The GoBox – Subscription Robot Kit With Parts Delivered Monthly


Years ago, I wrote some books about LEGO Mindstorms robotics. During my research and investigation of third party sensors and other components, I stumbled upon Dexter Industries and was quite impressed with the quality of their products. I became a fan, and continue to be impressed by everything they do… including their most recent Kickstarter. Continue reading

Portland Mini Maker Faire Coming Soon

Portland Mini Maker Faire

Portland’s Mini Maker Faire is coming up soon! Held at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) as usual, this year’s Maker Faire will be on September 12 and 13. The weekend will also celebrate the opening of Portland’s newest bridge, the Tilikum Crossing, along with the new OMSI MAX (light rail) station. Continue reading

This Amazon Daily Deal Is Going Down the Drain


Most mornings that I post one of these Amazon Daily Deals, I try to focus on gadgets, electronics, pop culture, and other stuff that will appeal to the geeky folks who read GeekDad. And while there is a nice pair of Skullcandy bluetooth headphones on sale today, I think the other big daily deal is a more homey alternative. Continue reading

Programming With Robots, Part I: Sphero SPRK

Robotics Kits

Who says learning shouldn’t be fun and there can’t be value in play? Certainly not the folks behind the new SPRK Edition Sphero. Continue reading

Passing the Torch: Scale Model Building


As far back as I can remember, I have enjoyed scale model building. Revell, Ertl, and Testors were even some of the first brand names I learned as a child. I recently decided to introduce my son to this geeky art form. Continue reading

3D Printing Tips and Tricks: PLA vs Humidity


I haven’t used my 3D printers much since February, so most of my filament has been sitting on the shelf since. This has not been an issue in recent years as this part of Texas is reasonably dry, and unusually so the last 5 years. This winter and spring, however, have conspired to teach me a lesson about the proper treatment and storage of PLA printer filament. Continue reading

Mile High Makers Assemble!


Fresh on the heels of the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, the Denver Mini Maker Faire brings the creativity and excitement of the maker community to the Rocky Mountain region. Continue reading

What Will Tomorrow Look Like? Show the Sci-fi Museum to Win Tomorrowland Prizes


In his song “Tomorrow,” Morrisssey posses the question, “Tomorrow, will it ever come? And if it does come, will I still be human?”Something like that is the question posed by Disney’s new movie Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney and premiering nationwide 22 May. Continue reading

MoonBots 2015 Challenge Begins with Call for Explorers, Adventurers and Dreamers


The 2015 MOONBOTS Challenge launches today and its a great way for kids to learn about space, robotics, and pick up some STEM skills at the same time. Continue reading

Paper and Paste: Making Stuff With Children


Our first self-made mask out of papier-mâché had initially been met with a certain dose of skepticism by child #1. Wasn’t the mask–it was Halloween–funny rather than scary? Wouldn’t a “self-bought” rather than self-made mask have been cooler? Would he be made fun of? But the god of makers had mercy… Continue reading