Makers in the Nursing Unit: Lessons Learned from America’s Amazing MakerNurses


We launched MakerNurse last year to find inventive nurses around the country who combine the Maker ethic with their own mission to heal patients. After visiting dozens of nursing units, meeting scores of nurses and patients, and testing dozens of medical hardware hacking components, we are finding we can do more to democratize medical fabrication. Makers, nurses and caregivers are at the forefront of this movement. We outline a dozen examples from Brooklyn, TX, CA, MA, VA, and Montana and the maker caregivers behind them. As we create a community that Makes Health, we look at some ideas on how to make it thrive. All of us can DIY Medtech!

Serious Science with Open Source Tools


The Maker movement has created a new set of tools that can be used to do serious science. I will discuss how Arduino microcontrollers and the R statistical language can be used to do science like the pros. Arduino boards can be interfaced with sensors and memory devices to measure and record environmental data. The data can help us to understand our environment and address questions about environmental change. The R statistical language can be used to visual data, summarize it, and test hypotheses. I will use examples from my own work in environmental science to show how these incredible tools put serious science within reach of Makers.

String from Sticks!


Stringmaking Demonstration The knowledge of how to ply fibers into usable lengths is one of the most basic, essential and important of human life skills, and yet, most modern people have never seen it done. Cordage (string) & rope have long been utilized (and treasured) by humans from every part of the world as tools in fishing and hunting, for carrying burdens, constructing shelters, in textiles, for tying bundles of possessions together, and so on. This demonstration helps bring this essential technology to life.

Ruby Laser


This custom ruby laser was built from surplus parts, and produces enough energy in a single shot to drill holes in metal. Ruby lasers have also been used to make hologram snapshots and to measure the distance to the moon.