JULY 7th–11th — Be it by land, sea, or air, makers are always moving, using the things we build to propel ourselves forward with the power of our imaginations. Being a part of Maker Camp means you’re on the move as well, and it’s no coincidence we’ll be launching this awesome summer-long journey from the spaceport to the future, the New York Hall of Science.
As we launch into Maker Camp 2014, we dream of life throughout our solar system and reaching to the farthest galaxies. Join us as we go behind-the-scenes at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and see the James Webb Space Telescope being assembled live. For this first day of camp, we will be in residence at the New York Hall of Science where Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin will invite us to participate in his Mars Cycler program.Watch Our Hangout
Imagine if there was a motorcycle that your mom would actually let you ride. Well, the guys at Lit Motors have invented a brand new way of moving around in the world that combines the fun of a motorcycle with the safety of a car. No helmet required! At today's Maker Camp Hangout, we'll chat with Daniel Kim, the founder of Lit Motors, and learn more about how he made this whole new kind of vehicle, and then meet Jesse and Blaine, who created the Rallier car to transform a 1962 Citron CV into a new fuel-efficient roadster.Watch Our Hangout
Visit the robotic zoo of the future today at Maker Camp! Hop on over to Google+ as we explore everything from bionic kangaroos to an elephant trunk-arm. We chat with fluid power engineer Jacqueline MacPherson and robo-wrangler Andrea Ziomek, both of Festo, to learn how this engineering dream factory looks to the natural world for inspiration in the emerging field of bionics. Meet Festo's Aqua Jelly, Aqua Penguin, Aqua Ray, the Airacuda, and more!Watch Our Hangout
Even among the rough-and-tumble breed of New York City bike messengers, Red Bull Pro Cyclist Austin Horse stands out with his combination of speed, endurance and brains. When he's not racing at breakneck speeds, he's on the road with his clever mobile bike shop. Our other guests Steve Davee and Aiden S will show off a portable workshop of their own design! All three will share their visions of a bike-friendly metropolis today at Maker Camp, and you'll learn some tips on how to be bike-street smart. Plus we'll show you how to make your bike really shine this summer. And don't miss out on the premiere of a new segment Sam + Joe's Corner, made by campers just like you!Watch Our Hangout
For our first 2014 Maker Camp Field Trip, we're going behind the scenes at Google's new service Street View Treks, the next step in providing the most accurate map of the world. We'll be guided by John Bailey, Google Program Manager for Geo Education, and Jill North, Google Associate Program Manager for Streetview North America. Not only will you see detailed images of the world around us, you'll learn how to create "photospheres" of your own neighborhood! Plus get started on your first Weekend Project so you can keep making until Monday!Watch Our Field Trip
JULY 14th–18th — When we make something, we infuse it with a little bit of ourselves, whether it’s a robot or a painting. This week, campers merge form and function to create things that are beautiful as well as useful. People say it’s important to create art for art’s sake; at Maker Camp, we make for making’s sake. Supercampers: To make every single Daily Project this week, some things you may need to buy are conductive thread, some LEDs, CR2032 batteries, and conductive metal tape. The rest you probably have on hand, but please check each project page for the tools and materials to be sure you are all stocked up.
Breathe some life into your closet with some high-tech hacking and haute couture imagination. Becky Stern has been adding electronics to craft and design projects since she was a kid, and she's here to help you make wearables that don't just look smart--they are smart, with chips and circuits stitched right in. Plus, "Fashion's Queen of DIY" Erica Domesek will give some tips for customizing and personalizing your crafty fashion style.Watch Our Hangout
Every year, artist, designers and hackers converge in the Black Rock Desert for Burning Man. Makers from around the world use the event to showcase their work in a spirit of self-expression. Our guest today, Jessica Hobbs, is one of the designers behind one of Burning Man's major, commissioned structures: the Temple of Flux. She and two Flux Foundation collaborators will share some secrets about making huge art installations to share with 60,000 of your best friends. Our Flux guests will also lead us in the community education project TweetHaus.Watch Our Hangout
The first time you see a 3-D printer in action, it's awesome. The possibilities are as endless as your spool of filament! Carla Diana has channelled her love of technology and design into the picture book, LEO, the Maker Prince — where every character in the book can be printed. The founders of Nervous System also stop by to show how they're taking the patterns found in nature and feeding them into digital printers to make some of the most mind-blowing objects you've ever seen.Watch Our Hangout
MIT researcher Jie Qi is pioneering the use of paper, conductive copper tape, and LEDs to electrify your notebooks and letters. Her research investigates new materials and techniques for blending electronics with traditional arts and crafts media to create expressive and personally meaningful technology. Her current project is Circuit Stickers, which turn flexible circuit boards into stickers for making electronics with paper craft.Watch Our Hangout
Adventures in animation! This Friday we’ll explore the fantastical animation creation that is Cartoon Network. From the Land of Ooo to Beach City... from characters like Mordecai and Rigby to Uncle Grandpa... Cartoon Network Studios will show us the weird and wonderful world behind our favorite shows!Watch Our Field Trip
JULY 21st–25th — It wouldn’t be summer if we didn't take time to play. This is the week we devote to making fun. We'll build cars to race and invent new games to play with friends we’ve made at Maker Camp. Everyone wins when we make it ourselves! Supercampers: To make every single Daily Project this week, some things you may need to buy are a piezo and 2x AA battery pack (or a MaKey MaKey), sugar cubes or blocks, metal washers, and binder posts. The rest you probably have on hand, but please check each project page for the tools and materials to be sure you are all stocked up. We're always adding to each week's schedule: check back for updates!
Two Bit Circus productions break down barriers and get people playing together in interactive and meaningful ways. We’ve developed multiple platforms, both permanent and traveling, that keep people engaged, enriched, and entertained. Learn how they make fun more fun! Then, take out your tweezers and dig into your own custom Operation game.Watch Our Hangout
Get a hole-in-one! A dream team of industrial designers, robotics engineers, welders and artists — including today's guests Anne Mayoral and Chris Myers — created Urban Putt, a fantastical, high-tech 14-hole mini-golf course. Imagination has free reign and all of the senses are engaged in this technically sophisticated playground for people of all ages. Then we meet Alice Taylor of MakieLabs who shows us how to make another kind of toy: custom dolls.Watch Our Hangout
Minecraft, where you can build a world from your imagination! But who are the makers behind this makers' utopia? Today we meet with Jens Bergensten LIVE from the global capital of Minecraft, Mojang, where the game is continually built and refined. We'll get a behind-the-scenes peek at what it takes to develop this uniquely creative game. PLEASE NOTE THE LIVE HOA IS AT 9A PACIFIC / 12P EASTERN.Watch Our Hangout
From zippy little toy cars to sound-enhanced skate ramps, today is our day to party in the park. We'll head over to the Hudson River Park to visit a pop-up makerspace surrounded by sunbathers and frisbee throwers. It's really summer!Watch Our Hangout
SPECIAL TIME — at 9am Pacific we fly over to Europe to visit the beautiful village of Billund, Denmark: the birthplace of the beloved brick made by LEGO for 65 years. We catch up with Lee Magpili of LEGO Education, who will give us a behind-the-scenes tour at the LEGO Idea House.Watch Our Field Trip
JULY 28th – AUGUST 1st — Makers push the boundaries—where others see roadblocks, we see opportunities to use our imaginations and the tools around us. If something we need doesn’t exist, we make it. At Maker Camp, it’s up to every one of us to create the future and learning how is the first step. Science & Technology offers many “A-ha!” moments of surprise and delight. Supercampers: To make every single Daily Project this week, some things you may need to buy are an Arduino, a large-ish piece of clear plastic or glass, and a clean brush whose handle you can cut off. The rest you probably have on hand, but please check each project page for the tools and materials to be sure you are all stocked up. We're always adding to each week's schedule: check back for updates!
We're working on a super cool visit to have on for the first day of this awesome week. Check back later!
Robots of the future won't look much like what we think of as robots. Today we meet delightfully different types.
AUGUST 4th–8th — We may not know the name of the song, but if you hum a few bars, we can probably build an instrument to play it on. We learn how at Maker Camp this week. While building a guitar or an amplifier may seem like something only craftspeople can do, you’d be surprised what you can make with a few parts scrounged from around your home. Then it’ll be time to jam with other campers and make some noise! Supercampers: To make every single Daily Project this week, some things you may need to buy are a piezo and an Arduino. The rest you probably have on hand, but please check each project page for the tools and materials to be sure you are all stocked up. We're always adding to each week's schedule: check back for updates!
Featuring Kyrsten Mate of Skywalker Sound at Industrial Light and Magic.
Last year, Jay Silver made a banana piano with Damian of OKGo. This year, the JoyLabz team, including Jay, his brother Beau, and co-founder Eric Rosenbaum, come back to show off everything from a water bucket-based Dance Dance Revolution to a staircase octave. Everything is an instrument when you listen to the world with the ears of this Maker dream team!
LIVE from their very blue home at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, this is an exclusive backstage tour not to be missed! Blue Man Group Las Vegas has turbo-charged its show with electrifying music, sensational technology, and innovative new ways of interacting with the audience. This thrilling, energy-infused performance introduces wildly inventive musical instruments, a humorous look at robots and creativity, and a mind-blowing (literally) tour inside the neural network of the human brain.
AUGUST 11th–15th — In a world where the line between reality and fantasy is thinner than a carbon nanotube, making our imaginations come true can be a whole lot of fun. In this final week of Maker Camp, we bring a little Hollywood magic to life, learning about special effects and make-up, and exploring the "make" in make believe.
Makeup effects artist Margaret Caragan is the founder and owner of Pandora FX. She creates highly detailed makeup effects for film. Her specialty is casualty and character makeups, custom prosthetics for creatures, likeness, old age, injuries and extreme transformations.
You may know Aardman Animations—the recognized world leader in model animation—best for its hilarious and whimsical series Wallace & Gromit, but if you have not yet met Shaun the Sheep then "ewe" are missing out! Today model-making expert Jim shows us how to build a model of Shaun! Finally, we get an introduction to Aardman's new Shaun's Game Academy, which introduces new coders around the world to the power of programming through Scratch.
LIVE from Los Angeles, California
You probably know Buzz Aldrin as one of the first two humans to walk on another world: he and Neil Armstrong made their famous lunar walk on July 20, 1969 as part of the historic Apollo 11 mission.
After retiring from NASA, Buzz founded Starcraft Boosters, a rocket design company, and the ShareSpace Foundation, a nonprofit devoted to advancing space education and exploration. Buzz also has received three U.S. patents for his inventions, including the Starbooster reusable rockets.
Buzz has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal, the two highest American honors. He also has a moon crater and an asteroid named after him. From writing books to inventing spacecraft parts to talking to young explorers, Buzz continues to chart a course for future space travel.
The Webb (sometimes called JWST) will be a large infrared telescope with a 6.5-meter primary mirror. The project is working to a 2018 launch date. JWST will be the premier observatory of the next decade, serving thousands of astronomers worldwide. It will study every phase in the history of our Universe, ranging from the first luminous glows after the Big Bang, to the formation of solar systems capable of supporting life on planets like Earth, to the evolution of our own Solar System. Webb was formerly known as the "Next Generation Space Telescope" (NGST).
A native of Portland, Oregon, Dan studied Physics and Biology at Reed College. He interrupted his studies to get hands-on with vehicles, working as a Land Rover mechanic and earning ASE certification to rebuild automatic transmissions. Following a year of solo world travel, he embarked on the truck project that would lead to the inspiration for the C-1 and Lit Motors. After a short stint studying Architecture at UC Berkeley, Dan finished at the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Industrial Design and Sustainable Transportation. During and after his time at RISD, Dan also led several vehicle research teams at the MIT Media Lab. Dan’s decade of experience in vehicle architecture, prototype development, and team-building encompasses all forms of transportation, from SUVs to electric scooters to titanium bicycles.
Even among the rough-and-tumble breed of bike messengers, Red Bull Pro Cyclist Austin Horse stands out. The New York City rider excels in courier-style street races, where pedal-pushers employ speed, endurance and brains to hit numerous checkpoints on the way to the finish line. The biggest comp on his continent is the North American Cycle Courier Championship, which Austin won in both 2006 and 2008. What’s his secret? His day job. “I just work, I don’t really train,” he explains. “Between messengering and food delivery, I’m on the bike seven to 13 hours a day.” [from Red Bull Bike]
Becky Stern is the Director of Wearable Electronics at Adafruit. Each week she publishes a new do-it-yourself craft+tech project tutorial and video and also hosts the YouTube Live show "Wearable Electronics with Becky Stern." She's been combining textiles with electronics since 2005, and helps develop the Adafruit FLORA wearable Arduino-compatible product line. She's been shooting video since age five, and sewing since age eight. Becky studied at Parsons The New School for Design and Arizona State University and teaches at School of Visual Arts'Products of Design grad program. She is a member of the Brooklyn art combine Madagascar Institute and the internet-based group Free Art & Technology (FAT).
People have often described Jessica Hobbs as someone trying to lead a compulsively artistic life, which is more or less true. She started off her adventure in a small Sierra Foothill town and eventually meandered her way to the San Francisco Bay Area. Along the way Jess has worn many hats: running and creating community art programs, counseling teenagers, curating, exhibiting, designing, photographing and playing with some girls who love lipstick and accelerants. She is an MFA graduate from the San Francisco Art Institute and has been wandering and creating large scale art around the world for well over a decade. She believes collaboration is key in community and art.
Elise is an artist, educator, and theater nerd. Professional interests include immersive performance, the intersection of fashion and technology, and arts-integrated education. She is in charge of Concept Developer & Circus Wares for Two Bit Circus.
Sphero, founded by Ian Bernstein and Adam Wilson and based in Boulder, Colorado, creates connected toys that offer a new kind of open play experience. Their smart robots and open software will inspire the next generation of inventors and programmers.