Make: School's Out Summer Fun Guide
Publisher: Maker Media, Inc
Final Release Date: May 2012
Pages: 116

MAKE magazine’s special “Schools Out!” issue features over 50 projects to make and is photographed in 3D with glasses bound inside. The issue is jam-packed with original (and thrilling!) activities photographed in 3D. 50+ projects include electronics, music, 3D printing, toys, snacks, weird science, outdoors, and much more.

The projects are divided into popular categories including Combat, Outdoors, Rainy Day, Craft, Music, Pranks, Electronics, and Weird Science. Maker Faire alum Barry Rothstein photographed the 3D issue with his own homemade 3D rig. 3D glasses are bound into every issue, and Some of the featured projects rendered in 3D include:

  • Shooting 3D movies and photos
  • Building a marshmallow shooter
  • Installing a backyard zip line
  • Making chocolate banana pops
  • Silk-screening wearables
  • Making a cigar box guitar
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      4.0

      Great Screen-Free Summer Fun

      By Alvi

      from Austin, TX

      About Me Designer, Educator

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      Pros

      • Creative
      • Easy to understand
      • Fun
      • Helpful examples

      Cons

      • Too short

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        Comments about oreilly Make: School's Out Summer Fun Guide:

        This was a pretty awesome edition of Make magazine. Apparently, this School's Out Summer Fun Guide is an ongoing annual thing - and I'll definitely be on the look out for next year's! This issue is chock full of crafts and hands-on activities for parents and kids. It provides hours of screen-free entertainment that'll encourage creativity and get parents and kids interacting. If you parents have heard "I'm bored" one too many times this summer, this summer issue might just be the fix.

        I wasn't actually aware of Make magazine before checking out this issue. From what I gather though, it basically caters to the crowd that likes to make stuff - all kinds of stuff. There are super simple crafts and there are uber-complex projects that require welding, soldering and wiring. Basically, there's something for everyone.

        This particular issue has some 3-D features (the printed copy comes with 3D glasses), and one of the articles actually is a little how-to on making your own 3D images. The rest of the magazine covers all sorts of projects in eight different categories: Combat, Outdoors, Rainy Day, Craft, Music, Pranks, Flight, and Electronics.

        I'm passionate about encouraging creativity in children - and now I'm gonna be promoting this magazine to every parent I know.

         
        4.0

        Inspiration for Kids to Make something

        By Peter Schott

        from DFW, TX

        About Me Dad, Hobbiest

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        Pros

        • Easy to understand
        • Helpful examples
        • Inspiring
        • Well-written

        Cons

        • 3D not as good in ebook
        • Too much online-only

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        Comments about oreilly Make: School's Out Summer Fun Guide:

        I really enjoyed this particular issue of Make. It's aimed at families – kids and adults working together to make things. The issue is partially in 3-D. If you buy the printed copy, you'll get your own set of 3D glasses to look at the various pictures printed throughout the magazine. To make it even better, one of the first articles directs you to a website filled with 3D imagery as well as instructions on how to make your own 3D pictures. Steve White contributed his own experiences putting together a 3D movie and photo rig using two webcams and some parts that are relatively easy to find. After this quick foray into 3D imagery, the magazine quickly hits its main target – Summer Fun.

        The editors broke down Summer Fun projects into 8 categories: Combat, Outdoors, Rainy Day, Craft, Music, Pranks, Flight, and Electronics. This section was both great and disappointing. It was great because it gave some wonderful instructions for 8 projects and a lot of inspiring pictures for more. It was disappointing because the remainder of the many projects were to be found online and not in the magazine itself. (To be fair, including those would have turned this magazine into a book.) The online projects include some basic things such as slingshots, kid-safe bamboo swords, stilts, circuits made out of play-dough, drum kits, invisible ink printing, and quite a bit more. There are a lot of great ideas for parents and kids to work together to build some great toys and projects. The Flight section points to a lot of great Rocket projects – water and air for the kids.

        Those articles are great for the kids – inspiration on things they can build with some adult help. However, the part I appreciated more than the projects was towards the end of the magazine. Six children who like to make things were profiled, along with their projects. Make interviewed I-Wei Huang, one of the Skylanders artists, for advice on how to stay creative all your life. Several educators then gave their best tips for building and making with kids. If you're not quite sure how to get started or why you might want to encourage your kids to build things, this is a great read.

        Overall, I really liked this magazine. The minor disappointment of having so many projects online was offset by the number of articles and projects that are inspiring to the younger generation. I know that this is something my kid will appreciate and find inspiring. I know that I'm ready to get a list of parts together and get building now.

        * I was provided with a review copy of this magazine by O'Reilly in return for an unbiased interview. This did not influence my opinion in any way. (I was actually considering buying a copy of this for myself before being offered the chance to review it.)

        ** The 3D pictures were really designed to go with the printed magazine and work well there. If you have the old red-blue glasses, break them out to look at the pictures.

         
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        Review of Make: School's Out Fun Guide

        By hfb

        from Nashua, NH

        About Me Enginner, Tinkerer

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        Pros

        • Concise
        • Easy to understand

        Cons

        • Headache inducing
        • Horrible 3D Images

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        • Novice
        • Student

        Comments about oreilly Make: School's Out Summer Fun Guide:

        Okay, so, I gave the magazine a two star review but I have a very good reason for it and it's not due to the content. The problem with this issue is that almost every image related to any of the articles is in 3D and it completely messes with your eyes. Maybe if I had 3D glasses and could view it that way, it would be better but getting through this was very difficult and almost gave me a headache. I'm sure for kids with the right glasses, it would be fun but how many people, especially parents, are going to go through this with glasses on? If I weren't all that interested in the contents, I would have completely skipped this issue just looking at the cover as that was enough to make my head hurt.
        The contents were pretty good. A lot were simple projects for kids to do over the summer with their parents. It's something nice that I'm sure many people who like to make things will enjoy. It's written at a lower level to make it easier for kids to understand and that is commendable. However, I have to say it's a hard read with all the red and blue pictures throughout the book.
        If you're really looking for projects and can't find them anywhere else, this is a nice resource. If you rip all the 3D images out and still have a semblance of a magazine with good instructions, this is also a nice resource. If you can't stand 3D images, avoid this like the plague.

        Disclaimer: This book was received as part of the O'Reilly Blogger Review Program. All comments represent my thoughts and opinions.

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