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Want to Use an Arduino But Don’t Have One?

If you’d like to experiment with an Arduino project, but don’t have access to an Arduino board or add-on electronics, consider working with a “Virtual” Arduino using the wonderful Circuits.io website that is hosted by Autodesk. I was recently looking

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So Many Cool Arduino Projects: Where to Start?

You can do so many different cool projects with an Arduino microcontroller, it’s hard to know where to start once you’ve mastered the basics.  To help with that, I’ve brought together some of my favorite projects. I’ve completed some of

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Canadian University Makerspaces Open to All Students

I recently was asked to look into how many Canadian Universities operated makerspaces that were open to all students on their campuses. Almost all universities have at least one makerspace on campus, but they are often only available to engineering

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3D Printing Workshop

I taught the first “Introduction to 3D Printing” workshop held in the UVic Libraries Digital Scholarship Commons (DSC) on April 6th. All of the 14 library staff who participated learned how to prepare 3D models from the Thingiverse.com website, and

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Interactive Stories with TWINE

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to publish an interactive story, where the reader is able to make decisions that affect the direction or outcome of the story, then Twine might be the tool for you.  Twine’s

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Smartphones & Tablets: Educational Distractions or Bicycles for Our Minds?

The short answer is YES!  Yes, smartphones and tablets can be wonderful learning tools, or bicycles for our minds if used properly, and Yes, they can be a huge distraction if unskilfully used. A recent study describes how disruptive smartphone

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Conserving Energy One Home at a Time

Had a great discussion about conserving energy at home with the Victoria Computer Club. Great group, and lots of good questions and discussion. Here are my slides from my presentation: Conserving Energy One Home at a Time from Rich McCue

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