A Maker Project Rubric

UPDATE: New version added 5 JUL 17. Improved verbiage, CC license added. Also, answering a specific question, the picture is a stainless steel car…we all want our projects to be polished, right? I get lots of questions about incorporating making into classes here at Davidson, but probably the most frequently-asked is “How do I grade […]

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Maker Faire Bay Area 2017: Day Three

Major Takeaways Consumer-level fabrication tools have matured to the point where it’s helpful to have guidance in choosing. That says volumes about the scope of this market. AR still looks primitive, but is already hackable by hobbyists. Watch this space over the next 24 months, and invest wisely. IoT again. That the toolchain is maturing is indicated […]

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Maker Faire Bay Area 2017: Day Two

      Major Takeaways The Bay Area has a relatively enormous food/kitchen-hacking community. No matter what you want to do, there’s a board for it. Arduino has a ton of users. No, really, the numbers are shocking. Maker Faire never fails to have a large number of “Okay, cool, but…why?” projects. Bay Area doubly […]

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We need better filters

What’s the opposite of censorship? Certainly I was always taught that it was free speech. But I’ve watched online communication grow from BBS systems to the modern web, and I’m not sure I believe those are the true endpoints of the pendular swing. I think there’s a point where you go clear through free speech […]

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