3D Printing Tips and Tricks: PLA vs Humidity

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

5 Questions With a 5-Year-Old: One Year Later

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A look back at the past year of 5 Questions with a 5-Year-Old, including all 29 interviews, lessons learned, and where we’re going from here. Continue reading

Kickstarter Review: MudWatt Getting Dirty With STEM

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MudWatt is a microbial fuel cell kit that is intended to teach and spark an interest in energy, biology, physics, chemistry, and engineering across a wide-range of ages. Continue reading

Calling All Makers: Be a Part of the Denver Mini Maker Faire

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Fire up your soldering irons and sharpen up your scissors. The 2015 Mini Maker Faire is returning to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science June 13-14, and they want you. Continue reading

Unboxing Wil Wheaton With Quarterly.co

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Quarterly Co. is another contender in the surprise-in-a-box arena. Their unique take is that they have different subscriptions based on curators. When I heard that none other than Wil Wheaton was becoming a curator, I signed up immediately. Continue reading

Geek’s Guide to National Parks

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The U.S. National Park Service is turning 100 – its the perfect time to geek out at your park with this comprehensive guide of citizen science, astronomy, adventure, and even LARP programs and events in parks. Continue reading

How-To: Cardboard Robots and Rocketships

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We just had our son’s second birthday party. He’s already a geek-in-the-making, so the theme we decided on for him was Robots and Rocketships. He already loves both, thanks to a bounty of robot and rocketship toys he’s received in the past two years plus my own collection of both that I willfully share with him (yes, I’ve even let him play with vintage Transformers). Continue reading

Kickstarter Reminder — DuinoKit Jr. Electronics/Arduino Project Kit

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This is just a quick reminder that the DuinoKit Jr. Kickstarter project is down to less than a week. It’s already reached its funding goal, so any stragglers out there who might be looking for a fun all-in-one electronics style kit that teaches Arduino and programming, take a look at the DuinoKit Jr.

Project owner, Dan Alich, has finished two successful Kickstarter projects previously, both larger versions of this kit called the DuinoKit Essentials. Dan understands the issues with manufacturing and shipping, so he’s got the experience needed to delivery the products on time for a May 2015 delivery. Continue reading

Acer Switch 11: DIY Printable Wall Mount

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As part of Acer’s Seize The Idea contest I’ve continued looking around the house for a good project, and my eyes once again came back to my 3D printer table. It is cluttered, messy, and much too small for the number of things I use it for. Soon after printing the stand for the Switch 11 and changing to Octoprint for printer control a new soldering station arrived. With its placement on the table here is little room left to actually solder anything, so something else has to go. Continue reading