News from the DIY HQ: Caption/Background Contest - FORK IT!

So we introduced the idea of “forking” a while back and it’s become a sort of social currency on the site.  By forking a project, a DIYer is paying the ultimate compliment to a fellow user by making iterations to their project and remaking it into something that they can call their own.

We’re constantly planting seeds in the community and trying to promote this type of behavior so that forking becomes a common form of interaction on the site.  Forking is not purely social, it also inspires kids to get creative and make something that they might never have thought to try. Lately, we’ve been playing around with our green screen and created our first #capcon contest, encouraging makers to have some fun with photoshop. Hilarious submissions are rolling and we’re amazed at how our growing community is responding, click here to check out some of the awesome projects.

9 months ago 21 notes

#Halloween2013 Contest Winners Revealed!

Thanks to everyone for participating in this year’s Halloween Contest.  We received a ton of awesome submissions and are excited to announce this year’s winners in the following categories (drum roll please):

Congratulations to everyone for making this year’s contest the best on yet.  Until next year DIYers :)

10 months ago 61 notes

From the forthcoming DIY visualpedia handbooks, this is our latest entry on driftwood shacks.

10 months ago 45 notes

New Supplies in the DIY Market!

Sewing Kits $10

A needle and thread are some of the oldest tools on the planet and they’re just as useful today as they were in the Stone Age. With the DIY Sewing Kit, you can mod your clothes, stitch your patches, and fix anything that’s come undone.

Canvas Tool Bag $40

This tool bag is the perfect place to store your ever-growing tool collection and makes easy work of carrying your gear from the workshop to the job site. A lot of pros choose canvas tool bags over metal boxes for their lighter weight and their ability to be hung on hooks and ladders. Don’t be afraid to get this bag dirty—it only looks  better with age!

11 months ago 102 notes

Want to take part at DIY? Help kickstart a Club in your neighborhood.

A DIY Club practices skills, builds epic projects and takes adventures. If you want DIY in your neighborhood, think about being the Club Leader to make it happen. At very least it’s a few hours of your time each week and you’ll learn plenty of new skills yourself. Follow this guide to get started!

11 months ago 23 notes

What Kids are Discovering Through Minecraft

If you haven’t heard, kids love playing Minecraft. The game has sold an estimated 20 million copies across different platforms and consoles since its alpha release in 2009. For those not familiar, Minecraft is a video game that lets you use blocks to build just about anything you can imagine in a virtual world. Players explore, collect resources, and work together to create structures that might otherwise have been impossible to construct alone. The game utilizes the use of realistic mechanisms like real-world circuits and logic gates, making it a game filled with tons of educational value and just plain old fun.

It’s an awesome gaming community that has taken DIY by storm, cementing its place as one of our most popular projects and becoming a continually trending topic on our Explore page. Replicas of superdomes, olympic sized swimming pools, fantasy worlds, elaborate architectural feats, epic pixel art creations, and even DIY Staff pixelations are just a few of the incredibly complex structures created on Minecraft and shared on the site.

It’s a game that was garnered the attention of a variety of different groups in radically different ways. The UN utilizes Minecraft as a planning tool for third world communities where students can use the game’s mechanisms to plan and design their own neighbourhoods. It’s being used in classrooms all across the U.S. to help kids discover engineering concepts, geography, architecture, mathematics, as well as critical thinking skills, teamwork, and exploration.

Within DIY, Minecraft has sparked a flourishing community that has, in many ways, bridged the gap between users’ ages, interests, and creativity. We find that many DIYers have been teaching themselves all sorts of things using Minecraft as a platform: the basics of computing by setting up their own servers, electronics components through the use of redstone, teamwork through collaborations on adventure maps and building incredibly elaborate structures. It’s this sort of value we see in the game that empowers its users to learn and discover real world concepts for themselves. We try our best at DIY to curate a variety of skills while keeping in mind that learning and discovery is unique to each individual. We’re extremely pleased to announce that we’re collaborating with a variety of communities to come out with innovative ways for kids to learn, explore, and discover.

11 months ago 164 notes