STEM Camp

News report from ABC-13 (wmbb.com) on the Forida State University's STEM Camp, a STEM project amied at eduaction both teachers and students to foster stronger STEM activities in the classroom.  Watch the report on YouTube

DIY Inexpensive Laser Cutter with Infrared Diode

A laser cutter works by following a predefined path to cut the material underneath.  Industrial grade CO2 lasers use the “traditional method” shown below because they have sufficient power range (20-100 Watts) to cut through steel like butter.  But, of course, they’re expensive so when you need a laser cutter that’s within a DIY-ers budget, you learn to innovate...

 

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Advancing Engineering Education in P-12 Classrooms

Engineering as a profession faces the challenge of making the use of technology ubiquitous and transparent in society while at the same time raising young learners' interest and  understanding of how technology works. Educational efforts in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (i.e., STEM disciplines) continue to grow in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade (P-12) as part of addressing this challenge.

Rutgers to create 2 'hackerspaces' for tech-savvy student innovation

NEW BRUNSWICK — They make honeycomb-style modular homes, fashion fire bowls out of discarded elevator cables, launch high-altitude balloons to near space, host underground hip hop concerts and create medical lab equipment for developing countries.

Libraries Make Room For High-Tech 'Hackerspaces'

As information becomes more digital, public libraries are striving to redefine their roles. A small number are working to create "hackerspaces," where do-it-yourselfers share sophisticated tools and their expertise.

The Allen County Public Library, which serves the city of Fort Wayne, Ind., has a modest hackerspace inside a trailer in its parking lot. Library director Jeff Krull says hosting it is consistent with the library's mission.

Every Child a Maker

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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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