Category Archives: education

Stompy at Artisans Asylum

Gui has been scheming about big giant rideable bugs. Again.

Note the two seats side by side. This is no solo ride.
You may be confused as to how large this robot is. The distance between the centers of the two middle legs, folks, is currently 17 feet. That’s about a lane of traffic… and a half. The bottom of the frame is over 6 feet off the ground.

Stompy is being hatched at Artisan’s Asylum as a series of classes.

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Bald Wisdom » Blog Archive » Debut of the DuckyBots!

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Kevin created a new project type for this year’s Cambridge Mini Maker Faire. In his Post Faire Recap, he says:

The idea for duckybots started from a conversation at the Boston Robotics Meetup with Meredith Garniss.  In addition to trying to involve kids in robotics, we thought it would be good to inspire the adult robotics crew to create for kids.

Programs like FIRST robotics, and school programs are already full of people interested in STEM and robotics, and we wanted to find something that would turn kids on to the joys of Science and Engineering.

DuckyBots was total crowdbait. Kids and adults were thronged around the booth modding and testing robotic ducks until we had to take the pond away, pack up the motors and put the yellow duckies into their little nests for the night.

Check out Kevin’s comprehensive update on participating in Cambridge Mini Maker Faire for more details.

I lasered my lunch!

After watching The Last Leaf in video form, I had a hankering for lasered lunch.
Why? Because.Well.Lasers!

While I was interested in the video from Ok Go already, I’ve seen it a few more times in the past week since danger!awesome exhibited at Cambridge Mini Maker Faire.

On Friday evening, I ran into Nadeem at Artisan’s Asylum for a presentation by the Awesome Foundation. We talked briefly about the video. One of the most powerful things he said was

We realized from doing that video that we can do anything. Even if we don’t know how. We can assemble a team of people and do it.

If you don’t know how, that shouldn’t stop you from getting started.

As lunchtime approached, It occurred to me that there was some nice bread on my sandwich. Nice, laserable bread. I made some letters, arranged the sandwich on the bed, adjusted the placement, and gave it a try.

While I was lasering up my lunch, some students stopped by to work on projects in my classroom. They got a kick out of it. I took a few photos because, well, I was going to eat the evidence. As the next class of students came in, I showed the pictures. Word does travel fast, since a few students into the group, one of them told me he had already heard about my Sammich Experiment.

This brings out the importance of meeting other makers. We need to see each other’s work, hear the stories of creation, and inspire each other. Seeing what somebody else did can cause each of us to reach to new ideas in our own creative work, which can influence the important creative work of others. I showed my lasered lunch project to a few people, and it got some of them thinking about their own projects. Pass it on!

Parts and Crafts at Cambridge Mini Maker Faire

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Katie Gradowski and Will Macfarlane operate Parts and Crafts, an awesome program for maker kids in Somerville, MA. They’re running a vacation camp this week. They’ve built into their planning having their campers organize and conduct a hands-on exhibit for kids at the Cambridge Mini Maker Faire this Friday from 12-4pm.

Will and Katie explain a bit of what they’re about:

We do a bunch of different kinds of projects, and we’ll be coming to the Cambridge Mini Maker Faire with some interesting things that we’ve made, at the moment, along with smaller things, this is looking like it should be a bike-cart built into some kind of space-ship shape, some backpack mounted pressurized water-guns, along with materials on how to make a couple of small interesting projects.

Admission to the Cambridge Mini Maker Faire is free. Come join us to meet great people and see amazing projects from noon to 4pm on Friday, April 20th at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School.  The CMMF is sponsored by Artisan’s Asylum, and is timed to coincide with the Cambridge Science Festival Carnival.

Getting there: The Cambridge Mini Maker Faire is held at 449 Broadway, site of the main branch of the Cambridge Public Library, and Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. The Cambridge Science Festival site has a map of the area with details on other events at the Carnival. Limited parking is available beneath the Cambridge Public Library, and under the tennis courts on Ellery Street.

Artisan’s Asylum, partner of Cambridge Mini Maker Faire

Where would you go if you wanted to work with some of the most amazing tools and incredibly talented makers creating unbelievable projects? Why Artisan’s Asylum, of course!

They have a typically busy weekend ahead. Gui writes:

As part of the Cambridge Science Festival, Artisan’s Asylum will be hosting an Open House this Saturday from 1PM to 5PM. Explore exciting fabrication technology, get up close and personal with the work of our resident engineers, inventors, artists and craftspeople, see examples of things you can make and learn to make here, and mingle with our members, instructors and staff! This event is free and open to the public, with light refreshments available.

Artisan’s Asylum will be hosting a one-week trebuchet design and build competition starting on Sunday.

At the Cambridge Mini Maker Faire this Friday, Artisan’s Asylum is planning to have lots of information about the organization and projects that people are working on. They’ll have some of the makers in their vibrant community showing projects, including a motorized barber chair, robots and more.

For more information on Artisan’s Asylum, visit their site, where you can find out about the organization and register for classes. They also have an active Facebook group and Flickr group.

Admission to the Cambridge Mini Maker Faire is free. Come join us to meet great people and see amazing projects from noon to 4pm on Friday, April 20th at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School.  The CMMF is sponsored by Artisan’s Asylum, and is timed to coincide with the Cambridge Science Festival Carnival.

Getting there: The Cambridge Mini Maker Faire is held at 449 Broadway, site of the main branch of the Cambridge Public Library, and Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. The Cambridge Science Festival site has a map of the area with details on other events at the Carnival. Limited parking is available beneath the Cambridge Public Library, and under the tennis courts on Ellery Street.