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The Big Book of Makerspace Projects: Inspiring Makers to Experiment, Create, and Learn

Book Description

Start-to-finish, fun projects for makers of all types, ages, and skill levels!

This easy-to-follow guide features dozens of DIY, low-cost projects that will arm you with the skills necessary to dream up and build your own creations. The Big Book of Makerspace Projects: Inspiring Makers to Experiment, Create, and Learn offers practical tips for beginners and open-ended challenges for advanced makers. Each project features non-technical, step-by-step instructions with photos and illustrations to ensure success and expand your imagination. You will learn recyclables hacks, smartphone tweaks, paper circuits, e-textiles, musical instruments, coding and programming, 3-D printing, and much, much more!

Discover how to create:

• Brushbot warriors, scribble machines, and balloon hovercrafts
• Smartphone illusions, holograms, and projections
• Paper circuits, origami, greeting cards, and pop-ups
• Dodgeball, mazes, and other interesting Scratch games
• Organs, guitars, and percussion instruments
• Sewed LED bracelets, art cuffs, and Arduino stuffie
• Makey Makey and littleBits gadgets
• Programs for plug-and-play and Bluetooth-enabled robots
• 3D design and printing projects and enhancements

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. 1 An Introduction to Making and Tinkering
    1. Sharing
    2. Making Projects Accessible
    3. Classroom Tips
    4. Go Make Something!
    5. A Note On Safety
  8. 2 Starting Small and Low Cost
    1. Project 1: Brush Bot Warriors
    2. Project 2: Cardboard Arena
    3. Obstacles and Traps
    4. Project 3: DIY Paper Clip and Brad Switches
    5. Reusing an Existing Switch
    6. Projects 4 and 5: Scribble Machines
    7. Project 4: Scribble Bots
    8. Project 5: Perfect Circle Machine with littleBits
    9. Projects 6–8: Balloons and Straws
    10. Project 6: Balloon Monorail
    11. Project 7: Balloon Hovercraft
    12. Project 8: Balloon Boats and Cars
    13. “Make Something That Moves” Challenge
  9. 3 Smart Phone Projects
    1. Project 9: Pepper’s Ghost
    2. Get Smart
    3. Project 10: Smart Phone Hologram/Illusion Challenge
    4. Project 11: Smart Phone Projector
    5. “Smart Stand” Challenge
  10. 4 Paper Circuits
    1. Project 12: LED Origami
    2. Projects 13–16: Paper Circuit Greeting Cards
    3. Project 13: Simple Circuit Card
    4. Project 14: Flip the Switch Card
    5. Project 15: Parallel Circuit Card
    6. Project 16: Disco Branched Circuit Card
    7. Projects 17 and 18: Pop-Up Paper Circuitry Tricks
    8. Project 17: Pull-Tab Switch
    9. Project 18: Tiered Pull-Tab Trick
    10. “Pop-Up Paper Circuitry Book” Challenge
  11. 5 Coding
    1. Project 19: Getting to Know Scratch
    2. Project 20: Scratch Maze Game
    3. Project 21: Arduino littleBits Project—Using Ardublock
    4. “Coding” Challenge
  12. 6 Musical Instruments
    1. Project 22: Popsicle Stick Kazoo
    2. Project 23: DIY Phonograph
    3. PVC Instrument Safety Tips
    4. Project 24: PVC Playground Pipe Organ
    5. Shakers and Rainsticks
    6. Project 25: Rainsticks
    7. Project 26: One-String Guitar
    8. Project 27: Adding a Piezo Pickup and an Audio Jack to an Existing Project
    9. “DIY Musical Instrument” Challenge
  13. 7 Sewing Circuits: Beginner to Advanced E-Textiles
    1. Project 28: Sewing LED Bracelets
    2. Project 29: Wearable Art Cuff with DIY Switch
    3. Project 30: Heavy Metal Stuffie with Lilypad Arduino
    4. “E-Textile” Challenge
  14. 8 Makey Makey
    1. Projects 31–33: Building Swing Switches, Fold Switches, and Pressure Sensors
    2. Project 31: Building a Swing Switch
    3. Project 32: Building a Fold Switch
    4. Project 33: Building a Pressure-Sensor Switch
    5. Project 34: Makey Makey Paper Circuit
    6. Project 35: Marble Wall Switches
    7. “Makey Makey Assistive Technology” Challenge
  15. 9 Coding and Programming Objects
    1. Project 36: Programming Dash and Dot with Tickle App
    2. Equilateral Triangle with Dash/Dot
    3. Right Triangle with Dash and Dot
    4. Obtuse Triangle with Dash
    5. Project 37: Programming Triangles with Sphero and Tickle
    6. Right Triangle with Sphero
    7. Project 38: Programming Triangles with Sphero and SPRK Lightning Lab
    8. Project 39: Programming a Robot Dance Party With Tickle
    9. Project 40: Programming with Hummingbird Robotics and Snap!
    10. “App-Smashing Programming” Challenge
  16. 10 littleBits
    1. Project 41: Robot Arms and Moving Gates
    2. Project 42: Flashing Rainbow Lamp or Tunnel
    3. Project 43: Classic Miniature Golf Windmill
    4. “How Does __ Work? And Can I Make My Own?” Challenge
  17. 11 3D Printing
    1. Project 44: Designing for Makey Makey—Earth Bracelet
    2. Project 45: Designing for Littlebits—Wheels and Pulleys for a DC Motor
    3. Project 46: DIY Phonograph Top
    4. Project 47: Sphero Paddles
    5. “3D Printing” Challenge
  18. 12 Mixing It All Together
    1. Project 48: Adding a Makey Makey Go Switch and littleBits Audio to a Smart Phone Projector
    2. Project 49: littleBits Makey Makey Confetti Catapult Photo Finish
    3. Project 50: Musical Paper Circuits with Makey Makey Go
    4. Project 51: littleBits Sphero Smart Track
    5. “Makerspace Mash-Up Fun” Challenge
  19. Appendix
  20. Index