The last day of summer!

I can't believe its already here. But i guess i want to go back to see all my friends. But then again does any body else want to go back?

Posted by Easy Button 10 years ago


Your Summer Traditions and Plans

Summer! It's the season that needs no introduction. I would like to know how you bring the school year to a close. What do you plan to do/make this summer?Next week, I'm headed to a bonfire party where my friends and I will gather all of our schoolwork and toss it into the fire, watching as all the late night stress burns away. At my school, the most common form of closure is the utter destruction of the Springboard book. This ritual has been in practice ever since the book was introduced in Middle School. Trust me, this book is the epitome of evil, boring, pointless busywork. Literally every student in school destroys the book at the end of each year. I usually use it for target practice while I wait for the Fourth of July, then I attach it to various homemade bombs and enjoy the satisfaction of burning bits of paper fluttering in the breeze. Also, I plan to get a job at the new Borders Books so I can save up some money for my MOUT Facility.

Posted by Spl1nt3rC3ll 8 years ago


Summer Yarns Contest

Posted by grooooovy 7 years ago


How where the first days of winter and summer chosen ?

I was just wondering, was it randomly chosen or...

Asked by Quest for Questions 7 years ago


Fun, free "DIY Summer Reading Camp" just started from Education.com

Hey everyone, I work for Education.com, and we just kicked off a super fun (free!) camp we thought the Instructables gang might love.  It's a DIY Summer Reading Camp. Everything you need to host a summer’s worth of fun for your kiddos, while also sneaking in a bit of learning that will keep them off the dreaded “Summer Slide”.  (Did you know that kids who don’t read during the summer can go back to school in fall up to THREE grade levels behind where they were when they left for summer break?  Scary huh?)  Each week has a theme your kids will love (“Bugs”, “Heroes”, “Make Music”, etc) and at least a dozen activities you can do with your kids using materials you likely have around the house already.  You can pick and choose which activities to do each week and you can go through the themes in any order you’d like. Enjoy! www.education.com/summer-reading

Posted by JT Eden 4 years ago


Fun Summer Camps!

Hi, I am looking for some fun summer camps/ job opportunities/internships . I live in Wisconsin but I am could travel to where the camp is. Also I used to Live in the Bay area so it would be nice to go to a camp or get an internship some where in that area. I am currently 14 (Will be 15 in July) so that will limit my possibilities. I enjoy electronics, hiking, building things, surfing and many other things of that nature. Any suggestions, thoughts or comments? Thanks In Advanced, Joe

Posted by joejoerowley 10 years ago


is it worth it to put solar panels on a seasonal residence (used 3 months of the year)?

I work at a summer camp and i am currently working on a project to green the grounds. we want to do solar panels but there is some concern about the camp only being occupied for june, july and august. can they be snowed on in the winter if there is no one there to sweep them off? can we sell the energy back to the grid that is produced in the off months?

Asked by allenle 9 years ago


Summertime!

For most of us summer is almost here (Hah, not here. It's still rainy and cloudy....) and some of us are probably not going to be here at some point or another. So I thought that instead of people posting a whole bunch of forum topics people could just post here, that way people wouldn't have to look every where to see if someone was just on vacation instead of locked in a cupboard in someones basement. Anyway, I wont be here July 16-19 because I'm going to camp. Then sometime after that I'm going to Lake Chelan. I might be able to get one once or twice there though. Then August 10-16 I'll be at a different camp and then I'm going to Sunbanks sometime after that.

Posted by Sunbanks 9 years ago


what should i do this summer Answered

What should i do this summer vacation!!!!!

Asked by taterbond 7 years ago


Summer Camp Staff?

This Summer I will be a handicraft counselor at my local BSA summer camp. I am excited for the experience, but absolutely clueless as  to what to pack. Would it be the same as packing to attend summer camp?  I am a backpacker, and that is how I know how to pack, I've never staffed at a camp before! Any advice would be appreciated.

Asked by dkop1 6 years ago



DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW TO MAKE THE RECORD PURSES

KIDS WANTING TO HAVE SOMETHING TO DO THIS SUMMER TO EARN MONEY

Asked by dusty75 8 years ago


Coming Soon: Krylon Summer Projects Contest

Next week we'll be starting up the Krylon Summer Projects Contest. Any project that uses any Krylon product is eligible. With tons of colors and other products it's easy to use a Krylon product to finish off a project. We'll be giving away Leatherman tools, Krylon prizes, and more. Be sure to check back next week for more info!

Posted by fungus amungus 7 years ago


Im Back Everyone!

Hey everyone! Ive been busy and away from instructibles for a while now. Im back and by the end of the summer ill have new instructibles and videos posted on the group. I look forward to seeing new stuff in the group and invite people to the group sometime, I would love to make the group bigger and have more things added to it.

Posted by Pyromania 10 years ago


I need help thinking of inexpensive projects for middle school students: arts, field trips, educational, whatever. ?

This is optional for them, but I want the kids to want to participate in these projects, so they need to be appealing. They can be fairly complicated, as we can do them over a period of time. The kids are 13-14 years old.

Asked by 9 years ago


Projects over the summer?

Have any of you got any big projects you are going to work on, or any ideas of cool projects that someone could make over the summer? Because i would like to build something over the summer but i have no ideas yet.

Posted by TeacherOfTheWays 9 years ago



SUMMER HOLIDAYS

It's the Summer holidays YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY. Just broken up from school :-) BTW: I'll probably post some more instructables now I have more spare time.

Posted by josh92176 10 years ago


What are your plans for the summer this year?

Are you going somewhere with your family and loved ones or going to stay at your place and enjoy the summers in the cool temperatures of your air conditioner? I am not going anywhere this year and enjoy the hot temperatures outside. What are your plans, please add your replies.

Posted by specialtyairinc 3 years ago


Upcoming Summer Sewing Contest with Singer

It's getting hot in herre! So sew some summer clothes*! It's time for another sweet contest with our friends from Singer!  You know what that means - you show off your mad talents and we give you awesome prizes. So start planning your new summer projects, and get ready to hit the ground sewing! *projects need not be limited to items of clothing.  clothing was referenced merely for cheap Nelly tie-in.

Posted by scoochmaroo 7 years ago


Instructables Summer Camp! (Europe)

So maybe this is an insane idea, but since quite a while now i thought it would be super fun to organize some kind of instructables "summer camp", a week or so somewhere beautiful (maybe with a lake or the sea nearby) with lots of space and lots of materials where one could meet fellow instructablees, hang out, make something nice together and just generally have a good time. as people come from so many parts of the world, and not everybody is made of money and can travel long-distance i know that no matter where such a camp would take place there will always people who can't join. but since the age of the easy-jet-set has made almost all of europe reachable from most places whithin europe (and i happen to live in europe...) i wondered if there would be any other european instructablees who think this is a great idea, too. i'm aware that, to organize it properly some time and work will be needed and it might not even happen this year, but if it would happen next year, it would still be awesome. so what do think? would you like that, too? would you be interested in helping to organize it? tell me! i would be very happy to hear from you!

Posted by sursula 4 years ago


Can you use frozen soda, or flavor ice as ice, in an Electric snow cone maker?

The exact product is the Hamilton Beach Icy Treats Maker, if you need to know.

Asked by flashanimator 7 years ago


How To Make Money COLLABORATION

Im going to start an instructable collaboration on how to make money, it will be geared towards kids and teenagers, people who cant/dont-want-to go get a job. Parts will be general money making ideas and some more specific to the summer months, And try to suggest creative ideas to instead of the average babysit, dog-walk and lawn mow. I am looking for some collaborators, so if you want to help out post a comment below and share some ideas. in about 3 days ill choose around 4-5 people to help! I hope there is some interest beacuse lots of kids ask these questions, hopefully it will be great ! Thanks, SMART

Posted by =SMART= 9 years ago


Call for mentors and students for Google Summer of Code 2014! Google awards stipends of US$5500 to selected students

AerospaceResearch.net[0] accepts applications for mentors and students for Google Summer of Code (GSOC) 2014, now! As a mentor, you can realize your space software, and as a student you are coding it during the summer and are paid US$5500 by Google for it! The application period for Mentors is open now and you can apply via [1]. So be creative and propose your idea and be a trustworthy mentor to a young and creative mind! For you students, the application period starts 10 March and will end 21 March. Prepare yourself and read our and all the other 190 organizations' ideas. And then come back to AerospaceResearch.net, because we have the most awesome coding ideas for your. They are all space applications! Here is a brief overview:   [SSGT-XX] Solar System Grand Tour (continuation of last year's GSOC project)   [DGSN-XX] Distributed Ground Station Network   [COMT-XX] Comet Trails (supported by Institute of Space Systems, Stuttgart University)   [SNET-XX] Sensor Networks (supported by RadioPunks)   [DEOP-XX] Dynamical Evolution of Protoplanets GSOC is an annual coding campaign, in which Google awards stipends (of US$5500) to selected students who work on free and open-source software projects for certain organizations during the summer. This year it is Google's 10th Summer of Code. It will be bigger and better! With this years 190 organizations, it tops last year's 177 open source projects and organizations who took part and mentored 1,192 students and their projects. In general, GSOC is open for students aged 18 and older. It offers diverse projects ranging from software development for Wikipedia and Linux operating systems, to mobile platforms, to firmware and also academic work on basic algorithms. People can also mentor emerging developers during their three months of work and provide support and personal help. On a private remark about GSOC 2013, AerospaceResearch.net was lucky to have been selected as an organization and mentoring three students. This was an "awesome and motivating" experience and we advise projects and students alike to visit GSOC 2014 website and apply! You can find our information and ideas via [1]. During GSOC 2013, we mentored 3 students who coded open-source space application. So this is your chance to combine three things you like during summer: space, programming and money. Of course Google looks for talented programmers like you! Being a mentor is inspiring because you support great students and great space projects. Mentors are also invited to Google HQ in Mountain View (paid flight) to the mentors summit and get a tour. This is rewarding in many ways to be part of such a great campaign! You, as a mentor or student, can propose and let your space project ideas be realized! So if you have coding ideas for your project, you can propose them to us and we will announce them on our ideas page to the coding GSOC students. Here is your chance to find further helping hands. AerospaceResearch.net has open space for everyone! Links: [0] http://aerospaceresearch.net/constellation/forum_thread.php?id=280&postid=1161 [1] https://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/org2/google/gsoc2014/aerospaceresearchnet

Posted by hornig 4 years ago


splash pad??

I want to build a simple, yet fun outdoor water SOMETHING in my backyard for my 11 and 8 year olds. I do not want the cost, upkeep, or permanancy (?) of a pool, and I want it to be something they can enjoy for a while. I ran across a brick splash pad and would like to do that or something similar in our dirt yard. Does anyone know how to do something like this? Any photos? It would be great to be able to turn on just a few sprayers at a time, or choose to have them all. I would think a way to catch and recycle the water (but drain ince in a while). I looked for a post I thought I had seen here before, but nothing turned up. Thank you!

Asked by kj49 6 years ago


Is there any sick parties this summer in Virginia? Answered

My friends and i wat to go to a really cool party this summer and we are underage were 16/17 and we want something to do.  Does anybody know anybody that is having a cool party this summer in Virginia (VA).

Asked by Amanda101 8 years ago


'Most X on record' climate list?

Does anyone know if there's a list/graph of the 'Most -whatever- on record' for the world, season by season? What I mean is, countries recording their hottest summer, wettest winter, worst drought, etc. I ask because it would give a pretty striking visual for climate change. It seems everywhere I spend any time it's the most something season on record, or at least for 40-50 years. Here's a little list I compiled a couple years ago, from where I'd been: 2002 - summer - New Zealand - worst drought on record          - summer - Western Australia - worst drought on record          - spring - Malaysia - hottest on record          - winter - Ireland - wettest on record          - autumn - Ireland - mildest 2003 - summer - Australia - worst drought          - summer - United Kingdom - hottest summer, hottest day          - summer - New Zealand - highest UV index 2004 - summer - British Columbia - longest          - summer and autumn - British Columbia - worst fire season 2005 - winter and spring - Victoria, Australia- wettest          - summer - Australian east coast - hottest          - summer - Western Australia - coolest Since then it's been worst droughts, floods, cyclones, wettest summers, and now snow. If it hasn't been graphed, it should be.

Posted by SolarFlower_org 8 years ago



What Is The Best Pranks For Summer Camp?

I am going to summer camp for 10 days and I need the best pranks in the world. Give me them all.

Asked by Thelonelysandwitch 9 years ago


Schools Out For Summer

Yes, just finished my last final of the semester, and having been in school part time year round since 2003, I'm taking this summer OFF!!!!!! Woo Hooo. I keep calling it the summer of love, cuz I'm gonna love every minute of it. HAHA And barring any emergencies coming up, I'm stopping at the gun store on the way home tomorrow and getting a new toy to celebrate. yeah life is all kinds of awesome right now.

Posted by Tool Using Animal 7 years ago


Collaboration Knex Sniper

I was wondering if anyone would like to build a Bolt Action Knex Sniper rifle with me now that its summer and ill have a lot of free time on my hands.

Posted by KnEx FrEaK 1 1 year ago


Do I need a license of some sort to give children summer drama lessons for a small fee?

They would be held at a local cultural arts center which I would rent.

Asked by akettering 7 years ago


BEAM CAMP SEEKS SUMMER PROJECT DIRECTOR/WORKSHOP MANAGER

Company: Beam Camp (http://www.beamcamp.com)Position: Summer Project Director/Workshop ManagerDates of Employment: 5/21/09 - 8/21/09Location: Work from Home (5/21/09 - 6/21/09) Strafford, NH (6/22/09 - 8/21/09)Salary: $5,000 (food and boarding included 6/22/09-8/18/09)ABOUT BEAM CAMPBeam Camp is a 4-week summer program (July 18-August 16) for boys and girls aged 7-17 in Strafford, New Hampshire. Beam Campers cultivate hands-on skills while exploring innovative thinking, design and the creative process. They transform ideas into artifacts and personal achievement into community success. Each summer Beam commissions a unique large-scale collaborative endeavor that campers produce and enjoy. The Project can range from the conceptual to the structural. Teams of campers guided by the staff work on different aspects of the Project each morning. JOB DESCRIPTION- Position requires 4 weeks of planning work from home prior to 8 weeks of full time residence at summer camp in New Hampshire. - Responsible for planning, supervising and facilitating daily, 3 hour program where up to 90 campers work on the construction of a commissioned project.- Responsible for training, supervising and assigning counselor staff to implement program. - Work closely with administrative staff to select, plan and budget annual project and establish a summer curriculum for project periods.- Manage and supervise workshop facility for use by campers and staff.- Assist in general maintenance and upkeep of camp during operational season.QUALIFICATIONSApplicants should have proven experience with tools, crafts, building, and team leadership. Patience, flexibility, good humor and an interest in mentorship of kids and young adults are required.Please email cover letter and resume to Brian Cohen at brian@beamcamp.com

Posted by Brian Cohen 9 years ago


FINISHED EXAMS !! Let the 'ibles roll !

Hi everyone, I finished my last exam today and now i have an 11 week holiday completely free (well -1 week for life-gaurd training :P) Im planning on making LOADS of instructables :D Who else has finished exams/school year ??

Posted by =SMART= 9 years ago


Billy is alive!

Our esteemed intern Billy finally departed for Japan a few days ago with nothing but a backpack, toothbrush, change of clothes and camera. Having not heard from him in a few days we were starting to worry, but I am happy to report that he is alive... and taking pictures! Albeit, it is not exactly clear what he is taking pictures of. Perhaps you can make sense of this.

Posted by randofo 9 years ago



i'm planning to build a coaster in summer.

I'm planning to build a coaster in the summer. but are there instructions for parts likes loops, turn, cobra rolls, ... also iv'e got only one set of a coaster right now the rippin rocket (not the micro one) and a lot of parts

Asked by sdewitte 5 years ago


Does anybody have somthing fun and easy that I could do over the summer?

The school year has just ended and summer begun. Does any body have anything fun and easy to do over these long and hot summer days?

Asked by christophungus 7 years ago


Upcoming Lion Brand Summer Yarns Contest

Summer isn't typically the time we think about taking up needles and wool, but the availability of light-weight and gossamer yarns these days, it's the perfect time to whip up some new projects. We're teaming up with our friends from Lion Brand to bring you the Summer Yarns Contest! Show off your lace techniques, craft up new totebags, make some summer shawls or sundresses. Think beach, bbq, and long, hot days, and get your needles, hooks and looms ready to go.  We'll be launching this one soon!

Posted by scoochmaroo 7 years ago


Couch Car

Had an idea about making a couch car. Since summer is starting to end (DEMON WORDS) i thought id better slow it down. Ideas, plans, diagrams, places to get parts would greatly be apreciated. Best of luck with your summer!!

Posted by potofgold 9 years ago


Summer Camp projects

Hey everyone I am the art coordinator at a summer camp in America and im looking for some inspiration for some projects outside of the traditional camp crafts. SInce instructables is a hub for creatives I wondered if anyone either had some exciting projects that they have perhaps taught at their summer camps or to children from 8-17 years?  Also-tie dye is obviously a huge activity at any summer camp, for the past few years I have been using Dylon dyes but find they tend to loose their colour after a short time, does anyone having any recommendations of a better product that can be used? Thanks for any help and advice its really appreciated!

Posted by craigsummercamp 5 years ago


Does anybody else have summer homework?

Is it not the most ridiculous thing?! I have to read 2 (count 'em - two) books and do a book report on each, one of which includes making maps, graphs, and a load of other stuff.To me, summer is supposed to be a break. Like, Christmas break, or Thanksgiving break, where there shouldn't be any homework given.And what's even more stupid (but slightly funny in a way) is that I'm going into 9th grade. All the teachers and counselors were saying how much stress you're going through, and then they make us do all this homework, which is major grade, be due on the first day of school?I'm not in AP classes either. Just 9th grade gifted! It's crazy!Geez! Shouldn't there be a law against this?

Posted by Bran 9 years ago


Teacher Throwdown: Make Something This Summer

No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty looks. It’s June. The school year is done. Grades are in, students are out, and it’s time for two and a half glorious months of mai tais and piña coladas and not telling anyone to "Knock it off with the electric pencil sharpener, or, God help you Emilio, you’ll be doing it by hand for the rest of the year.” Relax. When I was teaching, I managed to relax for all of ten days. Then it was a couple of months of analyzing my practice, scheming about ways to bolster reading scores with Mad Libs, creating a DIY version of the Yacker Tracker* with an Arduino (still in the works, two years removed from the classroom), and kind of missing all the shenanigans of 150 thirteen year-old kids in Oakland. Summer is a great time to dig into project-based learning. It’s free time to get better at something that takes extra time. Building a project during the school year when you’re unsure of how it’ll work with your kids is for the brave or foolhardy. Or shop teachers. Making that project fit within your curriculum? Your budget? Your principal’s vision of studious children poring over a district-approved textbook? That’s insane. So I issue this challenge to the educators out there on Instructables: pick a project, make it over the summer, then work it into a unit or lesson plan. Build it now so you can use it later. Because design challenges are somewhat more challenging when confronted by a classroom of 35 kids coming in after lunch on a hot day in August. Use your summer. Adapt an existing project (like one of these, perhaps) or create something new just for your class. Channel your inner Phineas/Ferb** and put the 104 days of summer vacation to good use. In between piña coladas. Send me a PM with what you’re building, or talk about it in the comments. *The Yacker Tracker is a sound-controlled traffic light that changes based upon the decibel level in the classroom. It's a prize in the Education Contest that runs until Monday, June 4th. **This is a Disney cartoon about two stepbrothers who build something every day over the summer. I highly recommend it.

Posted by wilgubeast 5 years ago


Where is a good city to learn maker skills? Answered

I'm looking to spend the summer working/learning new, hands-on skills (woodworking, CNC, Autodesk products, etc.). I've been looking at a city with a Techshop in it, but I'm looking for something with some more class structure (Woodworking I leads to Woodworking II, something like that!) as well as something thats has a regular class schedule rather than one or two meetings like a Techshop course has.  Any suggestions?

Asked by paul.mckay 4 years ago


Hunting rabbit?

So, I know you're not supposed to hunt rabbit during the summer, because of diseases and parasites, but what if they seem healthy? Like no fleas, bots, spots on the liver, etc. Yes I do want to eat them, and yes it is legal in this area because they are simply destroying my moms garden, and she asked if I could take care of it. However, since I don't want them to go to waste, I wanna eat em! Would they be safe to consume?

Asked by LiquidLightning 6 years ago


Top 10 BBQ Instructables

With the 4th of July quickly approaching and summer heading into full swing, we've selected some of our favorite barbecue-related Instructables. These are not only about the cooking, but also about the whole barbecue experience--from meal accessories to the grill itself. Don't forget about the BBQ PDQ Contest, which is open until July 6th! Ground Beef Burgers For a fresh, from-scratch burger, check out this recipe. You can follow it all the way from grinding the beef to serving the completed burger. &nbsp Grilled Stuffed Peppers You can do a lot more with the grill than just making burgers, hot dogs, and chicken. These stuffed peppers are a great way to use your grill for a very different type of meal. Cut A Watermelon No summer barbecue is complete without watermelon&#151 and you can cut your watermelon and remove the seeds at the same time. Jello Fruit Salad This Jello fruit salad brings a sweet, summery touch to go along with your main meal. Make a Pie Crust Trying to make a classic 4th of July apple pie? Use this pie crust and fill with whatever you like to make the perfect pie. Sweet Soy Ribs For a different spin on grilling ribs, try these sweet soy grilled short ribs or use the marinade to coat something else. Frozen Banana Smoothie What could be better than enjoying the summer days with a cold fruit smoothie? This frozen banana smoothie will satisfy anyone at your barbecue. Start BBQ Coals If you&#39re having trouble getting the coals to light for your barbecue, check out these helpful tips to get your grill going strong. Build Your Own BBQ For a slightly larger project, you can make a barbecue area in your own backyard. This professional-looking project would fit in well in any yard. Hobobeque Or, if you want to be questioned by police (or family, friends, neighbors, etc.) you can try the revolutionary hobobeque. No explanation can do it justice, but it would certainly make for an interesting BBQ story. With these BBQ recipes, tips, and ideas, your barbecue can be more enjoyable than ever before.

Posted by joshf 9 years ago


Thank you, all!

Okay, I've been really inactive the last year and a bit, and I'm really sorry for all my subscribers! I just don't have anywhere near enough time anymore :( But what strikes me is, I still get new subscribers! To me, that's amazing. I'm setting a goal to get at least one good instructable published by September. Wish me luck! *edit* WOW. I just noticed I have over 70,000 views. That means that either: A: 70,000 people have looked at something I've made, or B: A lot of people have looked at stuff I've made, and liked it enough to look at more. WOW. Thanks so much. It means a lot.

Posted by Bartboy 8 years ago


Heat powered cooler?

It's rather warm around here. And by "rather warm," I mean it's 105 in the shade, and it's 89 in the house with the swamp at full blast. Does anyone have an idea for powering a cooler with pure heat? Perhaps similar to those lightbulb-looking devices that have an inner bit that spins around when placed in direct sunlight, except that is running a little generator that is then running a computer fan, like the ice box air conditioner spotted on this site. The main thing is I'd like the device to actually be powered by heat. Just for the heck of it. Even if it's just heat mechanically powering something to power a fan that I could have just plugged into the wall. So no solar cells making electricity. I can make parabolic reflectors easily if needed, so don't be afraid to use them. What's the best way you can think of to cool off using heat? "Best" can include inefficient but really awesome, like a fresnel lens pointed at a boiler that is providing steam to run a gigantic fan. I'll go get my goggles, ray gun, and keys to the airship.

Posted by Rishnai 9 years ago


How to Ski in the Summer

I was pretty impressed with the ingenuity and creative thinking that went into developing plastic sheets on ski hills for skiers to continue practicing through the summer. Maybe someone could make an Instructable on how to do one of these on the cheap for anyone who isn't fortunate enough to live near a ski club outfitted with these plastic chutes? I'm not a skier myself; grew up in Florida and live in SoCal so I'm more of a summer critter, but I love the Winter Olympics. 

Posted by PlasticPanama 2 years ago


I want some cool things to do over the summer.

I am 11 and have a rotary tool and dremel.Any ideas?

Posted by Zaphod Beeblebrox 8 years ago