Author: The Mad Scientist
Muahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!! Ok, now that I have that out... I can get to work. For as long as I can remember, I have been making things. This habit used to be called "Inventing" but has lately been repurposed by the Maker community with the term "Maker". While there are some subtle differences between Inventing and Making, I have discovered my passion for both by inspiring a new generation of Makers. In this quest to spark creative thinking and problem solving through practical and exciting projects, I draw on my background in biomedical research, high energy fiber laser development, and 15 years of building laboratory devices. As an experimental physicist with a PhD from Case Western Reserve University, I have seen research and development from many angles and am now bringing that experience to middle school and high school students who want to make everything from catapults to cybernetic augmentations. Through the medium of Making and Inventing, students are transformed from passive observers of education to active learners. This powerful shift fosters deep insights, creative expression, collaborative thinking and a host of other skills that are difficult to learn in traditional settings. Along with my wife Debby, an accomplished constructivist educator, I am on a quest to transform education and am looking for like-minded collaborators to bring hands-on learning to future generations.

Educating Makers: The First Step to Revolutionary Change

MediaBistro invited us to come out to their Inside 3D Printing conference in NYC last week. This particular conference had a large contingent from the investor side of 3D printing as well as a good showing from local artists and

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Educating Makers: The First Step to Revolutionary Change [Resources]

[abstract][presentation resources]   Abstract: [dropcap]T[/dropcap]able Top Inventing’s Chief Maker and Resident Mad Scientist, Steve Kurti is delivering an impassioned plea at the Inside 3D Printing Conference in New York City about the importance of maker education as a catalyst of

Students creating the future

Students at the Renbrook School in West Hartford, CT have been in the news.  We first met teachers Jean and Jay last fall after a friend of mine introduced us.  After a couple of discussions over an internet video connection,

At the 3D Printer World Expo in Burbank

Debby admires a 3D printed dinosaur by CreaZaurus3D.

Debby and I had a chance to speak at the 3D Printer World Expo in Burbank, CA, this past week (Jan. 31).  We had a blast and quickly got information overload.  For those of you that couldn’t go, we thought

Interview with David Thornburg

At the recent 3D Printer World Expo conference, I had a chance to interview the innovative and dynamic Dr. David Thornburg.  David is a forward thinking visionary in education and his Thornburg Center is home to some of the most

Two Bugs, 3D Printers, and 4th Graders

Clark Barnett is a 4th grade teacher who is using the Afinia H479 3D printer in his classroom.  He has been experimenting with having the kids design and then tell stories about the designs.  I could write about the theory

Practical Applications for the Afinia H479 and Arduino

Recently, I helped a student build a device known as an electrospinner.  The purpose of this device is to make nanofibers.  Nanofibers are just very small threads.  Now what do I mean by “very small”?  By very small, I mean

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Mad Maker Kids – New Classes

We have had a deluge of interest in our new maker classes for middle/high school kids.  Below is a short video showing our most recent class having fun and learning about 3D printing, 3D CAD design, microcomputer programming, and electronics.

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The Dot

What can I say but that I absolutely love the work of Peter Reynolds. My kids love The DOT, and our Welsh Corgi is named Ish because even though he’s small, he’s dog-ish. So when our little 3D printing company

What is Support Material?

This video shows support material and the process of getting it off.  We show two models with support material:  one with a lot and one with a moderate amount.  Not all model print with support, and we’ll post a video

Filament Clips

We discovered that if we just let the filament go “sproing” after we removed it from the printers that the filament could get tangled.  The problem is that reinstalling a tangled roll can lead to the extrusion stopping mid print. 

Save your earbuds, get a 3D printer!

So here’s a really great superficial reason to get a 3D printer, but we just uploaded a new design for an “Earbud Saver” on Thingiverse.  Here’s what we wrote there: “Ever pull your earbuds out of your pocket, see the

Makin’ it on Broadway – Metrix in Seattle

So I thought that since I was already in Seattle for business that I’d stop in to one of the local hackerspaces.  After a little searching online, the one that looked the closest and most promising was the Metrix Create:Space. 

CUE 2013 was awesome!

I just can’t believe the outpouring of support we experienced at the Computer Using Educators (CUE 2013) conference these past few days!  This post is a big thank you to all the teachers, administrators, and support staff of the schools

A page out of tech history

Amazing!!  I am not easily brought to tears.  I’m not quite sure why this story did, but I’ll hazard a guess.  It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around numbers like Mach 3.5 (~2700mph!) even with modern technology, and

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