Saturday, February 23, 2013

Tea, Earl Gray, Hot.

So I found this article on Discovery yesterday, and I just thought it was plain awesome.
Scientists have created a 3D printer that specializes in food. Yes, food. It uses different food bases to create basic food structures that mimic the taste, nutrition, and texture of hundreds of different foods.   The Fab@Home printer is being looked at by NASA to be used on the ISS to create a little more appetizing foods for the astronauts up there.
It’s not quite the replicator from Star Trek: The Next Generation, but it comes pretty close. It can’t quite print out a hot cup of Earl Gray tea, or even a steak for that matter, but it is still a work in progress and has great options for the future.
You might not be seeing one in everybody’s house soon though. Right now it is best built for extreme outposts, like the ISS or an artic outpost. The printer is not very good at making complex foods like hamburgers, or mimicking the shape while retaining the same taste.  But we will have to see how this turns out in the future!

The Maker Moment

Hi guys!  Today I am going to be talking mainly about this one article. This article, from the Make: blog, talks about probably the most important step in the Maker Movement, called the Maker Moment. This moment is when the economy changes from middle class jobs rising up a corporate ladder, to a much more fluid, innovative, and personal economy.   The phrase used to compare is “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” 

 Millions are unemployed in America. Our economy is in shambles, and most of the working class jobs we had a couple of decades ago have been taken up by technology, or they weren't necessary in the first place. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that we are moving past the needs of these jobs. We are getting rid of the large corporate companies that have millions of people at their disposal.   Our economy is becoming more global and innovative. We are in need of small businesses with big ideas instead of large businesses with big money. We need to be competitive in the new world market, and having an economy that fosters growth and innovation, instead of quantity and making big money for the corporate few, is going to put us at the forefront of creation for the new future.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Hey Guys!   Today I wanted to share with you some of my experiences. These pictures are of me a couple years ago when my dad and I really got into making. For Christmas that year we had gotten a new Welder. These are pictures of us working with it and figuring out how it works. Down below is one of our creations using the welder:

Pretty cool, right?  We found this great cruiser bike at a garage sale, but it was too small for us!  So we cut it in half and made it just a little bigger. ;)
We have moved pretty much on from making bikes. We still might make one every once in a while, but the welder is really what got us into making. That is how we discovered Maker Faire, and it all snowballed from there. What I am trying to say here is that whatever you find with making really opens up the doors to all new possibilities you never knew existed. Making is so much more than just doing stuff. It is all about learning and finding new things and helping people and being a community. You can start seeing a theme with these posts, can’t you? Making is really a community effort, in a way that has never been done before.  Good luck out there, and keep Making!

Friday, February 15, 2013

New Frontiers

Hey everybody!  So today I thought I would show you some examples of more famous organizations joining in, or using the concept of the maker movement. The first is from CNN who have created a new section of their website devoted completely to technical advances and the ideals of the Maker Movement. It is called “Make Create Innovate”, and it can be found here.   The second is something put on by Google, called the Google Science Fair 2013. This site is Google’s official blog post about the fair, and it explains it as this, “inviting students ages 13-18 to participate in the largest online science competition and submit their ideas to change the world.” They say that the world’s greatest innovators started at their teenage years, and they want to give the world’s brightest teens a chance to show their new, revolutionary ideas.   I believe this is an amazing idea. Not just because I am a teen who can theoretically participate in this and win enough scholarships to never have to pay for college. No, I like this because it gives a chance for our generation to make a difference while in their most creative stage. Science has proven time and time again that kid’s brains are the most creative than at any point in their lives. This is because they are still fresh to the world, curious, not dulled down with worries of sustaining themselves and their family. This allows them to look at problems in a whole new light, see beyond the possible, and figure out new and better solutions. Google is not the only one promoting kids to solve big problems. The United Nations have set up a program called The Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN), which calls on some of the best Montessori schools around the nation to participate in a mock United Nations meeting and come up with solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. I have the privilege to be attending one of the schools chosen, and I will be going to New York with 7 of my classmates for four days in April to discuss these problems. The research and preparation for this has already paid off to me, and we haven’t even gotten to New York Yet!  Best of luck in all of your endeavors, whatever they may be.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Maker Faire Quotes

Hello everybody, sorry for the late post, I am still learning the blogger site and my posts on Monday and Friday did not go through.  I will leave you with a couple of quotes about Maker Faire, a meeting of makers where they share their inventions and get new ideas.  
“Maker Faire establishes relationships that did not previously exist…between ideas, between things, between people.”
“…the most important thing Maker Faire does is establish those relationships among makers.”
-Dale Dougherty, editor and publisher of Make: Magazine

Dale Dougherty started Make: Magazine, and has been a key player in setting up Maker Faires and is thought by many to be the metaphorical “Leader” of the Maker Movement. But he has said many times to this that the point of the movement is to not have a leader that people follow underneath of. To me, the movement means that we do not need a leader; we all are equal and working together. No one is better or more important in the movement. Sure, there are people like Dale Dougherty and, say, Adam Savage From the TV show Mythbusters™; who do have more influence, and can attract more people to a Maker Faire, but they will work together with the 14 year old kid there for the first time as if they were the same age.  Another great quote is from a maker who I met at a Maker Faire, who described it as:
“Burning Man meets Popular Mechanics.”
This is a very simple and true definition. Maker Faire is just a place where people with similar intrests hang out, but show off their different projects and ideas and collaborate with each other.  It is this collaboration that makes the Maker Movement so unique.


Sunday, February 3, 2013

Hello World

Salutations fellow life forms! My name is Jackson Carroll, and this first post is just going to be an overview post on what I am doing. I might even make this into an about me page later. But for now, I will settle with just explaining the purpose of this blog.

This blog has been formed for a school project that I am doing. It was a very loose assignment, so I was able to customize it into something that I would enjoy doing until mid May. Don't worry though, I will probably keep up this blog afterwards, but not such a strict posting schedule. I will post every Friday through Monday, most of them will be pretty substantial posts, but a few might just be a couple of links or pictures. I am a very busy student so I have no idea when in the day I will be able to post, but I can promise that I will have something eventually.

As you can tell from the title of this site, this blog is about Making and the Maker Movement.  There will be lots of references to a magazine called Make: Magazine and I would truly recommend it to anybody who hasn't read it yet. Here is the website. For those of you that don't know what the Maker Movement is, Make: Magazine is a pretty good example, so is something they put at many different locations, called Maker Faire. I will go more in depth about these things and what the Maker Movement is over the next week or two, but for now, I will say this - the Maker Movement and making is about experimenting, creating things, and sharing them with this amazing community to make things better. It could be creating new machines that could revolutionize the world, or it could just be fun little toys to get kids to think. The Maker Movement works together, they are a community of people that are completely open to anything that you have or want to say, and just want to help you enjoy what you love to do, whatever that may be.

I will be showing you the ropes of the Maker Movement, or Making. I will talk to you about some of the more popular ideas and technologies experimented with, I will tell you about how to meet people and see some awesome stuff, and just be here giving out information on anything and everything making. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment on any one of my posts, I will be glad to help, or find someone who can. Any posts related to comments or questions I have gotten will not be made based off of the main post schedule, and will be counted as extra posts and answered as soon as I see it.

I will see you tomorrow. Happy making, and don't forget, DIT (Do It Together).