Thursday, January 16, 2014

Can the Maker Movement be Virtual ?

Not all students have a significant adult with the appropriate skills or a shed full of tools to have our own Maker Space. Can the idea of a Maker Space be started in a virtual environment. Could the iPad provide the opportunity to gets kids tinkering - at least enough to see if they really want to explore the notions of becoming a maker. These apps are not a replacement experience for the real maker concept but rather an initial alternative for kids who can not find a maker co-op near them.

Maker Faire - The Official App: FREE
Maker Faire is the Greatest Show and Tell on Earth—a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, This app helps you discover Maker Faire exhibits and presentations.

How To: FREE
Find inspiration and discover a community for DIY, making, and upcycling. How. Do is the place where high-tech meets old-school crafts. Capture your very own Micro Guide. Just take a picture or video, record your voice with instructions and share to Pinterest, Tumblr or Facebook to showcase your skills.

123D Catch: FREE
Use your camera to capture the people, places and things around you as amazingly realistic 3D experiences. Capture friends, sculptures, buildings or anything else you can photograph. Then turn your photos into realistic 3D models by taking a series of photographs from different angles.

Introducing 123D Make Intro!: FREE
123D Make lets you turn 3D models into 2D build plans with assembly instructions. Simply draw a profile curve and 123D Make will automatically turn it into a revolved construction. Print, save and share your 2D build plans to construct your creation out of standard corrugated cardboard.

Gamepress: FREE
A game creation app that allows anyone to make the games of their imaginations with no programming or graphic design. Whether you have a story to tell, a topic to teach, or just want to play a game, GamePress allows you to create, share, and play right on your iPad. GamePress is fun, creative, and entertaining.

All projects need resources - your crazy little hobby or finding the cure for cancer. Your power drill, a few hours of your time or an unused particle accelerator can help a curious mind discover something that will change the world. makerSQR brings together people and projects to create new knowledge.

Circuit Playground: $2.99 AU
Simplifies electronic calculations so you can have more fun hacking, making and building your projects. Calculate component values as well as decipher resistor and capacitor codes. Quickly convert between decimal, hexadecimal, binary or ASCII and create pinout diagrams for ICs, connectors and boards.

SnapGuide: FREE
Snapguide is a simple way to share and view step-by-step how to guides. Discover new things to cook, build, wear, play and more. Create your own guides and share what you love making with your friends on social media. Discuss your interests with other people who share your passions.

Building Parallel Circuits: $0.99 AU
Using 3D graphics and 2D electronic symbols, you will build simple parallel circuits by using wires, batteries, switches, and light bulbs. By constructing a closed circuit with two light bulbs, you will develop a deeper understanding of series and parallel circuits. This is a great opportunity to learn about basic electrical circuits. Enjoy!

Simple Rockets: $1.99 AU
Design your own rocket ships. See if you have what it takes to be a rocket scientist. Choose and connect different parts to build rocket ships. Built in challenges to compete with others to see who can go the fastest, fly farthest, orbit with least amount of fuel, land on the moon, and so much more.

The Crankamacllit: $2.99 AU
The Crankamacallit is a children’s story about building an imaginary vehicle. Kids are mesmerised by the step-by-step process of the Crankamacallit’s creation and feel like active participants as they make discoveries, panoramas and play with the drawing tool A highly interactive iPad apps for kids?

Monster Physics: $0.99 AU
A unique building app that lets you build and operate your own car, crane, rocket ship, plane, helicopter, tank and more! Build intricate, working contraptions with over 68 different parts including wheels, rockets, propellers, cannons and wings. Choose different materials - metal, wood, plastic orrubber


  1. I am sorry but this list of apps to virtually explore the making of real things seems surreal at best. Making things means making real things. Not some virtual version of the real. Nothing wrong with the virtual but by definition it isn't real. And I believe the reason folks are rediscovering making things is because it is inherently human, to make something that might outlive the human who made it.

  2. Great assortment of virtual maker apps. One may make something in real life or in the virtual world; the idea of the Maker Movement is to make something. Another twist could be a blended model of people making something in real life and sharing and collaborating in the virtual world. Thanks again for some great apps related to the Maker Movement.

  3. Thanks Darlynda

    I appreciate the link to the article on twitter and thought the link might be worth adding here - Blended Model for Maker Movement - Online Summer Camp -


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