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.

3D design software

After you get tired of downloading “things” from “Thingiverse” or when you find that noone has just the right 3D model for what you need, you will need to consider getting some 3D software to do your own modeling.  This

What is filament for a 3D printer?

If you are new to 3D printing, here’s a quick description of printer filament.  3D printers use plastic filament (think weed eater string) to print in 3D very much like your 2D paper printer.  If you still can’t visualize what

What is a 3D printer?

3D printers are miniature manufacturing plants that produce things.  What kind of things?  3D things of course!  Even with that explanation, people keep asking us if it’s like their printer at home and whether they use paper.  The printers that

My first time lapse!

3D printed Thinker sculpture

My wife calls me “The Mad Scientist” because I love to build crazy things, but I still get excited every time I try something new or make something clever.  As a maker, it is hard not to get excited when