Unscrewed

Author: Ed Sobey
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1569768943
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Perfect for the do-it-yourselfer, this handy guide to household electronics gives the weekend workbench enthusiast a multitude of ideas on how to salvage valuable parts from old electronics and turn them into useful gadgets once more. This handbook is loaded with information and helpful tips for disassembling old and broken electronics. Each of the more than 50 deconstruction projects includes a "treasures cache" of the components to be found, a required tools list, and step-by-step instructions with photos on how to safely extract the working components. Projects include building a desk lamp from an old flatbed scanner, a barbeque supercharger from a Dustbuster impeller, and a robot from the gears, rollers, and stepper motor found in an ink-jet printer. Now, old VHS players and fax machines will find new life with these fun ideas.

Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction 3

Author: John Austin
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1613745516
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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In a world where moats and drawbridges are in short supply, many people are poorly equipped to defend their turf. However, author and toy designer John Austin can show even the novice knight how to turn pencils, rubber bands, and binder clips into powerful, miniaturized catapults and more. A pair of chopsticks, a few cotton swabs, tape, and string make a handy launcher. A pair of old CDs, craft sticks, and discarded batteries can be fashioned into a working trebuchet. And a bottle cap and rubber band can be transformed into a tiny, toothpick-launching crossbow. This handy resource provides detailed, step-by-step instructions with diagrams to show desktop warriors how to build 35 different siege weapons. All of the projects in MiniWeapons of Mass Destruction 3 are built from common household and office items—plastic rulers, disposable utensils, markers, clothes pins, paper clips, wire hangers, and discarded packaging—all clearly detailed on materials lists. Builders are given a variety of catapults, crossbows, trebuchets, ballistae, and onagers to choose from. Once they’ve assembled their arsenals, the author provides readers a number of medieval targets to practice their shooting skills. An empty milk carton becomes a siege tower; an oatmeal box, a castle turret. Armed and trained, there’s no need for a person’s cubicle, desk, or personal space to go undefended. Huzzah! John Austin is a professional toy designer and author of MiniWeapons of Mass Destruction, So Now You’re a Zombie, and MiniWeapons of Mass Destruction 2. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Best STEM Resources for NextGen Scientists

Author: Jennifer L. Hopwood
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1610697227
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Intended to support the national initiative to strengthen learning in areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, this book helps librarians who work with youth in school and public libraries to build better collections and more effectively use these collections through readers' advisory and programming. • Introduces more than 500 STEM resource suggestions for toddlers to young adults • Highlights more than 25 detailed library program or activity suggestions to be paired with STEM book titles • Provides resource suggestions for professional development • Contains bonus sections on STEM-related graphic novels, apps, and other media

Geek Mom

Author: Kathy Ceceri
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
ISBN: 0823085929
Format: PDF, Docs
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The editors of GeekMom, sister site to Wired's GeekDad blog, offer a range of cool projects and parenting advice centered around raising kids in the tech age.

62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer

Author: Randy Sarafan
Publisher: Workman Publishing
ISBN: 0761159762
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Computer hacking takes on a whole new meaning when you're going at it with a screwdriver and hammer: announcing the most wildly inventive, eco-friendly craft book on repurposing everyday objects since Generation T. Except in this case the raw material isn't a T-shirt, but the stuff we all have lying around and have no idea what to do with, or even how to get rid of properly—your old cell phone, a broken printer, irredeemable iPod, busted digital camera, mysterious thatches of cables and wires, orphaned keyboards, and of course, those dead PCs and laptops. Created by a Parsons design graduate who’s obsessed with navigating the intersection of art and technology, here are 62 ingenious projects that are irresistibly geek-chic. An iMac Terrarium—how cool is that? A laptop Digital Photo Frame. The impressively green Scanner Compost Bin. Plus a power strip Bird Feeder, Walkman Soap Dish, My First Squiggle Bot, Qwerty Hair Tie, Flat-screen Ant Farm. Each project has complete, step-by-step instructions, is rated by difficulty—in a thorough first chapter the author covers all the tools and skills needed to take apart electronics safely—and is arranged by use, from stuff for the house, to fashion, toys, arts and crafts, items for pets, and more.

Car Models That Zoom

Author: Ed Sobey
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781491064092
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Make a car model in minutes. Start with a cardboard frame and add motors to create hovercraft, solar-powered models, cable cars, and more. Explore ways to power your models with balloons, rubber bands and electric motors. In the classroom and at home kids learn science fundamentals as they fast prototype their models to get them going farther and faster. They are encouraged to be creative and try their own ideas. Materials are inexpensive and easy to find. The models have been tested by the author in his teacher workshops in 25 countries around the world. Kids make models, try them, improve them, and measure their results. This book engages students in learning the laws of motion, energy transfer and conservation, and the principles of electric circuits in addition to forces and momentum.

The Motorboat Book

Author: Ed Sobey
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 161374451X
Format: PDF
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There's more than one way to power a toy boat. Electric motors, balloons, gears, water jets, belt drives, chemical reactions, steam, and even gravity can be used to propel a small ship across a pool. Also, the boats' propellers and paddles can be side-mounted or at the stern, or even sit above the waterline, like a fan-powered swamp boat. "The Motorboat Book" will show children how to build more than 20 different models through step-by-step instructions with clear photos. And if they'd rather travel under the water than over it, the book has 6 different submarine projects. In addition to the boatbuilding activities, author Ed Sobey includes instructions on how to build an "ocean" to test the boats, as well as accessories such as four different water pumps, waterproof battery and motor cases, and a working foghorn. Most of the boats are built from recycled and easy-to-find materials, but an appendix lists local and online sources for wire, plastic propellers, small motors, and more. Educators will appreciate the Meeting Science Standards summary at the end of the book.

The Anarchist Cookbook

Author: William Powell
Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc
ISBN: 1387589660
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The Anarchist Cookbook will shock, it will disturb, it will provoke. It places in historical perspective an era when "Turn on, Burn down, Blow up" are revolutionary slogans of the day. Says the author" "This book... is not written for the members of fringe political groups, such as the Weatherman, or The Minutemen. Those radical groups don't need this book. They already know everything that's in here. If the real people of America, the silent majority, are going to survive, they must educate themselves. That is the purpose of this book." In what the author considers a survival guide, there is explicit information on the uses and effects of drugs, ranging from pot to heroin to peanuts. There i detailed advice concerning electronics, sabotage, and surveillance, with data on everything from bugs to scramblers. There is a comprehensive chapter on natural, non-lethal, and lethal weapons, running the gamut from cattle prods to sub-machine guns to bows and arrows.

Homeland

Author: Cory Doctorow
Publisher: Tor Teen
ISBN: 1466805870
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In Cory Doctorow's wildly successful Little Brother, young Marcus Yallow was arbitrarily detained and brutalized by the government in the wake of a terrorist attack on San Francisco—an experience that led him to become a leader of the whole movement of technologically clued-in teenagers, fighting back against the tyrannical security state. A few years later, California's economy collapses, but Marcus's hacktivist past lands him a job as webmaster for a crusading politician who promises reform. Soon his former nemesis Masha emerges from the political underground to gift him with a thumbdrive containing a Wikileaks-style cable-dump of hard evidence of corporate and governmental perfidy. It's incendiary stuff—and if Masha goes missing, Marcus is supposed to release it to the world. Then Marcus sees Masha being kidnapped by the same government agents who detained and tortured Marcus years earlier. Marcus can leak the archive Masha gave him—but he can't admit to being the leaker, because that will cost his employer the election. He's surrounded by friends who remember what he did a few years ago and regard him as a hacker hero. He can't even attend a demonstration without being dragged onstage and handed a mike. He's not at all sure that just dumping the archive onto the Internet, before he's gone through its millions of words, is the right thing to do. Meanwhile, people are beginning to shadow him, people who look like they're used to inflicting pain until they get the answers they want. Fast-moving, passionate, and as current as next week, Homeland is every bit the equal of Little Brother—a paean to activism, to courage, to the drive to make the world a better place. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Robot Builders Bonanza

Author: Gordon McComb
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education TAB
ISBN: 9781260135015
Format: PDF
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The bestselling guide to robot building—fully updated for the latest technologies Learn to build fun and interesting robots—from kits, pre-made parts, or from scratch—using the hands-on information contained in this practical guide. The book clearly explains the essential hardware, circuits, and brains and contains easy-to-follow, step-by-step plans for low-cost, cool robotics projects. Robot Builder’s Bonanza, Fifth Edition contains more than 30 new projects for hobbyists of all ages and skill levels. The projects are modular and can be combined to create a variety of highly intelligent and workable custom robots. Along the way, you will discover the wonders of mechanical design, electronics, and computer programming. Who knew learning could be so fun! •Includes working robot plans for Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and BBC micro:bit •Online content includes source code and extended project plans •Written by a dedicated hobbyist, robotics expert, and experienced author