As the technophile mom of three boys who are (as of October 2015) ages 16, 14 and 11, I look for cool and interesting new projects to tackle with (and sometimes without) them.  I decided to start blogging because, as Adam Savage of Mythbusters says:  “…the only difference between screwing around and science is writing it down.”  Maybe this blog can elevate some of the screwing around with tech projects I’ve been doing to actual science.  It can’t hurt.  In any case, I’d be delighted if it inspires someone to try a new project or join an organization like FLL.  I welcome new ideas, so please let me know if you’ve come across some tech-related project or organization that you find interesting.


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  1. Hi Debra,
    many thanks for sharing your excellent work. And I appreciate your friendly answers to all of us, who are asking strange questions.
    I have an Arduino UNO R3 and a Sparkfun BOB with MPU-6050, hooked up according to the diagrams. To be able to check out that the I2C-communication works and that I can read data från the MPU-chip.
    I was happy to get the MPU-6050 raw program run via the ArduionoIDE. So encouraged by that I continued to the Teapot-demo. But when I ran the demo via Processing then I got errormessages like:
    ” The package ”toxi” does not exist. You might be missing a library.
    – No library found for toxi.geom
    – No library found for toxi.processing
    – Libraries must be installed in a folder named ‘libraries’ inside the ‘sketchbook’ folder.”

    I have downloaded a toxipackage, but I am probably not putting the folders in the correct library/-ies. I put the libraries in the same folder as the Teapotdemo, but it does not seem to be correct. Can you please give some advice what to do?

  2. Hi Debra, my name is Javier. I’m from Argentina, currently living in Paris. Electronics engineer and “technophile” / geek/ and so on… I’ m amazed by your blog! I came up with your site looking for some info about how gyroscope works and BINGO! your post about MPU6050 was the master key! Thank you very much. I’m building my own quadcopter, and I would like to make kids and adults learn about technology, electronics, as you do…with real experiments/inventions.

    Well, just to give you a warm back rub!! Thanks for everything!

  3. Hi Debra! I found your blog during a search for some easy Lilypad projects. Loved all your projects 🙂 Being another geeky mom (PhD Computer science), I got to know Arduino exactly one year ago at Maker Faire Rome. We came back from the faire armed with an Arduino starter kit and many books on Arduino. We started making the projects in the starter kit with the kids and I really loved Arduino. Then in January this year I attended a workshop held by the Italian company that you mention here, Plug-and-Wear (it is based in Florence, where I live, actually) and got very interested in e-textiles. Being a crafts lover (giving also knitting lessons), I think e-textiles is what fits me the best. I am also mentoring in CoderDojo Florence, and we give Arduino lessons, too.. Anyway, I wanted to take your attention to the best e-textiles page I have found so far: http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/ Check out the project examples they have. I am sure you will love them!

    Good luck with the great work you are doing!


  4. Hi, Debra!
    It’s very glad to read your blog. I am an university teacher majoring in inertial technology, and I am giving an academic visit in UK now. Hope we can find some interesting topics.

    • The curriculum i based in Mindstorms development environment (not EV3), but if that’s ok, you can download it from the post about Mindstorms. If that doesnt work for you, send me your e-mail via the ‘contact’ page and I will send it to you.

  5. Hi Debra,

    Thank you very much for your MPU6050 codes and information.
    It helps me a lot to finish my project.
    It’s amazing to see the complicity of your works and the the detail of description.
    Thanks again.

    Muntak, from Korea

  6. Hi Debra –

    I too am a geeky Mom and came across Piper, a DIY console for kids that love minecraft. The company is a small startup that will be receiving their first shipment on December 11th for the holiday season. They are only taking pre-orders at this point, but Moms can follow announcements on twitter @withpiper. My son is only 2, but I wanted to pass along as your kids ages are more appropriately aged. I am so glad that I came across your blog!



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