Maker Dad: DIY projects for grownups and kids

maker-dad-cover-300[Video Link] My new book came out today. It's called Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects.

The books is focused on teaching girls lifelong skills -- like computer programming, musicality, and how to use basic hand tools -- as well as how to be creative problem solvers. The book’s twenty-four projects include:

• Drawbot, a lively contraption that draws abstract patterns all by itself
• Ice Cream Sandwich Necklace
• Longboard
• Antigravity Jar
• Silkscreened T-Shirt
• Retro Arcade Video Game
• Host a Podcast
• Lunchbox Guitar
• Kite Video Camera

Above, a video about the Friendstrument, an electronic musical instrument girls can play with friends. Tomorrow, I'll run the complete step-by-step instructions for building it here on Boing Boing. If you can't wait that long, you may purchase the entire Maker Dad book with all 24 projects as a Kindle ebook right now for $5.99.

Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects

(Thanks to Eric Mittleman for directing and editing the video!)

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  1. Mark has daughters, and I imagine that's why the book focuses on that particular human relationship at the expense of the worthy sociopolitical objectives with respect to women in STEM and the prophesized golden future of omnigendered parenting.

    Each to their own.

  2. Sheesh. Mark is a dad with two daughters so the title of the book makes perfect sense. I wouldn’t lump this nice collection of clever projects in with other “girl STEM” products. Read it first. Instead of just tarted up tinker toys for girls, this book has a real range of creative and educational things for parents to do with their kids. Electronics, probability, materials and processes, programming and more come in the forms of making skateboards, soap, jewelry, games, magic—all stuff kids will really like.

    There is one more aspect that the title “Maker Dad” suggests and that is Mark's own personal story of being a Maker Dad. I think he is really smart to involve his kids in doing podcasts (like Apps for Kids) and to be a role model on “making” not just fun projects but also books, websites, magazines, businesses--and all supporting himself and his family while doing it. In the new jobless economy our kids will have to grow up to be resourceful, independent, and make their own opportunities and careers. Start them young!

  3. @frauenfelder as a dad myself, my favorite part of the above video was this gem of an exchange at 3:27:
    M: "it's still super hot!"
    J: "then don't touch it!"
    (i laughed...totally reminds me of me with my daughter!)

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