Your Own Private Smart Home

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Smart home products, like dumb ones, fall into a couple different categories: there’s “fun and entertaining” and then there’s “practical.” Fun stuff when made smart tends to offer me the benefit of convenience; for example, I can ask a smart speaker to play my choice of music. Practical products can […]

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First Impressions of The Bantam Desktop CNC Mill

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I was really excited to see this mill pop up, and very happy I got to borrow one for a couple weeks to try it out. In my mind, the Bantam desktop cnc mill represents a positive move, where cnc milling is getting more approachable by normal people. Bantam have […]

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Plan C LIVE: K-12 Maker Educators

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As the process of reopening public life and the economy ebbs and flows in local communities, K-12 schools are planning how and when to reopen their campuses  — including, their makerspaces and maker education programs. This week’s Plan C Live program looks at the challenges schools and their educators face […]

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Learn The Best Ways To Use Make: Projects To Engage Students, Live With Dale Dougherty

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In this Construct 3D Summer Symposium webinar, Using Make: Projects to engage students and document their project process, join Dale Dougherty of Make Community and Frank and Lauren Baldesarra of Engineering.com and Make:Projects. They will share the inspiration behind the Make:Projects platform and provide a brief demonstration of the platform, […]

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Convert Any Bike To Electric With An Easy Front Wheel Motor Kit

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Electric bicycles have been quietly taking the streets by storm in many parts of the world. Why? Because they’re a fantastically fun and efficient way to move around. You get all the joys and freedom of riding a bike (avoiding traffic congestion and parking, for instance) while smashing through physical […]

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PLAN C LIVE: Informal Education in a Pandemic

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Science centers, children’s museums, Boys and Girls Clubs, community centers, even libraries, have been shut down because of COVID-19. The many programs that serve youth afterschool or during the summer have been unavailable while some have shifted to virtual programs.  These organizations, known as informal education, offer learning experiences outside […]

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Plan C: Make Better Now (Video): How 100,000 Volunteers Made Millions of PPE

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If you want to get a sense of all the makers around the world producing PPE over the last several months, watch this video that captures the spirit and spread of these efforts.  How makers have collaborated on solutions and produced PPE in local communities is a big story, one […]

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Open Source Hardware Certifications For June 2020

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The Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA) runs a free program that allows creators to certify that their hardware complies with the community definition of open source hardware.  Whenever you see the certification logo, you know that the certified hardware meets this standard. The certification site includes a full list of […]

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Celebrate The 4th With Ali Spagnola’s Lady Liberty, Constructed From Quarantine Boxes

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  Comedian and songwriter Ali Spagnola has surprised everyone, including herself with this one. Noting the ever growing pile of cardboard thanks to being cooped up for months on end, Ali set off with a goal. She was going to build the statue of liberty. Like any modern day epic […]

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Plan C Live: Re-Opening University Makerspaces

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As the process of re-opening offices and stores in local communities continues, universities, like schools, are planning how and when to reopen their campuses — including, their makerspaces. This week’s Plan C Live program looks at the challenges university makerspaces face and their strategies for re-opening their makerspaces to faculty, […]

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4 Projects For The Perfect 4th of July, Instead Of Buying Fireworks

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Hey, fireworks are cool! They’re fun to look at and fun to set of. We get it! However, they’re also expensive and with times right now being pretty crazy, a lot of people aren’t feeling like going out and buying a bunch. However, there are plenty of projects you can […]

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Mycroft: The Open Source Private Voice Assistant On Raspberry Pi

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Mycroft is an open source voice assistant that respects your privacy. With Mycroft you can listen to music, check the weather, set timers or alarms, ask questions about the world, and much, much more. Unlike other assistants, however, Mycroft is the voice assistant you can trust. Mycroft is private by […]

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