Science At Play: Rube Goldberg Machines

You stand staring at a complex contraption of your own design. Hands shaking with excitement, you question if all your hard work calculating, designing, testing, building, and redesigning will pay off. You take a deep breath to calm yourself, and slowly move your hand to set off the first reaction in your highly complicated Rube …

Highlighting the Helpers Around Hartford

Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen the community pull together by staying apart to flatten the curve. From these extraordinary circumstances, we’ve been inspired by innovation, problem -solving, and acts of incredible kindness in our community. From making personal protective equipment (PPE) and using technology to find lifesaving solutions, to supporting the essential workers …

Tool School with Bryan: Driving Screws

Renovators, makers, inventors, and anyone who desires the pure unbridled satisfaction of doing it yourself, this is the blog for you. Here we will be taking a closer look at some of the tools that help you create all those Pinterest projects you’ve been saving. Are these tools dangerous? Yes! Do they multiply your effort …

Meet Your Makers: MakerspaceCT

Nothing happens overnight. Devra Sisitsky, a serial entrepreneur and the Executive Director of MakerspaceCT, read an article about makerspaces in 2014 and felt moved to create one here in her native state of Connecticut. Supporting a societal move from conspicuous consumption to innovation and creation appealed to her, having come from a “family of makers” …

Meet Your Makers: MakeHartford

After a forty year hiatus, the Jumping Frog Contest returned to the Mark Twain House & Museum, only with a twist: the 2019 winner was a robot. All the contestants, actually, were robotic. Bill Hoover, a MakeHartford member and retired biochemist, created the first prize hopper through trial and error. Bill took pride in spending …