Google Links Makerspaces on Homepage

Not a Google Doodle, but almost as good. On July 8th, Google highlighted Makerspaces on their one-liner below the search bar, linking vistors to the Google+ hangout for Makercamp.   Hey Google - How about a homepage link to us :-)

Yeggi, A New Search Engine for 3D Models, Launches

Need a 3D design for a bottle opener? Search Yeggi. You’ll get hundreds of designs, culled from sites like Thingiverse, Ponoko, and Shapeking.

Bio-hackers, crime journalism, and socialstructing the future

Marina Gorbis is executive director of Institute for the Future, a non-profit thinktank where I'm a researcher. Marina has just published a book Nature of the Future, Dispatches from the Socialstructed World about how technology is enabling individuals to connect with one another to follow their passions and get stuff done, outside of large corporations, governments, and the other institutions that typically rule our lives.

Rutgers sophomores Joshua Matthews and Kaitlin Poskaitis

Study. Learn, Code

Hackathons. Python. LaTeX. Foursquare. These names sounds like they’re part of another world, and in some sense they are—the world of Rutgers–New Brunswick sophomores Joshua Matthews and Kaitlin Poskaitis, two computer science students who have teamed up to participate in computer programming competitions known as hackathons.  Read the rest of the article from Rutgers News here.

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8 Spots for Young NYC Inventors: Places Where Kids Can Create Robots, Buildings and More

Children are natural inventors. They're always creating, building and tinkering, and coming up with inventive ways to solve life's problems. Take my oldest son, who after watching me scramble for his little sister's discarded sippy cup for the umpteenth time proposed that we add pop-out wings to her stroller to catch whatever she chucked. While he never did figure out how to develop that product, he's certainly kept busy over the past few years inventing all sorts of other things at a variety of creative places.

3D Printing on the Moon?

Architects Fosters and Partners have revealed designs for a building on the Moon that could be constructed from material already on its surface. An inflatable structure would be transported from Earth, then covered with a shell built by 3D printers. The printers, operated by robots, would use soil from the Moon, known as regolith, to build the layered cover.

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Learning Big Ideas By Doing Science

Two education professors, experts on how children learn science, have endorsed radical proposed changes in the nation’s K-12 science education standards.

NJ Business Idea Competition!

Have a great idea. With the NJ Business Idea Competition, sponsored by FDU, you can put your idea in motion and have our faculty who are experts in business and entrepreneurship evaluate your idea. In addition, you will meet other high school students from across New Jersey who are creative thinkers just like you.  Sound interesting? Well, it's time to get started! See here for more information, and fill out an application here.

New Material 3D prints Functioning Electronics

Researchers at the University of Warwick have opened up the possibilities of easily accessible, functional electronics with the introduction of 3D printable electrically conductive plastic. The plastic composite (nicknamed ‘carbomorph’) allows circuits to be printed, meaning the pieces can actually work.

How MIT Became the Most Important University in the World (..behind Rutgers)

As you can see, we edited the title somewhat, but check out the article from Boston Magazine how a small, unblinged makerespace tucked away at MIT ranks against a sparkling new $20m Innovation Lab at Harvard.  The boys of Bean Town have two approaches on what encourages innovation and entrepreneurship.

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What are Makerspaces?

Makerspaces (also known as Hackerspaces, Creative Spaces, Fab Labs, Makelabs and in California - Makerhoods), according to Wikipedia,  are open community labs where members with common interests (e.g., engineering, computer programming, inventing, graphic design, etc.) gather to share resources, knowledge, career networking and build new devices.  Generally, makerspaces are designed to meet the following needs:

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