Category Archives: Get Inspired

Safe Solar Viewer (Again!)


Are you planning on viewing the Solar Eclipse (Monday, August 21, 2017)?  Are you traveling to view the total eclipse?  (Maryland is located outside the total eclipse zone.)  Avoid eye damage by using proper techniques during partial eclipse phases. Join us at the MakerSpace this Sunday, August 6 from 10am to 2PM to make a Safe Solar Viewer. We will be building a Safe Solar Viewer  with two lenses.  (The second lens is a Barlow lens; it will magnify and project the image of the sun.)  We’ve got boxes, spare binder clips, and lenses.  This is a child-friendly activity (although… (Read More)

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First Day of Spring

The first day of spring seems like the perfect day to get out of a slump and start down the path of making great things happen. Yeah, sure, New Year’s day seems to have a stranglehold on this idea. But let’s have a show of hands of everyone who has kept their resolutions alive for the last 80 days. If so, you’ve maybe lasted long enough to create or break a habit. Studies differ on this but what does it matter except to you. So here we are. I’m starting the season off with a challenge to myself. I’m going… (Read More)

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Rubik’s Cube Solver Bot

One of our makers at Just Robotics Summer Camp built a Rubik’s Cube Solver Bot.  The robot was based on the Mindcub3r design for LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Robotics Set. MakerSpace has a resident rubik’s cube solver that often performs at festivals and events, but this robot is by far the coolest looking rubik’s cube solver bot I’ve ever seen. Check out the video:

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Dale Dougherty, and Maker Faires

Dale Daugherty is a technology and publishing enthusiast. He co-founded O’Reilly Media, founded MAKE magazine, and created the world’s largest DIY festival, Maker Faire. I know Mr. Daugherty (he doesn’t know me, I’m sure) from his pioneering creation of Global Network Navigator, the first commercial website on the Internet. At the time, I was the owner of a small consulting company in upstate New York and GNN inspired us to launch Global Electronic Marketing Service, a venture to market real estate online. It was a very educational experience, but in 1993 we were on a shoestring budget and slightly ahead… (Read More)

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Stephen Ritz, and the Green Bronx Machine

Stephen Ritz is a teacher at Discovery High School in the Bronx, NY. Working in special education, he works with "the most marginalized and disenfranchised [students] in New York City." In 2009, his students built an "edible wall" in their science class. That led to the creation of the Green Bronx Machine, "an urban agriculture education program that integrates farming and technology into the classroom to yield organic produce and job opportunities for public high school students in the South Bronx." It is important to note that in 2011, despite the success and popularity of the programs initiated by Mr. Ritz,… (Read More)

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William Adams, aka, is a musician, songwriter, singer, and producer. He is best known for his lead role in the hip hop group Black Eyed Peas. is also an entrepreneur and a social activist with an "initiative to inspire students and young people to cultivate an interest in science." In 2011, teamed up with Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST Robotics, to promote STEM education. In addition to speaking directly to the student participants of FIRST, from the season kickoff to the championship tournament, created a primetime TV special, FIRST: Science is Rock and Roll, and… (Read More)

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Dave Eggers and 826 Valencia

Dave Eggers is a writer, editor, and publisher. When he was ready to collect his partners and colleagues into one co-working space, they went two steps beyond opening a traditional office. First, they allocated space and their afternoon hours to providing after-school tutoring for the neighborhood kids. Second, because their chosen space was zoned for retail use, they opened up a fake pirate supply store. What they developed was a model that worked (the “fake” store is even profitable!) and their writing and tutoring centers are now into 8 cities across the country. Our own 826DC and the Museum of… (Read More)

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