Kids!! What makes you want to start the day??

Instead of letting the moms of the world plot against you, why not have YOUR say? https://www.instructables.com/id/Top-10-Evil-Techniques-to-Get-your-Teen-out-of-Bed/

Posted by cburrevans 7 years ago


What's your motivation?

You know, what makes you stay on instructables instead of wandering? oh, and

Posted by coolz 10 years ago


What motivates you to upload online guides/instructable

Hi there, hope you can all help me for my dissertation...I'm looking at motivations to uploading knowledge/online guides for projects on an online social community for free. I have a short survey and if you have uploaded an instructable/project would you please please please take a few minutes to complete it? http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5DHMLSB Would be such a big help! Thanks very much! Kat

Posted by katrina789 5 years ago


What are the motives of making and sharing documentation of DIY Projects?

Hi, I am building a documentation system specially for fab labs. I have noticed that some fab lab users do not wish to make documentation of their projects because they think "there is no reader". Guys, Can you share your thoughts on why you post instructables here? For personal interest? For wider project viewers? Best, Zhao

Posted by james8613503 7 years ago


Help I lost my Mojo

Help, I dont know why but  I've lost my motivation to write Instructables.  Ive got a number of nearly finished instructables, ( go kart   vinyl cutter  ) and a 1/2 finished 3d printed cnc mill project,  just need a push to get them done. Anyone got some motivation I can borrow?

Posted by liquidhandwash 4 years ago


Birds! a little challenge/contest

Can I do it?      Thank you! I will give away some of my backlog of pro memberships as prizes Here is the contest:  birds Some bird music to get you motivated

Posted by foobear 5 years ago


introduction of my instructable and myself :)

Hi my name is leith and im introducing myself and my design . i am very motivated and really need to work if anyone is interested in a collaboration or another project please contact me . thanks

Posted by C60 5 years ago


Ajleeces rock of the day.

Just to giving a little motivation to all the knexperts(yes jollex I am talking to you) a chance to do something different.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXaZmY52gHM 14th Novemberhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-AYAv0IoWI 15th November

Posted by ajleece 10 years ago


Looking for a project buddy in Toronto

Hello, my name is Michael and I am looking for a project buddy (like a workout buddy) to help maintain motivation when working on projects. I live in Toronto, and due to size constraints I cannot work on projects in my apartment. I have access to a workspace located at www.interaccess.org (corner of Queen St and Ossington). I am looking for someone who would like to join me in working on projects. Much like a workout buddy. The goal is to find someone to meet up with and to go work on projects together so that we can both help keep each other motivated. In terms of the projects involved - We can either work together on the same project together (one week we could work on mine, one week we could work on yours), - We could meet up together at the same place (the interaccess workspace) and work on our separate & respective projects. Me I am a mechanical engineer with a machinist license, and an electronics and software background. I am an excellent tutor and have excellent fabrication and coaching skills. The workspace also has some electronic tools and shop tools. Please let me know if anyone is interested in joining me.

Posted by Meek_The_Geek 9 years ago


scalable geometric construction system

Hi my name is leith and im introducing myself and my design . i am very motivated and really need to work if anyone is interested in a collaboration or another project please contact me . thanks

Posted by C60 5 years ago


battery

Extensive knowledge on VRLA , AGM, MOTIVE POWER batteries. 1 to 24 cell batteries. 6,12,24,36,48 volts. Up to 2000 amp hr. The bonus here is I work with gentleman who has the worlds fastest street legal electric car. Videoinvalid movie: , {width:425, height:350}Videoinvalid movie: http://www.plasmaboyracing.com/videos.phphttp://www.plasmaboyracing.com/

Posted by ihovia 10 years ago


Chair of recycled acrylic

Chair of recycled acrylic With concern for the environment, having as one of its core values actions aiming at sustainability. It is for this noble motive that some companies in Brazil, arrive annually to collect about 480 tons of plastic waste per year for recycling. The acrylic sheet recycled exhibit properties similar to the original acrylic plates and cost much less. In this project, I show the creation of a chair design with fully functional and above all sustainable.

Posted by Daniel Domingos 5 years ago


Hey Guys.

Okay. 1st off, sorry about my long absence. I had a busy summer, and I'm kinda running low on motivation. I'm going to be checking back regularly soon though. 2nd off, sorry if I missed some of your folks comments. When I came back a few weeks ago I had a few hundred comments that I tried to respond to, so if I missed any or your questions or such, please post them again here. My bad. 3rd, I'm going to be posting a video of a huge project I've recently finished. No instructions, as its rather unique to my bathroom *cough*cough*. Also, I've decided I've had it with my danged safe. I'm going to strip away the casing I made and just post instructions for the new mech. I'm really just out of motivation for the project, and others have posted safes and such too, so its not so new and cool anymore. And finally, I want to build a cannon bigger than the V1. Will happen this winter hopefully. Thanks folks, ~IaC

Posted by I_am_Canadian 8 years ago


The K'nex Innovations Challenge (KIC) - Setup Topic

I think we all know how slowly things have been going for a while on this site, and I've been thinking, we need to encourage some innovation. So I'm holding a new competition, to see what we can get out of people when they have a bit more motivation. I'll need two impartial judges (to work with me), and a lot of contestants. The way this competition will work is as follows: The judges will mark each entry on a certain set of criteria, depending on the specification and brief for each round. There will be 5 rounds. The first round is free for anybody to enter. The 20 best-performing entries will move through to round two, with a new brief. The second round is only accessible to the top 20 from round one. The top 10 entries will make it through to round three. Round three will host 10 candidates, and the top 5 entries will proceed to round 4. Following round 4, the final three contestants will be chosen, and round five will be the final round/decider, and one winner will be chosen. The winner will recieve a prize (to be agreed upon with the judges), possibly pro membership, and will definitely recieve a dedicated forum topic congratulating them on their victory. Judges I will need a pair of judges who are willing to give up time to build creations, and are able to talk on Skype or MSN about the competition for judging purposes. The judges will be impartial to the competition (i.e. can't enter) and non-biassed. Please contact me here. As soon as the judges have been appointed and the topic and deadlines are chosen, I will post a topic signalling the start of round one. Please do not post any entries until the opening date as the entries will be produced to fit a brief agreed by the judges. Judge 1: The Jamalam Judge 2: DJ Radio Judge 3: Lowney I have nothing else to say, but any requests for briefs and applications for judge-hood are welcome. Round one is now live!

Posted by The Jamalam 7 years ago


IDEA: Statistics for "data geeks"

Numbers motivate me. I guess I can call myself a "data geek", as some people like to call it. I remember pretty much the amount of views each one of my Instructables has, but that's not the point. I love all sorts of numbers, and I know I'm not the only one. With the new update, we can now see less numbers, which is a bit disappointing... As I wrote, numbers motivate me. I don't know if this would ever happen, but it would be nice to see what actual "achievements" we have.  For example, it would be nice if something like these, would show up in my YOU page, which I know is being updated right now: Most viewed Instructable: My most viewed Instructable is ranked the 154th most viewed on the site... Followers: I am the 67th most followed member on the site... Total views: I am the 35th most viewed member on the site... Total number of Instructables: I am ranked at number 62 as a member with the most published Instructables in total... Number of contest wins: I've won in __ contests which is the most on the whole website!... It would actually be pretty funny if one of these were actually true...

Posted by Yonatan24 2 years ago


Project X is Finally Here!

Can you believe it?!::flourish::Project X is here!After those seven approximate months of the unfinished instructable sitting in my pile, Noah finally encouraged and motivated me to finish it (even while my teachers were still throwing work at me).So, without any further adieu, I give you....==PROJECT X==For those of you that don't know what Project X is, check out my internship log starting here, up till day nine.

Posted by T3h_Muffinator 10 years ago


Effective Way to Wake You Up

Getting up in the morning is not the easiest thing to do--but with the proper motivation, we all might be a little more inclined to hop out of bed. This alarm clock provides that: if you don't wake up, it will randomly dial someone from your cell phone's address book. An early morning call to your family, friends, or random person whose number you've got stored in there will guarantee that you have some awkward explaining to do.Link viaEngadget

Posted by joshf 10 years ago


How to Encourage "newbies"

*********************How to __Discourage__ "newbies"*****************Speak of them in the 3rd person.Condescend.Demonstrate a lack of patience.Other methods? ***************************How To __Encourage___ Newbies:Ask clarifying questions about their poorly formed inquiry.Assume the best of their motives.If in doubt, assume that english may not be their first language. Don't assume that a person has had the same educational advantages available that you may have had. Just about anyone on earth with extremely varied socio-economic status, etc may arrive here. patience.Other tips?

Posted by Toga_Dan 9 months ago


Open Note To Those Who Are Harassing Others

. I don't know if y'all realize it or not, but most of y'all have left enough hints as to who you really are that a motivated person could track you down without a whole lot of effort. If that same person has a White Knight complex, it could mean serious problems for you. . As far as I know, no one like that exists on Ibles, but are you willing to take the risk? If I were you, I'd find another way to get my jollies. . Just another tip from Ol' Uncle Nacho. ;)

Posted by NachoMahma 10 years ago


requests to publish instructable for someone else

Having had some recent successful instructables i have been approached by some asking me to publish their instructable, naturally i have no intention of doing so, however i wonder why someone would do this instead of publishing it themselves? i also wonder what the rules are with regard to external links in instructables and if the external links in this instructable are the motivation for this person wanting his instructable on the site. the instructable he has created does not look innocuous as far as i can tell but it is not feature worthy as it has no images at all and that then begs the question whats the point?

Posted by AlanH87 9 months ago


What is your biggest challenge to finishing a project?

Hey Guys, I have struggled with procrastination in the past, and its always been a constant challenge for me to finish a project due to it. I was curious if you lot had similar struggles when tackling a project. What is the biggest obstacle in your path to accomplish something? Is it just starting the work/project? Is it distractions? ADD? How about lack of motivation? Do you reach a plateau and eventually stop working on the project when your 60% done? If so, what goes through your head? How do you deal with it?

Posted by sal.afzal 4 years ago


Glueing acrylic to wood?

Evening all, I have recently been contemplating throwing together something of a monitor mount. I am currently contemplating whether it would be possible to finish a wood box by attaching a plasticy black surface(plastic, acrylic or what have you) to it. At this stage I am motivated by wanting a black plastic finish that will go with my monitors while at the same time attaching a vesa mount to wood seems like it would be more sturdy than an entirely acrylic box. So long story short, would a sheet of acrylic glue nicely onto a sheet of wood with some sort of epoxy?

Posted by PetahOsiris 9 years ago


COLLECTIONS & CUSTOMIZATION

 Im interested in the motivations behind people collecting things, the value that these objects have to the owner and how these objects are displayed within the home environment. Any pictures you could take of your own 'collections' of objects ( these could be anything from stamps to vinyl toys to fabrics etc) would be great too. Im interested in whether an emotional bond with the collection grows with the amount of objects in the collection. How people interact with their collections? Any rituals performed around your collections? etc any help would be awesome comments feedback etc. Are there any social aspects of collecting which are important to you? -cheers  chris

Posted by mustcreate 8 years ago


My personal DIY blog; The Pink Hammer blog

Hi all!  I am in the process of (finally) starting up my own DIY blog to share my tips, tricks, projects and ideas with others to empower them (thats you!) to try things on their own!      You can head on over to my new blog here;  http://www.thepinkhammer.wordpress.com AND even better you can follow The Pink Hammer on Facebook  to see even more project photos, ideas, and get loads of motivation & inspiration here; https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Pink-Hammer/294017640641429 Stop on by and say hi!!! 

Posted by ThePinkHammer 6 years ago


Dirty, dirty little inkjet printer

This one isn't really an instructable, because (duh) it doesn't actually describe how to make something, however, I think it might be of interest to some people of the same sort of mindset - it's about inkjet printers, and what you might find if you dismantle one.I've taken quite a few apart (I work in IT and I have to dispose of them when they die) - they have something called a 'waste ink reservoir' - and it's quite surprising how much ink they actually 'waste' into it.The Dirty Little Secret of Inkjet PrintersThe 'waste' is ostensibly to clean the print heads - and yes, some of that is inevitable by nature of the technology, however, I'm pretty sure there are other motives behind it too - that ink ain't cheap...

Posted by Atomic Shrimp 10 years ago


Exercycle Generator

63% of Americans are struggling with obesity (http://www.americansportsdata.com/obesitystats.asp). There is also a large green movement going on. So what if we combine these two ideas? I have been looking at instructables on how to build your own wind turbine, and instructables on how to use your bike as a generator for charging ipods and cellphones... why not combine the two ideas and create a stationary bike that puts electricity back into the power grid, much the way a home turbine does? Granted... it wouldn't be much power, but the more you exercise, the more money you save--and the better shape you get in. And those pennies each month add up to dollars each year... and again... the health benefits. It's almost like getting paid to exercise, which can be a big motivating factor. Thoughts?

Posted by EdsTwin13 10 years ago


Patches, rewards, badges and social engineering

Love the site. I wanted to suggest that in the social engineering area of the site, a badge system similar to CNN iReport's might be more motivating then patches. The iReport site awards badges (see attached pic) automatically based on stats - a badge for your first post, 10th post, first vetted post, a certain number of comments, 100th post, first time featured on CNN TV, etc. The badges are coveted and they show very quickly who's good at what and what they've done. Perhaps you could do patches for your first instructable, your 10th, your first one with 10 comments, featured ones, etc. until if you get enough badges, you get a pro account?

Posted by calebjc 6 years ago


Pro memberships not expiring

Greetings ibles! So I've got a current pro membership that should be expired, and was about to redeem a new code - but it is still showing my expired membership as my current, my upcoming as still upcoming (even though it should be active by now) - and an unredeemed as it should.  See attached.  The existing membership expired at June 8, 2012...and it's August 2012 (in case anyone is reading this from the future). Am I okay with it being indefinite pro...sure...but dues where they're due, I like the motivation to crank out new projects! -Jamie (Frollard) PS: in case it is at all browser/OS specific: Firefox 5.0.1 portable on Win XP pro SP3 https://www.instructables.com/you/ in the 'pro membership' tab.

Posted by frollard 6 years ago


Survey for makers on new industrial revolution & makers movement

Dear makers,I'd like to kindly ask you to contribute with your time and your opinions to my survey on http://survey.gregor-design.eu/As part of my research internship, I am working on the subject of the new industrial revolution, third places, digital manufacturing and their effect on our lives, on education, on work, on architecture and their capabilities. to produce social innovation.In this study, I try to find an answer to the following questions: Who is the maker? What are his/hers motives ? How does he/she see the present and the future? This movement, is it viable? Does this have the potential to reshape our society?THANK YOU very much!!

Posted by Dalia Ge 2 months ago


Audio: 8 hours of Amory Lovins lectures

Video with slides http://www.rmi.org/sitepages/pid231.phpmp3 audio only http://sic.conversationsnetwork.org/series/si-energy.htmlAmory Lovins runs the Rocky Mountain Institute, working on cars made from thermoplastic/carbon re-formable body panels among other projects.He's a charismatic motivational speaker on the subject of energy solutions. Listen to this stuff to get enthused again after you get burned out by hearing about what our idiocracy is doing to us and the world. It's a really it's nice to hear him saying that thetechnology solutions exist and all our dreams will come true once we switch tothem. And this crisis is just the thing to get us off the dumb old methods thatare only used from habit.

Posted by TimAnderson 10 years ago


Two or three of my six grand kids have the potential to be DefCon Kids now what ?

So I have access to six young minds by helping my wife and retired teacher to sit with them 4 days a week. Four I drive to school while the parents (my children) earn a living.  Two are easily motivated and do well with Legos.  One likes robots, they all do math window games. I teach chess and play when thy want ( no Queen or rooks for me ) Programming is my artistic expression but I would push too hard and blow them away. What low level intros can be a leap into DefCon Kid status that you know worked well in your experiences ?

Posted by iceng 5 years ago


Request for notepad in profile pages

I come up with ideas all of the time and I, unfortunately, tend to forget what I had come up with.  I am certain that a lot of good ideas are lost this way.  I was mulling this over and I thought "What if instructables had a Notepad in the profiles page.  Allow it to be public or private.  This will allow a simple way for members to keep track of their idea backlogs and share them with others.  Just a simple list.  I know that the forums and the profile "About me" can be used this way but neither are optimized for this purpose.  I think this feature would likely get a lot of use.  Just a thought.  PS:  Thanks for the great site.  I get a lot of inspiration and motivation here.  I hit it all the time with StumbleUpon but I never payed attention to the site when I would hit a random project.

Posted by critterfluffy 8 years ago


Wind-powered phone-charger

Here's one for the tower-block dwellers - a wind turbine you stick to your window. On the inside, you stick the matching base-station, and the set uses electromagnetic induction to transfer energy from the spinning turbine to the phone in the charger's cradle. It's a neat idea, but I don't know if it's a real product - I tried tracing the links back, and ended up going round in circles in the blogosphere. What I am sure of, though, is that somebody reading this has got the skills and motivation to build their own version.  You don't need to use the same design of turbine blades, and it's up to you how it sticks to the window (suckers?  magnets through the glass?), but I bet you can do it. Just remember to post an Instructable. Traced back to Yanko Design.  Originally seen on NOTCOT.

Posted by Kiteman 7 years ago


Instructables: Quality Standards

I was thinking..... as I do. Quite a few of instructables, on.... instructables, havn't meet the quality standards of a good instructable, let alone get featured. Why do people bother make instructables 2 steps long? Wouldn't they like to be in the newsletter and get nice feedback? If you put all you effort in to an instructable you will get repaid with nice comments (normally). I wouldn't like to see instructables as a website with few featured instructables lots of quick put to gether nonsense. I would like to see quality, and a archive of fun things to do and make for all the family. A while back a published an instructable called 'professional water rocket guide'. I spend along time on it and was pleased with my self when it got featured, and it was in the newsletter. This it was gives me motivation to do good instructables. What do you think about poor informative an qualitive instructables? Thanks

Posted by oscarthompson 8 years ago


Instructables YouTube Show/Series

Hello! I had the idea of making a YouTube show promoting great tutorials and projects from Instructables about 3 years ago. At the time I didn't have the skills to create it. After taking up a short course in video editing and graphics, I was finally able to create it!  I wanted the show to really help get the word out not only about Instructables, but also the world of DIY, recycling, re-using, creativity and the hands on building skills that many of us are losing because of the impact of new technologies. If the show motivates just one person who isn't familiar with Instructables to create something, I think it's a great success! Here's the first episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXky2Ot7cOg I hope you like it! There'll be more episodes to come! Thanks,  - Nick PS. All authors gave me permission to feature their Instructables in the video. 

Posted by ImportAutumn 3 years ago


European Voluntary Service in Netherlands

European Voluntary Service (EVS) is an Erasmus+ program for young people (17-30 years old) who want to spend a long time living in a different country and with almost all the cost paid: apartment, wifi, transport, food... Bataviawerf (Lelystad, Netherlands) is a dockyard with special ambitions. Ships from the golden century which has been important in our maritime history, are reconstructed here. Our organisation is depending on the work of volunteers for some years already. A lot of foreign volunteers helped to build the ship “Batavia” and are now helping to build the new ship “Het water schip”. The Bataviawerf could not exist without the help of numerous volunteers which help in showing everybody the way of building ships in the 17th century. We are seeking for 3 new EVS with the next profile: Tasks Create technical drawings, finish the 3D Digital Model of the Batavia, create nice videos and photos about the Bataviawerf and handwork (rebuild some parts of the Batavia -mast, yards, etc.-, forge, wood work,...) Criteria Technical background with knowledge about SolidWorks, AutoCad and similar or experienced in graphic, digital and multimedia design (Adobe Premiere, InDesign, etc). Also creative, self-motivated and interested in shipbuilding and handwork. Procedure If you are interested and you think your profile is suitable for one of our tasks, send us your CV and a motivation letter to the email: evsbataviawerf@gmail.com More information We are seeking for 3 new European volunteers for the next periods: 1) From August 2016 to August 2017. 2) From September 2016 to September 2017. 3) From December 2016 to December 2017. This voluntary service is available for young people from the next countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, United Kingdom, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden. (More information about EVS: http://europa.eu/youth/node/73_en)

Posted by Bataviawerf 2 years ago


Braided Wool Rug materials

I have the "ingredients" to make a great braided recycled wool rug: for years I saved wool fabric, bought wool slacks and skirts at Goodwill, etc, then cut them into strips, sewed them together, and pressed them into beautiful balls of wool, all ready to braid into a medium-sized (I think) rug. I didn't feel like doing the braiding part, so I tried finger crochet with the wool. That also works, but it will make a smaller rug (think several door mats). Still no motivation to finish this great recycled project. So, all this prepared fabric could be yours! You could also knit thick, cozy wool slippers. No instructions included for any of these projects; feel free to write your own instructable. Colors include navy blues, lighter blues and grays with a little red thrown in here and there. 11 balls total. Name your price, and pay actual ground shipping.

Posted by karenelisam 9 years ago


Remote Control K'Nex Car

Hello, K'Nexing community! It's been roughly three years since I last posted anything on Instructables. Anywho, I've finally gotten the motivation to create something out of K'nex, and also combine it with my favorite hobby of hobby-grade remote control cars.  This car that's featured would be a brushed, but also fast on-road cruiser. Features/Notations of vehicle: Powered by: 12T or 15T Brushed motor ESC: Old ESC from ECX Torment, or Traxxas Slash ESC RX/TX: Team Associated combo Servo: Team Associated servo Solid Rear Axle Power Source: 2S LiPo More details and pictures will be added over time, and hopefully it won't take another three years. XD I've also included a couple of pictures of my current RC cars.

Posted by beanieostrich 3 years ago


Tips for exercising?

Since I'm entering a new school for the 2010-2011 school year, ( which means 3 schools will combine into one) I thought I might lose weight. Me, a bit tubby at 92.5 pounds, (As of August 17, 2010) So I decided to run. Everyday, I do half a mile running, and half a mile walking. I started 3 days ago, and I've already seen improvement. I was 93.5 lbs after 1 run. After a bit of cool down, I do sit ups. I've got my MP3 player going (The Rocky Theme-ULTIMATE MOTIVATOR) as I run. Any tips? I don't do sports, and I try not to eat after 8:00. I've got running shoes and a appropriate outfit. I'd like to see what everybody can say to me. -NYPA

Posted by NYPA 8 years ago


Looking for an Electrical Engineer and an Angel Investor or a Business Specialist (in SF Bay Area preferably) to partner with on a high dollar ($500M) value project

I am Mechanical Engineer in SF Bay area an have a series of patent pending revolutionary industrial pumps. The project has gone through hydraulic and mechanical design iteration and looks very promising. These equipment require electric hardware and circuitry design as their driving mechanism which is technically a smart integrated motor. So if you have experience and/or willing to get deep in this area that would be very desired. I am looking for motivated and committed partners and will equally split the profit and share of the business. This patent pending project has a potential to grow up to 500 million to a billion dollar; these numbers are coming from the current competitors that have an inferior product!   I'll ask you to sign an NDA before we get going. Please contact me here or at bk.amir at gmail com. Regards, Amir 408 585 8115

Posted by AmirKalantari 2 years ago


Oregon Lawmaker Proposes Registration Fee for Bicyclists

A conversation with Rep. Krieger about his bike registration billRepresentative Wayne Krieger (R-Gold Beach) wants everyone who owns a bicycle in the state of Oregon to pay a mandatory, $54 registration fee (and then renew it for another $54 every two years).He is the chief architect of House Bill 3008, a proposal that was met with a lot of negative responses on this site when I reported on it today.I spoke to Krieger via telephone from his Salem office on Friday morning to learn more about his reasons for proposing this bill.Krieger's main motivation seems to be one of equity. When I asked for his main impetus behind the proposal, he brought up the Vulnerable Roadway Users law that passed last session. That bill created a new class of road user, and stiffened penalties for anyone involved in a crash that seriously injured a vulnerable roadway user (includes people on foot, on bikes, on animals, skateboards, etc...).via Freakonomics.

Posted by ewilhelm 9 years ago


Maker Internship at Klutz (paid)

Klutz, publisher of Juggling for the Complete Klutz and other cool books, is looking for a summer intern with tech skills, creativity, and a fearless attitude toward taking stuff apart and making interesting art and toys. Job Summary This intern will learn the ins and outs of the publishing world according to Klutz while helping develop books and kits. Responsibilities • Assist in creating and testing tech-oriented books and kits. • Assist book editors with daily tasks including changes to brainstorming, creating handmade mock-ups, and assisting at photo shoots. • Test toys and book ideas. • Test toys and books with children. • Run errands. • Assist other groups as needed. Qualifications • Creativity, motivation, and the ability to learn quickly. • A solid knowledge of electronics. Robotics experience a plus. We’d love to find someone who has experience tinkering with toys, robots, soft circuits, and such. • Experience with art and music a plus. • Able to write basic instructions that a novice could follow.

Posted by ayeola alexander 10 years ago


Job Opening: Instructor & Teaching Assistants for BlueStamp Engineering

About The Program: BlueStamp Engineering is a summer program in New York, NY, Houston, TX, and San Francisco, CA where high school students individually build engineering projects. Students select and build a project of interest (e.g. solar powered electronics, robots, GPS devices, mini wind turbines, etc.)with a motto of "learning by doing". Students go through the entire process of making the devices and support their work with full documentation. Projects have a wide degree of difficulty, from electronics kits customized designs. Please visit our 'Meet The Students' page  to see what previous students have built.  For detailed information about the 2013 program, please visit our 'Info' page. BlueStamp is looking for independent, motivated, kind, and technical people to join our 2013 staff.  We will hire one 'Lead Instructor' and two 'Teaching Assistants' in San Francisco for part-time summer work. Strong performers may be offered the opportunity to take on a more prominent role as the program expands. Position Responsibilities: -All staff will assist students in creating their projects.  This will include teaching engineering techniques and concepts, tools and safety, technical documentation, and troubleshooting methods. Instructors/TA's will guide students to ideas, approaches, and sources of solutions without "just doing it for them". -The Instructor will be responsible for guiding class everyday, ensuring students meet project requirements on time, and supervising the TAs. The instructor will also engage students a month before the program begins, spending 2-8 hours per week over phone/email to help students select a project and order the required parts. -TAs will supplement the instructor's experience in guiding students as all 3 staff members will come from different engineering disciplines. -Where qualified, staff will give lectures and lead discussions regarding topics of student interest (e.g. Alternative Energy, Electronics, Automotives, Entrepreneurship, World Challenges, etc.) Candidate Requirements: -Education and practical experience in one or more of the following three areas: (1) Electronics Hardware, (2) Firmware/Software, (3) Mechanical Design and Drafting. -Extensive experience with building, designing, and troubleshooting devices or prototypes for school, work, or as a hobby. Applicants should be able to showcase and discuss, in depth, any of their projects. -Skilled in troubleshooting problems and using the engineering tools of their discipline. -Experience teaching/leading students (e.g. instructor roles, youth camps, tutoring, mentoring, etc.). -Ability to think and act quickly on a project to identify solutions that can meet goals on a rigid, aggressive schedule. -Desire to share the excitement of designing and engineering with high school students, while motivating students through the challenging and frustrating stages of prototype construction. -Excellent communication skills, unfettered honesty and integrity, and the ability to work with minimal supervision is a must. -Be the type of person that can "Get Things Done" Program Logistics: -Class meets Monday-Friday for 6 weeks for 4 hours per day starting in San Francisco on 6/10, Houston on 6/17, and New York on 6/24 (excluding 4th of July). -TAs will be paid $13 - $16 per hour, Instructors will be paid a stipend of $4,000-$5,000.  All staff are paid as a contractor and are eligible for a significant performance-based bonus. -Each class will be made of 10-12 motivated students who have passed a rigorous application process. -All staff must pass a background check. To Apply: Submit a resume to our 'Contact Us' page.

Posted by dyoung41 5 years ago


Ok, thank you to all who helped me "search myself".....

I FOUND IT ! After MUCH soul searching, I finally found my trigger and it is NO WONDER I was having a difficult time "coming to this conclusion" it is because the trigger itself was preventing me from admitting the trigger to myself LOL I think I shall go and Irony some shirts now ;-) FEAR ! The great negative motivator. I had failed at a few projects, and feared starting ANYTHING, for fear of another disappointment. Now, it really is simple; I came to this when I realized I was starting to come out of my depression, but not all the way, and was preparing and preparing, and gathering "intelligence" and info, but still delaying the start of the project......I always needed more INFO but only because I feared having the whole thing FLOP. It came to me this morning and I felt relief that NOW I can move past that, and get to work on changing it, because I have never feared failure in this way before. But then, I am getting old and doddering ;-)

Posted by Goodhart 7 years ago


Singer Contest!

I've entered several contests including winning one a few years ago - the valentines day contest with my soapy beating love heart! (aparently the system for flagging it as a winner won't because I won before the system was implemented! nevermind!) I was very suprised that my first prize was shipped all the way from the US to me in the UK.  I'd not won a competition before that and was very happy to have done so from so far away as well. I didn't realise the rules had changed and the new 'sew warm' competition is US and Canada only. My wife has decided to make her own instructable for the sew warm competition - the prize was a big motivator in getting her to post.  She's not done it yet but will probably over this weekend.  She's completed her project on a 100 year old Singer sewing machine!  Just the sort of thing I would have thought singer might be interested in! If she was ever-so-lucky enough to win, I'd be happy to sort out the customs etc as I would any purchase from abroad!

Posted by tim_n 8 years ago


Your instructable became popular ... again?

Maybe you could change the "your x became y" message to be different for each tier?  The email seems to be identical each time the popularity rises, and that just feels like spam. I don't really get the badges, either.  I thought at first it worked like the badges on stackoverflow. Instead of simply telling someone "your thing is not crud" you could award them a badge for being ++good, and have different badges for each tier.  Naturally, the email would have to be different for each badge, etc.  You could further motivate people by letting folks see each other's badge list.  Almost any action a person makes could be a badge - even a badge for having every other badge! I'm just thinking... young people.  play too many games.  they get game mechanics.  so reward them in a similar way, and they'll feel like contributing more.  work that pokemon "gotta catch 'em all" addiction.

Posted by aggrav8d 8 years ago


Internships at Instructables

Instructables needs interns, starting as soon as September! We're looking for smart, interesting people who can write well, are computer literate (sysadmin or coding skills are a definite plus, but not absolutely necessary), and are excited about sharing their knowledge with others. You'd do some site maintenance, community outreach, image manipulation, and some of the odds and ends necessary to make Instructables go. You'll also spend a few hours each week working on projects for your own Instructables, building things, taking pictures, and learning to use all of our fun tools! We'll pay you, too.You need to be creative, self-motivated, and learn quickly - things move fast in a start-up. We're particularly interested in people who are already involved with the site - a good set of well-written Instructables speaks louder than a long resume. If you're new to the site, show us something awesome that you've personally created. We want to know what you can do!Instructables is located in Alameda, CA (SF East Bay) with Squid Labs. Please send a resume, cover letter, and any other useful information to internships at instructables (dot com).

Posted by canida 11 years ago


:O I soldered something! Thank you instructables!

Okay. This is stupid. But I did it! I, me, Lithium Rain, soldered something - and it isn't teh failz. It works.It works.IT WORKS PEOPLES!I have attempted for three years to teach myself this skill, and failed badly every time. But I did it this time! A whole new world is mine. All those instructables I looked at and sighed with resignation that I would never be able to do - I can try them. All the broken earphones - I can fix them. All the little things that would have been so much easier - I can do them!And instructables is why. It sparked my initial interest and all the awesome projects and users motivated me to keep trying even when I was melting humongous blobs of solder into a big mess, and giving myself cancer from breathing the fumes, and burns from hot metal and solder, and a complex because I couldn't solder two dinky little wires together. Thanks, instructables!Okay, so it's not that big an accomplishment. But it made my day!

Posted by Lithium Rain 9 years ago


How to Design Flash Games?

Hey Everyone, I have recently been made redundant from my job and have decided to work on my IT Skills.   I have a huge interest in website development and have joined the freelance.com and peopleperhour.com websites which are for people who want to post projects and look for work.  To enable myself to get any clients I will need to build up a portfolio - I am fairly new to web design and have been using the Serif applications as well as general html coding in notepad and a have some experience in MS FrontPage and Dreamweaver.  I am working on a website for myself which will be used as a sample site for my portfolio - It is for an animal welfare charity and will include competitions, product info, events etc.  I want to aim the website at children and young people, it will be an organisation that can help children develop their key skills such as communication, team leading, motivational and discipline.  Sorry for the long introduction - Anyways I was wondering if anyone would be kind enough to give me some guidance on how to create multimedia games - simple flash games that can get children to interact and learn Thank you Kind Regards Michelle Edwards

Posted by medwards14 7 years ago


Internships at Instructables

Instructables needs interns, starting as soon as September! We're looking for smart, interesting people who can write well, are computer literate (sysadmin or coding skills are a definite plus, but not absolutely necessary), and are excited about sharing their knowledge with others. You'd do some site maintenance, community outreach, image manipulation, and some of the odds and ends necessary to make Instructables go. You'll also spend a few hours each week working on projects for your own Instructables, building things, taking pictures, and learning to use all of our fun tools! We'll pay you, too.You need to be creative, self-motivated, and learn quickly - things move fast in a start-up. We're particularly interested in people who are already involved with the site - a good set of well-written Instructables speaks louder than a long resume. If you're new to the site, show us something awesome that you've personally created. We want to know what you can do!Instructables is located in Alameda, CA (SF East Bay) with Squid Labs. Please send a resume, cover letter, and any other useful information to internships at instructables (dot com).

Posted by canida 11 years ago