Category Archive: Makerspace

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

FabLearn Fellowship Application

Applications for the 2016-2017 Stanford FabLearn Fellows Program are open until July 15, 2016. http://fablearn.stanford.edu/fellows-new/stanford2016/ I applied for the program previously but was relatively new to maker education at the time. Since my last… 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

Make48: Design Time

Over the June 10th-12th weekend, a horde of inventors descended on the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History for the Make48 competition. The challenge for the DC event was eco-friendly household products centered… 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

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

Makerspace Design Criteria

I provided input about makerspace design to the architects planning a new school in my district. To plan for the meeting, I went to the source at the K-12 Fab Labs and Makerspaces group. I summarized… Continue reading

When You See Stars Wars Think My Content Area VSTE15

I’m in my hotel room in Roanoke, VA cutting out Yoda snow flakes on a Cameo Silhouette cutting plotter. I’m preparing for the opening of the annual Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE)… 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

Makersmiths: A Loudoun County Makerspace

Makersmiths, a new makerspace in Loudoun County, had it’s official ribbon cutting ceremony on August 1st. I missed the ceremony but dropped in for the open house today at the new facility at… Continue reading