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Turn your smartphone into a digital microscope for around $10

Turn your smartphone into a digital microscope for around $10:  This DIY conversion stand is more than capable of functioning in an actual laboratory setting. With magnification levels as hig...

Amazing Moving Cube

How to make an Amazing Moving Cube, a 2010 tutorial by Brusspup, who we’ve seen here before. And if you can’t find wooden cubes, paper cubes will most likely work, too. 

Walking Paper: Making a Paper Bi-ped Robot

It might not always be completely clear as to what’s going on in this 2012 vid, but the final result is awesome, so stick with it and maybe watch more than once. It’s titled Walking Paper.  There’s ...

Make a homemade metal and pvc pipe xylophone

Captioned as a “2nd Grade project to make a homemade instrument,” Homemade Xylophone - Kids has been online since October, 2006, and is a great metal and pvc pipe how to for kids, with a bit of parental ...

What’s that, Buzz? Sounds of the Hardware Store

Buzz Moran of What’s that, Buzz takes us on a field trip to find out what interesting sounds you might find in a hardware store, and how those sounds are turned into sound effects for ...

Scott Weaver’s Rolling through the Bay: 35 years + 100k toothpicks

Scott Weaver’s Rolling through the Bay, an homage to the city of San Francisco, is made of over 100,000 toothpicks and Elmer’s glue, and was built over 35 years time. This structure was temporarily feature...

Re:Rosas, the trailer: A global dance community is formed

In June 2013, Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker invited children and adults from all over the world to perform a section of her dance work from Rosas Danst Rosas. The above vid...

5 Fun Science Experiments for Kids (w/ Grover!)

Science experiments + a cute and furry blue monster that we know and love = YES. Hosts Annie Colbert and Matt Silverman have clearly helped discover the formula for making an instant video fa...

Giant bubble explosions in slow motion

From Shanks FX and PBS Digital Studios, watch these Giant Bubble Explosions, a DIY tutorial that features 60fps slow motion bubble goodness at night. In the archives: more bubble videos, including a bubble bot, bubbl...

How to create chocolate out of nothing

Geometry has never looked so sweet… or perplexing: Mariano Tomatis shows us how to create chocolate out of nothing. Related reading: Curse of the crystal skulls and other vanishing area puzzles and the missing ...

How to draw a Penrose Rectangle & other impossible objects

The Penrose Rectangle is what’s known as an impossible object, an optical illusion that is drawn to look like a three-dimensional thing that could never actually exist. If it’s hard to see at first, cover ...

NPR: Why Can’t We Walk Straight?

Here’s a fascinating science experiment that we’ll be trying this weekend:  Put a blindfold on someone, take them to a park or a beach or a meadow and ask them to walk for as long as they can in a strai...

Jason vs The Ultimate LEGO Machine

A useless machine is a box that performs a useless task. They usually turn themselves off, (but are completely useful for learning how to build and program them). Here’s a great example: ...

Pen Drumming

Two University of Washington students perform a pen drumming routine.  There are more percussion videos in the archives, including Diego Stocco’s Music From Nature. via Laughing Squid.

Adafruit: How to make LED sneakers

How to make LED sneakers by Adafruit's Becky Stern. There are more DIY videos in the archives.

GE’s Six Second Science Fair, a compilation

DIY experiments and videos are two of our favorite things, so we were thrilled to hear about GE’s Six Second Science Fair. The week-long celebration resulted in over 600 submitted proje...

Hummingbird: Diego Stocco, Sound Magician

From the Sound Magician series by Diego Stocco (who we’ve seen here before), enjoy Hummingbird. The takeaway discussion with the kids included: it’s not easy to record a hummingbi...

How to build a solar oven

From a yard in Kampala, Uganda, Moses explains how to build a solar oven using a tire, some glass, newspaper, silver foil, tape, a black pot, and a few hours. If you’re cooking outside or don’t have an oven, solar ...