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Great article in The Atlantic about DIY changing Education

Here’s a quick little article that talks about how the DIY movement, especially events like Maker Faire, offers a chance to allow kids to learn by doing. Many education professionals think this is the best way for many kids to learn, but opportunities for this kind have been phased out of many school systems. It […]

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The Superfluid collaboration competition with UArts Corzo Center

The Corzo Center and Superfluid are organizing a competition to encourage collaboration in creative projects. This could come in handy for you if, for example, you have some leet coding skills but you need a designer to get your project done. Superfluid is a virtual currency that helps you trade favors for creative projects and […]

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Netduino Class at Harford Hackerspace this Wednesday!

We’ve had people come to our arduino classes from far and wide, so any of you Hacktory followers down near Baltimore, listen up! The local hackerspace there, Harford Hackerspace, is having a Netduino workshop this coming Wednesday. The fee is $35, which includes a Netduino, and the group has an inside connection with Secret Labs, […]

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Support Neighborhood-led sustainable design here in Philly

The Urban Studio, an great little organization that offers “design services which empower neighborly efforts toward sustainability” has a kick-starter campaign for a new project called Visual Voice. Visual Voice aims to be a megaphone for a city-wide series of conversations at the neighborhood level. The results of the conversations will take visual form in […]

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Robot Parade

Robot Parade from Jared Foster on Vimeo. Hmmm, anybody else getting ideas about a Hacktory community event?

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Make:Philly Wins Best of Philly!

We want to give a huge shout out to our sister organization, Make:Philly for winning Philadelphia Magazine‘s Best of Philly 2010 award for the “place to free your inner nerd”. The Hacktory wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Harris and all the other makers and inventors that have helped build the diy culture in […]

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Quench your thirst for beer and science this summer!

One of our favorite watering holes National Mechanics is hosting Science on Tap, a monthly science lecture sponsored by the Academy of Natural Sciences, the The American Philosophical Society (APS) Museum, CHF, and the Wagner Free Institute of Science. Don’t expect a snore symphony though, these talks are aimed curious, inquisitive young minds, so bring […]

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Jamming a Bluetooth Headset into a Retro Telephone Handset

I had a pretty ugly pink bluetooth headset that I’d never gotten around to using (mostly because it was pink). I was thinking of converting an old traditional push-button desktop telephone into an ‘internet phone’ when it occurred to me that the phone headset was the only important part. As you dial an internet phone […]

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“First Shopped Machine”: One Man’s Pinball Restoration Project

One way to keep in tinkering mode is to have a long term project like the one Mike S. has started. He’s purchased an old pinball machine and is not only teaching himself how to refurbish it but he is blogging about every step. So if you’re interested in starting just such a project, or […]

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Get All Medieval On Your Associates!

This mini-crossbow, as seen at Journey Into Unschooling looks like it could be modified just a bit to be completely sourced from your friendly neighborhood office cubicle. Maybe replace the clothes pin with a binder clip and you will be ready to take it once more unto the breach!

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