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Tyler Moskowite
A maker of practical technologies.
A maker of practical technologies.

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Installing the #makerfaire app to prepare for World Maker Faire New York, and you should too. It is going to be an action packed weekend, also be sure to catch my "Getting started with Arduino" talks throughout the faire. I am going to be doing 4 a day.

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My favorite blog post of the week, and a great read with a happy ending. Also, Batman!

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This has to be my favorite #MakerCamp  #FieldTripFridays to date, because +MAKE is heading to +CERN. I did my first speech in college on CERN, and it's seven experiments including, +CMS Experiment and +ATLAS Experiment. Honestly I didn't know much about particle accelerators at the time because I was just starting my path towards becoming a Materials Engineer, but I found it absolutely fascinating. The whole project is a Engineering masterpiece, and all of the people who dedicated their lives to getting this project operational should be very proud. Much of the research already coming from results of these experiments will forever alter our understand of the universe. I have no doubt the world will be a better place because of this project, unlike those who feared it would cause tiny black holes which would swallow up the planet.
We’ve only got two more #FieldTripFridays this summer for #MakerCamp , and you won't want to miss them! 

Tomorrow, we’re going deep underground with +CERN and +CMS Experiment to get a behind-the-scenes look at the largest scientific instrument in the world: The Large Hadron Collider. CERN is making huge advancements in our understanding of physics and the universe, and this is a rare opportunity to get a look at the labs where it all happens. 

NOTE: Because CERN is in Europe, this Hangout is going to be earlier than usual. Tune in at 8am Pacific / 11am Eastern to see science in action! 

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One of the coolest new tab replacements around, simplistic and useful.

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Here is a closer shot of the washer dog collar I made on #MakerMonday for #MakerCamp. A big thanks to +Brit Morin for teaching me how simple it is to up my dog Huey's fashion game.

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Come watch +gillian benary and myself on the hangout today with +Ford Motor Company on #FieldTripFriday.
Hey campers! It's #FieldTripFriday ! Tune in today at 12pm PDT to the hangout for our first field trip to the Ford Innovation Lab in Michigan. We're going to visit two cool locations at Ford: The Bio Materials Lab to check out the making of soy foam and the VIRTEX simulation room where they have a driving simulator to reproduce the driver-in-car experience to help the +Ford Motor Company  engineers create great cars. We want to send a big thanks to the team at Ford for making this happen: +Scott Monty  Prasad Venkatesh and Alan Hall. Tune in by visiting the +Make page. See you at 12pm PDT! It's going to be awesome!

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Check out +Jason Babler's awesome creation on our #theoreticalthursday  hangout today!
It's #MakerCamp ! Today we are learning about the amazing properties of polymer clay with +Mark Frauenfelder! 

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I'll be around all day today to answer questions, or troubleshoot problems any of you #MakerCamp er's are having. Either reply to the original post, or tag me in a post if you need help.
Maker Camp Preview:  Arduino- Blink an LED

The Make Lab is buzzing with activity this week to get everything ready for #MakerCamp .  Before camp kicks off, I want to share a super simple Arduino lesson. This is one of the easiest pieces of programming you can do: Making an LED blink using an Arduino microcontroller. 

For makers, getting an LED to blink is like learning to walk--you might wobble at first, but someday soon you’ll be running! 

What you’ll need:
-Arduino microcontroller board (the Uno is around $35 on RadioShack or $20 online, and Maker Campers will be re-using it throughout the summer)
-LED (lots of options for $1 or $2 at a place like RadioShack--any of them should work) 
-Computer (I’m guessing you have one if you’re reading this)
-Standard USB cable A to B (you probably find one attached to your printer)

Ready? Let’s get started. You can watch the video below, or just follow the text directions. Or both! 

LED’s are easy to work with: just a bulb and two prongs, or leads. The longer lead is positive, the shorter is negative. Plug the LED into your Arduino board by putting the positive lead in pin 13, and the negative lead in the pin labeled GND. 

Got it? Good. Note, your Arduino board was tested at the factory to ensure it works properly. To do this, they preload the same Blink code that we are using today. As soon as you plug in the power cable to the Arduino the small yellow LED on the board will blink. With the code below, we will show you how to modify the code and customize the blink rate of the LED.

Now use your USB cable to connect the Arduino board to your computer, and go to this page at [] to download the programming software (Click PC, Mac, or Linux, depending on what kind of computer you’re using). 

Time to do some coding! If this is your first programming project, I recommend typing it in by hand instead of cutting and pasting. You’ll learn faster that way, I promise. The code is below, along with my notes (everything after a // isn’t code, it’s just comments for the this case, me and you): 

// My Blinking LED!

int LED = 13;   // We’re telling the Arduino 
  // that there’s an LED
  // connected to pin 13

void setup()
   pinMode(LED, OUTPUT);  // sets the digital pin
          // as output, meaning a 
           // signal is going TO the 
           // LED instead of coming 
           // FROM it


void loop()
    digitalWrite(LED, HIGH); // turns the LED on
    delay(1000); // waits for one second, experiment by changing this value      
    digitalWrite(LED, LOW); // turns the LED off
    delay(1000); // waits for one second, experiment by changing this value    

Now, before you hit the upload button, you will need to tell the computer which Arduino board you are using. Go to “Tools” and scroll down to “Boards” to select the Arduino model that you are using. Next, you will want to hit the “Verify” button (it looks like a check mark in a circle) and the program will check your code. If everything is spelled correctly  and all the punctuation is in the right spot you will see a message at the bottom of the screen that says “Done compiling,” and you are now ready to upload your code to the Arduino.  Click on the icon with the arrow pointing to the right, and wait for the code to be be transferred to the Arduino.


You’re now ready for Maker Camp. You can play around with more Arduinio lessons by visiting and clicking on the “Basics” page for more information and sample code.  We will also be featuring two more projects later in the  camp, so don’t lose that Arduino! If you have any questions, or want to learn more about using you can reach out to Junior Camp Counselor +Tyler Moskowite  

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Dear #appengine  team,

You did a wonderful job packing all those delicious chocolates by hand for #io12 . This my last piece of bar #440, and I am sad to say there is no more.

To squiggly signature which I can not decipher, thank you!
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