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Maker uses Arduino to enable his Wife To Hear Again

During our last Arduino meetup at SparkMacon makerspace, I had the pleasure of witnessing a most moving talk.  In organizing this conversation, we wanted to discuss why tinkering and engineering with Arduino matters.  It’s helpful to remember that the makers movement  is important because it creates new opportunities to serve and change lives with more

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Real Impact – Women in STEAM Conference 2017

I wanted to give a shoutout to one of my favorite “hands on” learning organizations in Macon: Real Impact Center.   Real impact center focuses on helping to inspire the next generation of young ladies to consider careers as science and technology professionals.  Given that women are underrepresented in STEM career fields, Real Impact has an important

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Making Chord Progressions using Sonic Pi

I have to confess that I love music and code. When I get to share my two favorite things in one package, it gets me excited. In previous blog posts, I had talked about an amazing tool called Sonic-Pi for introducing music theory and computer science. While preparing this blog post, I had forgotten how

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7 Free Apps for 3D Design and Building Cool Stuff

AutoDesk TinkerCAD – This web-based application has become my favorite way to introduce 3D design to makers of all ages.  It comes with accessible tutorials to help you understand the software quickly.  I have used TinkerCAD.com to engage students as early as 3rd grade due to the high usability of this product.   You can quickly

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Applications of HoloLens in Education and Training

The Microsoft HoloLens has become the leading device in heads-up augmented reality. You can think of the HoloLens as a Windows 10 computer that you wear on your head with amazing context awareness of your room, your location, and direction of focus. The location and mapping capabilities of this device enable users to place 3D

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Celebrating SparkMacon Makerspace Community in 2016

Happy Holidays everyone!  We wanted to share a few memories and pictures from our community outreach in 2016 and workshops.   We’ve also included pictures from our road trip to Atlanta Maker Faire.  We’re very thankful to our team and community members who continue to grow Macon as a Maker City! From my perspective, I

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Tiz the Season To Code a Christmas Song

Hi, friends! Hope that you and your family have a very Merry Christmas. Last week, we celebrated National computer science week. In schools over the world, kids and adults had their first exposure to the fundamentals of computer science: putting commands in order, looping, breaking problems into smaller parts, and decision making.  Make sure to

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Import 3D Scenes Into Minecraft using MCEdit2 #makered #minecraft #minecraftedu

In our classes for young makers, we discuss how digital fabrication technology will be a game-changer.   In future work, more jobs will involve converting digital content into physical things through technologies like 3D printing, CNC, and other similar technologies.   Students love playing video games and enjoy the opportunity to learn how to make

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How To Create Collaborative Digital Art using #JavaScript

Published on October 21, 2016 by in technology

In this tutorial, we’ll explore the process of building a digital drawing canvas where artists can simultaneously collaborate. You can test drive the collaborative drawing canvas below. To draw, just click and drag your mouse. Open drawing area in another window. Complete Code Sample To explore building a collaborative digital art canvas, we’ll start with

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5 Powerful JavaScript Frameworks for 2D and 3D Graphics #javascript

https://threejs.org/ – A 3D graphics library for HTML and JavaScript. Make sure to check out sample code here and at https://stemkoski.github.io/Three.js/.   Writing Google Cardboard apps?  Check out https://vr.chromeexperiments.com/.  This link has template code for building a Google Cardboard app using JavaScript. http://p5js.org/ – “…a JavaScript library that starts with the original goal of Processing, to make coding

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