TEDActive Makers Hack Art, Urbanization, and Kinetic Energy

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TED is an annual, global idea conference. TEDActive is the arm of the TED conference that engages thinkers and doers in projects centered on the TED Prize. What happens when an artist, an engineer, an inventor, and a technology guru at TEDActive put their heads together around the idea of urbanization? Talk turns to making as an impromptu team emerges. Luis Cillimingras of Ideo was

Geeking Out With Theme Park Designers at SATE’11

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When I told my nine year-old that I met the person who created the Clutch Powers Lego hero, he screamed with excitement. The true heroes of the theme park world (the people who dream up, design, and build our favorite themed attractions around the world) converged at the Ports of Call at Sea World in Orlando, Florida recently to share, socialize, and engage at the

Legoland Florida: A Geeky Preview

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Legoland Florida officially opens Saturday, October 15, 2011, but I was lucky enough to get a recent behind-the-scenes tour. Prediction: Lego fans: Prepare to go crazy at Legoland Florida. First, the park is beautiful. Amazingly detailed giant Lego sculptures are everywhere. Secondly, the rides and attractions are highly interactive. We cannot wait to try out the dark shooter ride and experience the 4D films! Third,

Google Breadcrumb: Slightly Geeky and Fun Mobile Learning Tool

According to a Microsoft infographic on the Digital Buzz website, there are four billion mobile phones in use around the world.  Even more intriguing is that mobile Internet usage is on course to overtake desktop Internet usage by 2014. In addition, of those four billion mobile phone users, over 60% of them are using their devices to play games.  Thanks to Google Breadcrumb, these four

Celebrate Pi Day by Learning the Secret of the Circle

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Hands-on projects are great learning tools for kids, especially when they involve the word ‘secret’. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Pi Day (March 14 or “3.14”) with kids than to help them unlock the circle’s secret and discover Pi!  This fun activity uses common office supplies and household materials and is easy even for younger kids. Materials needed A compass or