March 2014

What Is a Simple Bot?

One of the staples of the making world is the robot.  Who doesn't want to make a robot?  For folks who are starting out in making, the simple bot is a good solution.  Taking robots down a notch, a simple bot is essentially a machine built with simple motors and mechanical components.  These materials are often repurposed from other tools, toys, or objects.  Whereas a robot relies on pr

How do you turn this thing on?

What turns a trend into a reality in libraryland? When do we go from thinking that we need to try something to actually writing up a description, making a plan, and putting it into our newsletters?

The answer is a concrete outline. Even if that outline involves you flying by the seat of your pants. It is from that cobbled together program outline from which you will eventually grow into an expert.

The Space-less Makerspace

One of the toughest mental blocks of the maker movement in libraries is that word we hear round and round: makerspace. It conjures up images of wood shavings on the floor, sparks flying from an anvil, machines buzzing, tools hammering, goggles and stripped wires and a poured concrete floor and, at a bare minimum, four walls and a door.