The NEW Industrial Revolution

One thing I really like to do is go to our local library and browse through the magazines. It’s a real treat because I would never order so many magazines and I certainly would never be able to keep them in the perfect order they do at the library!
Last week I happened upon an April 2014 issue of Popular Mechanics. It isn’t something I usually read, but the heading on the cover caught my eye. “25 Makers Who Are Reinventing the American Dream,” really inspired me to continue reading! I was spellbound for a good hour as I read about each of these interesting young new innovators. The write up on the woman Limor Freid really intrigued me. It wasn’t her vibrantly hot pink hair that intrigued me the most. It was her inventions and her mission. She was busy at M.I.T. studying for her master’s degree when she started a company called Adafruit. When I went to the website, read all about the company and what they offer, I felt like I just won a million dollars!
If you enjoy tinkering with electronics or are a budding engineer, you will love this! Try making the “MintyBoost” that charges your mobile device and is made in an Altoids tin!

Morse Code

It is so easy to send a text message these days by way of cell phones or the internet, that it is hard to imagine that at one time there was no way to communicate with other people a distance away unless you used the postal mail. When Samuel Morse invented a way to send messages that were a code of electrical impulses, our lives changed forever! Those dots and dashes could be sent and translated over a distance making it possible to send emergency messages to places throughout the country. Many of you are studying, or will be studying, about magnetism and electricity in the 8th grade physics course. I found this fun website that translates a sentence that you write into Morse Code. You can then click “play” and hear the dots and dashes of the message. Send something to a friend! Here’s the Morse Code Translator.