Backend Dev is now a Skill.

These developers write scripts that interact with servers - the less visible “backend” of websites. They’re masters of fast responses and requests. Backend Devs program the information sharing between servers and the apps and websites we use everyday.

Thanks to Jessica Lord for building this Skill!

1 year ago 11 notes

Backyard Farmer is now a Skill!

Backyard Farmers can transform any space into an urban oasis. They speak the language of sunlight, water and soil. Where others lay concrete and lawns, Backyard Farmers partner with plants and animals to turn the land around their homes into a food producing paradise.

Thanks to Meagan Moore and Daren Rabinovitch for helping to build this skill!

1 year ago 5 notes

Start a DIY Club!

A DIY Club is a group that works together to practice skills, do creative projects and take epic adventures together. The kinds of DIY Clubs are infinite – it could be a punk band, robotics club, newspaper staff, film crew or just a bunch of friends hacking on random projects.

Thanks to Daren for making this video and check out our new DIY Club Guide for more info. Happy making!

1 year ago 9 notes

Fearless Kids

In this 5-minute Ignite talk given at the 2013 DML Conference, co-founder Isaiah Saxon presents evidence on the fearlessness of kids and how is inspiring the next generation of Makers.

1 year ago 20 notes

Prankster is now a Skill!

Pranksters aim to surprise and delight audiences with their clever, unusual tricks. While the victim of a practical joke may be uncomfortable at first, the best jokes are easily reversible and leave everyone laughing. Capture your funniest pranks on video so they can be shared!

Get started on preparing for your epic antics come April Fool’s Day. A few sample challenges:
1 year ago 4 notes

Become a Bike Mechanic!

Cycling at night is dangerous without the proper gear. One thing to help keep you safe is having a light to help show you the path and let drivers know that you are there. There are endless numbers of bike light designs. Build one and show us how bright it is!

1 year ago 17 notes

A Day in the Life of a Feed Master and Tips for Project Submissions

Hi all, Diana here.  Today I’ll  be talking a bit about what it means to be, what we in the office call, a “Feed Master.”  I get the occasional e-mail from a Parent or Maker asking “How do projects get approved on the site?” or “How are challenges awarded?”. These tasks fall into the hands of those who monitor the project feed – but who exactly does it and what do they do?

Every member of the DIY Team is a Feed Master. Whether it’s monitoring the stream during the day or tackling the project feed on the weekends, we all take part in awarding Makers challenge completions – and seeing projects that you make is the best part of the job.  When a Maker clicks the “Did it” button and uploads a picture and/or video of their project onto the site, it gets queued in our project feed.  Whoever is monitoring the feed starts from the bottom up, reviewing the earliest submitted projects first. Makers are awarded challenge completions if their projects meet the requirements for that challenge. Occasionally, a project will get turned down and asked to be given a second pass simply because the project was submitted for the wrong challenge, did not finish uploading, or had a blurry picture.  A second pass may also occur if users submit a project that isn’t theirs or their account has yet to be verified by a parent. It’s up to the Feed Master to identify these issues and provide support so that users can continue to make and earn Skills.

With that said, here’s a short list of Tips for Project Submissions:

1. Take high quality photos: Submit a clear photo of that project you took the time out to make.
2. Take multiple shots of your project: You’re encouraged to upload more than one photo of your project. Experiment with which angles showcase your project best.
3. Title your project: This helps us know exactly what it is.
4. Choose a format that’s appropriate for the Challenge:  Due to the nature of certain Skills (i.e. Musician, Animator, etc.), some challenges require that you submit a video for the challenge completion. We want to see that home-made stop-motion animation and that video of you learning how to play the piano!
5. Create a How-To for your project: Include the materials you used to build your project and a guide on how to remake it.  Showing a fellow Maker how you’ve made something is a sign that you’re on your way to mastering a Skill, and having a fellow Maker remake your project is a huge compliment. We’re currently working on incorporating different metrics to inspire Makers to constantly improve their projects.

Let me know if you’d like you have any other tips and feel free to leave a comment below or send me an e-mail at with your suggestions. Happy making!

-Diana Wattanapongsakorn
1 year ago 6 notes