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Atlanta Maker Faire Road Trip!

  Hey Macon Makers! SparkMacon Makerspace wants to invite you for an amazing road trip to Atlanta Maker Faire in Decatur, GA on Oct 1st! Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire

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Taking Time Lapse Photos with Your Raspberry Pi

One of my friends from SparkMacon makerspace had a question about taking time lapse photos using a Raspberry Pi.  Since this feels like a fun starter project for many makers, I wanted to share an approach using an easy computer vision library, SimpleCV.   SimpleCV by http://www.sightmachine.com/  enables novice programmers to build computer vision experiences using

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Drive Your Raspberry Pi Robot using Python Web API

I’ve enjoyed building my own DIY Raspberry Pi robot and wanted to share the ideas behind building a remote control interface using the Flask python web framework.  This small HTTP based programming interface enabled me to build multiple apps to drive my robot.  You might enjoy using these ideas in your hobby robot design. Here’s

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3D Printing Examples at NASA Space Camp

Thank you to my niece Ana for sending me pictures of some cool 3D printed artifacts.   I really appreciate it.   She’s currently attending a fun NASA space camp.   It’s fun to see what’s possible with 3D printing.

 
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10 DIY Laser Cutter Project Ideas

Published on July 9, 2016 by in technology

  Month 3: July 16 – Laser cutting: Makers will learn the basics of designing for the laser cutter by creating beautiful bookmarks, key chains, or jewelry.  Makers will learn techniques for editing scalable vector graphics for laser cutting jobs using InkScape, a free graphics design tool.   We will also introduce ways to design 3-dimensional

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Reflecting on 3D Modeling and Game Design workshop

We had a great time during our 3D modeling workshop at SparkMacon yesterday.   This workshop, the second class in our Summer Maker skills series, helps makers learn how to build 3D stuff for games, art and 3D printing.  The skills used in this workshop can apply to many topic areas:  medical applications, engineering, game design,

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MakerFaire Projects You Don’t Want to Miss

My last #EditorsChoice award of this year's #MakerFaire to the giant squid #Mechateuthis. #MFBA16 pic.twitter.com/hrwmn8gdIz — Alasdair Allan (@aallan) May 23, 2016 New book for #Maker educators! "Meaningful Making" – now in print AND free download https://t.co/RcNzqPl1Ss #makerfaire — Sylvia LibowMartinez (@smartinez) May 22, 2016 Laser cutting with Glowforge #MFBA16 #makerfaire #DIY https://t.co/ZBFjBfQG37 — Maker

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Maker Skills Summer Workshops at SparkMacon

Through making and tinkering, students learn using their hands, grow their creativity, and become more curious about their world and testing the limits of what is possible. SparkMacon makerspace has designed a series of workshops to connect you with the essential technology skills of inventing using computer programming, digital fabrication, and robotics.   Through this workshop series,

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Minetest: a free and open source alternative to #Minecraft

Clever teachers around the world have found ways to adapt the popular open world block-building game Minecraft to teach lessons ranging from computer programming, math, history, and more.   Minecraft is like having an infinite bag of Legos.    Minecraft has empowered players young and old to build amazing environments and inspires a special kind of creativity

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4 Middle Georgia Makerspaces to Boost Your Creativity

Published on April 28, 2016 by in technology

Across the world, maker spaces have become hubs for creative technologists and artists to gather to share community, ideas, tools, and grassroots education.  In the years that I’ve blogged on InspiredToEducate.NET, it has been amazing to see the growth of the makers movement in Middle Georgia.   I still remember my road trip to Augusta,

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