Going Outside: The Biggest Game of Tic-Tac-Toe

In this episode, Charlie teaches us how we can take a lousy topic like mowing a lawn, and turn it into a spectacular art form. Don’t have a lawn mower? A board, some string, and a hose will get the job done too! We also get to see Charlie and his friends play probably the biggest game of tic-tac-toe ever. It’s enormous. 

Get the Landscaper Skill at DIY!

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Summer Challenge: Start a DIY Club!

You don’t need a 3-D printer to start your own DIY Club. Glue, saws, building materials, cardboard, construction paper and a little bit of elbow grease is all you really need to have fun. Challenge your club members to be adventurous and earn Skills you never thought to try. Here are some suggestions to help you plan an epic summer:

Build a Shelter in the Wild

Make a Screen Print

Hold a Fashion Show

Make a Telescope

Build a Website

Start a Business 

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Photographic Drawing

Drawing with detail just requires taking a closer look. It helps to use a photograph for reference, and with enough practice you may be able to do it from memory. Using a gridded system keeps proportions precise, and allows the drawing to be bigger (or smaller) than the photo reference. Artist Chuck Close has been working from gridded photographs like this for decades. He builds his images by applying one brushstroke after another, paying close attention to every detail within the grid.

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The Yoshimoto Cube

The polyhedral mechanical puzzle toy that transforms into two stellated rhombic dodecahedrons from a cube.

Made by C Bits on DIY.

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4 Cool Science Tricks!

1. Build a solar cooker. Use an old pizza/cardboard box to build a cooker that bakes cookies, reheats food, etc. Try out different recipes!

2. Demonstrate capillary action. Use food dye to see how plants get the water and nutrients they need through tiny capillary tubes.

3. Make oobleck. Crazy things happen when you mix cornstarch with water. 

4. Grow crystals. Use evaporation to create intricate crystals on sugar, salt, or ice. Diamonds take thousands of years, but these can grow much faster.

5 months ago 2,894 notes