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Maker Profile: Supercomputing Challenge

Supercomputing Challenge

Supercomputing Challenge is a non profit where mid and high schoolers get a chance to make a difference in their community or in real science and math NOW!

The Mission of the Supercomputing Challenge is to teach teams of middle and high schools students how to use powerful computers to analyze, model and solve real world problems.

Supercomputing Challenge teams tackle a range of interesting problems to solve. The most successful projects address a topic that holds great interest for the team. In recent years, ideas for projects have come from Astronomy, Geology, Physics, Ecology, Mathematics, Economics, Sociology, and Computer Science. It is very important that the problem a team chooses is what we call “real world” and not imaginary. A “real world” problem has measurable components. We use the term Computational Science to refer to science problems that we wish to solve and explain using computer models. See their website’s science projects page for details and examples.

More on their website: http://supercomputingchallenge.org

 

Maker Profile: Recycle Everything!

Recycle Everything with Joy Raab-Faber

Recycling Everything

Plant hanger with flowers, made from recycled baling twine

Copy, beg, collect, save up, swap and recycle everything! I look for the shortest most direct path to recycling everything from paper to tractor parts. I want my work to demonstrate that recycling is easy, fun, sometimes profitable, always entertaining and leaves you with a big smile! Recycling is also an excellent vehicle for networking and learning new skills.

I work hard to invest my work with simple human power and to recycle using less energy than it takes to make the objects in the first place, non-toxic glue and paints and durable finishes when required.                               ~Joy Raab-Faber

Hands-on activities all day long!

Maker Profile: ABQZineFest

ABQ ZineFest

ZineFest

ABQ Zine Fest presents HOW-TO make an 8 page Mini Zine from one sheet of 8 x 11 paper! We’ll write, draw, collage, layout and ready our zines for printing!  Learn about the rich history zines (starting with Benjamin Franklin) and D.I.Y. publishing! Try your hand at telling a BIG story on a TINY surface! Fun for the whole family.

Go to this year’s ZineFest in October! More on their website: http://abqzinefest.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ABQZineFest

Maker Profile: Mobile Hotel Room

Mobile Hotel Room by Terry Holt

Mobile Hotel Room_THold

Meet the inventor! See the project!

Some Excerpts from Terry’s own journal:

Styrofoam: Art or Invention?  Either way… if you want a camper you can walk away from or live in, in all kinds of weather, THIS may be it…

After coming up with a design that looked like a small salt box house. I decided to do what I call a functional mockup of styrofoam and duct tape. This was low cost and easy to fabricate.

In a week I had a working model. I tested it in 110 degree days and in some cool nights. It worked wonderfully well and stood some pretty high winds too. The news said gusts up to 50 mph but probably not that fast in my yard. But still enough to scare me over my brain child.Terry_Holt

Realizing that the plywood version would be 10 times as heavy and not nearly as good thermally, I decided to stick with the white styrofoam…

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…it was time to return to my love in Canada; so I collapsed the shelter onto the trailer and headed North towing my brain child.

It was not an uneventful trip…but… There was more excitement with the lighting, but that is of a more mundane nature…

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I measured it’s internal temperature in minus 20-30C weather when heated with a small tent heater. It was over 70F. Styrofoam was a good choice.”            ~Terry Holt

Check out the Quelab’s post and slideshow! http://quelab.net/wordpress/879/terrys-amazing-little-camping-trailer/

Why we Make! by Adam Savage

Adam Savage’s talk at Maker Faire Bay Area 2012. Adam tells a great story about his Indiana Jones hat, how he got started building his obsessions, and why makers should embrace the things that they have no choice but to make.