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Bringing Some Brand XL Innovation To Children’s Creativity Museum

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Just accepted an invitation to be Innovator of the Month  for the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco this coming December.  In my role as a Kid*Spark Fellow, I’ll be setting up an installation  and running workshops that highlight the benefits  of Maker activity and Rokenbok construction in creative engagement and play that also delivers lessons about Engineering principles.  It’s part of the museum’s commitment to  “connecting families and children with innovative thinkers, makers and designers.”

I’m Looking forward to contributing to the body of work from the preceding  featured Innovators and excited about the challenge.  I’ve already started modifying some files from  Rokenbok’s  3D library in preparation for the month.

And what better month is there for delivering installations and lessons using toys than December? ;-]



Images from Day 1 CodeAcross: Harnessing San Diego Health Data Code-A-Thon

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

San Diego Mayor Wants to Create a City of Makers

Friday, May 24th, 2013

While explaining his budget priorities, Mayor Bob Filner asks, “Fab Labs — have you heard of ’em?”

Why, yes Mayor, as a matter of fact, I have.



Here’s the Mayor’s full explanation of his “Civic and Urban Initiatives Program”:

Biomimicry Shoe by Marieka Ratsma and Kostika Spaho

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Marieka Ratsma


A bird’s skull inspired the hollow heel of these 3D-printed shoes by Dutch fashion designer Marieka Ratsma and American architect Kostika Spaho. They used the shape of a bird’s cranium for the front of the shoe, with the tapered beak as the spike of the heel. The lightweight and efficient structure of the hollow skull allowed the shoe to be 3D-printed using less material. Take a look!



Kostika Spaho

creative shoe

Biomimicry Shoe


I love that both the beautiful aesthetic and the structural mechanics were inspired by the same biological source. That happens a lot when engineers and designers drink from the well of biomimicry. Life’s perfect engineering solutions are often resonant with our sense of beauty.

The New Digital Divide

Thursday, April 19th, 2012