March was for Makers - Fantastic Hardware Tutorials, Videos, Podcasts and more!
I'd like to take a moment and be proud of myself and my friend Saron. This last month, March of 2015, we teamed up at decided to come up with a scheme to get folks excited about Making. By making, I mean creating physical things with hardware like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, soldering things, and generally using electricity and software to do awesome stuff.
A lot of us are software engineers, but we don't realize how powerful we can feel when we do things with the software and hardware.
Getting that LED to flash is just the beginning. When you can affect your physical world, the sense of empowerment is intoxicating. This is fantastic not only for old-timers like myself, but also young people and kids who may be looking into engineering as a career.
All month long we did podcasts, blog posts, Twitter chats, and live Google hangouts, all with the goal to get you, dear reader, excited about hardware. I'm REALLY proud of what we accomplished. Note that we both do this on the side as volunteers while holding down regular jobs.
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March Is For Makers
Our little mini event was a great success, as far as we're concerned. We were not measuring things like page views, but rather excited people. Here's a few choice tweets.
It blinks!!!! Aahahahaha it's blinking! I control the physical world with the code I write! Aaaahahaha! #MarchIsForMakers #RaspberryPi #IoT— rvanderkooy (@rvanderkooy) March 31, 2015
Just watched a tutorial on lighting an LED with a @Raspberry_Pi. It all makes sense now! https://t.co/cLaZoCCbiW #MarchIsForMakers— Jonathan Yeong (@JonoYeong) March 14, 2015
Built a C program that reads the x-axis gyro data and displays +/- values on the LCD. #MarchIsForMakers @shanselman pic.twitter.com/I4Mzy4CwIR— Jessie Pusateri (@jessiepusateri) March 9, 2015
The http://www.marchisformakers.com site will continue to live on year-round with occasional updates, and we are planning next years event to be even bigger and more exciting. Until then, all of our content lives on.
Here's some of the highlights of this fantastic month. You can get ALL the content on our site.
- Podcast: Coding Printers with Kate Donahue
- Blog: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Arduino and Raspberry Pi with Julian Feliciano
- Podcast: Learning Robots with Dr. Ayanna Howard of Zyrobotics with Dr. Ayanna Howard
- YouTube: 3D Printing For Beginners with Saron and Scott
- Podcast: Intro To Raspberry Pi with Matt Richardson
- Podcast: Enclosures for your DIY hardware projects with Bertrand Le Roy
- Blog: Arduino 101 - Blood Sugar, an LCD, and an Intel Edison with Scott Hanselman
- Podcast: 3D Printing with Printrbot with Brook Drumm
- YouTube: Raspberry Pi 101 - LIVE Hangout with Saron and Scott
And there's SO MUCH MORE.
Again, please subscribe, and SHARE our adventure with your family, friends, teachers, students, kids, and others who you think would be great makers! #MarchIsForMakers.
Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.
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