf — Joe Schwarz (@RVH_TRT)… Continue reading

Help Spend $1,299 on littleBits

Hey MakerEd Friends! Help me spend $1,299 at the littleBits store. My school was one of the CTE Makeover Challenge winners. We budgeted $1,299 for a STEAM Education Class Pack which has dropped in price… Continue reading

3D Printable Dash Accessories

At the April STEM camp meeting I was asked to 3D print bulldozer blades for a set of robots. One of the STEM camp teams was going to use Dash robots from Wonder… Continue reading

Brainstorming with Jimmy DiResta

This is an open letter to Jimmy DiResta, he is one of my maker heroes. Check out his channel on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/jimmydiresta/ and check out his podcast http://makingitpodcast.com/. Dear Jimmy, I name dropped you in a tweet but… Continue reading

Winner: CTE Makeover Challenge

Woot! My school has been honored as a prize winner in the CTE Makeover Challenge from the U.S. Department of Education. We are winning $20,000 and a share of in-kind prizes from the $375,000+… Continue reading

CTE Makeover Challenge Proposal

I recently helped submit a proposal for the U.S. Department of Education’s CTE Makeover Challenge. The challenge called for high schools to design CTE focused makerspaces to give students the tools and space to create,… Continue reading

Tic Tac Box Challenge

Challenge: Make something to turn a Tic Tac box into something new then share your design with the world. Yesterday, I finished a box of Tic Tac Mixers (Cherry Cola flavored of course) and was about… Continue reading

Desktop CNC: Carvey Unboxing

Last year during the National Week of Making, Inventables CEO, Zach Kaplan committed to donating a CNC machine to a school in every state. One of the schools I support, the Loudoun Academy of… Continue reading

Brainstorm: 3D Printer Shootout for Students

Educators are constantly asking me for 3D printer buying advice. I usually refer them to the Make magazine 3D printer reviews as a starting point. I have been a reviewer for the annual Make 3D… Continue reading

Ultimate Home Digital Fabrication Workshop

After spending an entire weekend checking out the latest maker tech at World Maker Faire New York, I have one question. What would it take to build the Ultimate Home Digital Fabrication Workshop? I’m lucky to… Continue reading