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Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share

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This book is awesome! You don't even need a kid to enjoy the imaginative and techie activities in Geek Dad. Sure, kids will love it, but don't let that stop you from picking up a copy for yourself.
Recommended by Ted, Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

The ultimate DIY project guide for techie dads raising kids in their own geeky image, in the spirit of The Dangerous Book for Boys.

Today's generation of dads grew up more tech-savvy than ever. Rather than joining the Little League team, many grew up playing computer games, Dungeons and Dragons, and watching Star Wars. Now with kids of their own, these digital-age dads are looking for fresh ways to share their love of science and technology, and help their kids develop a passion for learning and discovery.

Enter supergeek, and father of two, Ken Denmead. An engineer and editor of the incredibly popular GeekDad blog on wired.com, Ken has created the ultimate, idea-packed guide guaranteed to help dads and kids alike enjoy the magic of playtime together and tap into the infinite possibility of their imagination. With illustrations throughout, this book offers projects for all ages to suit any timeframe or budget. With Denmead's expert guidance, you and your child can:

  • Fly a night-time kite ablaze with lights or launch a video camera with balloons
  • Construct the Best Slip n' Slide Ever, a guaranteed thrill ride
  • Build a working lamp with LEGO bricks and CDs
  • Create a customized comic strip or your own board game
  • Transform any room into a spaceship
  • Make geeky crafts like cyborg jack-o'-lanterns or Ethernet cuff links

Brimming with endlessly fun and futuristic tidbits on everything from gaming to gadgets, GeekDad helps every tech-savvy father unleash his inner kid-and bond with the next generation of brainiacs.

Synopsis:

Brimming with endlessly fun and futuristic tidbits on everything from gaming to gadgets, this ultimate DIY project guide helps every tech-savvy father unleash his inner kid and bond with the next generation of brainiacs.

Synopsis:

In the spirit of The Daring Book for Girls, the first DIY project guide for fathers and daughters from the founder of Boing Boing and editor-in-chief of MAKE magazine.

Synopsis:

As the editor in chief of MAKE magazine, Mark Frauenfelder has spent years combing through DIY books, but heand#8217;s never been able to find one with geeky projects he can share with his two daughters. Maker Dad is the first DIY book to use cutting-edge (and affordable) technology in appealing projects for fathers and daughters to do together. These crafts and gadgets are both rewarding to make and delightful to play with. Whatand#8217;s more, Maker Dad teaches girls lifelong skillsand#8212;like computer programming, musicality, and how to use basic hand toolsand#8212;as well as how to be creative problem solvers. The bookand#8217;s twenty-four unique projects include:

and#8226;and#160;Drawbot, a lively contraption that draws abstract patterns all by itself

and#8226;and#160;Ice Cream Sandwich Necklace

and#8226;and#160;Friendstrument, an electronic musical instrument girls can play with friends

and#8226;and#160;Longboard

and#8226;and#160;Antigravity Jar

and#8226;and#160;Silkscreened T-Shirt

and#8226;and#160;Retro Arcade Video Game

and#8226;and#160;Host a Podcast

and#8226;and#160;Lunchbox Guitar

and#8226;and#160;Kite Video Camera

Innovative and groundbreaking, Maker Dad will inspire fathers to geek out with their daughters and help girls cultivate an early affinity for math, science, and technology.

and#160;

Synopsis:

The ultimate DIY project guide for techie dads raising kids in their own geeky image, in the spirit of The Dangerous Book for Boys

Today's generation of dads grew up more tech-savvy than ever. Rather than joining the Little League team, many grew up playing computer games, Dungeons and Dragons, and watching Star Wars. Now with kids of their own, these digital-age dads are looking for fresh ways to share their love of science and technology, and help their kids develop a passion for learning and discovery.

Enter supergeek, and father of two, Ken Denmead. An engineer and editor of the incredibly popular GeekDad blog on wired.com, Ken has created the ultimate, idea-packed guide guaranteed to help dads and kids alike enjoy the magic of playtime together and tap into the infinite possibility of their imagination. With illustrations throughout, this book offers projects for all ages to suit any timeframe or budget. With Denmead's expert guidance, you and your child can:

•Fly a night-time kite ablaze with lights or launch a video camera with balloons

•Construct the "Best Slip n' Slide Ever," a guaranteed thrill ride

•Build a working lamp with LEGO bricks and CDs

•Create a customized comic strip or your own board game

•Transform any room into a spaceship

•Make geeky crafts like cyborg jack-o'-lanterns or Ethernet cuff links

Brimming with endlessly fun and futuristic tidbits on everything from gaming to gadgets, GeekDad helps every tech-savvy father unleash his inner kid-and bond with the next generation of brainiacs.

Watch a Video

About the Author

Ken Denmead is the editor of GeekDad, a blog on Wired magazine's Web site. A professional civil engineer, he lives near San Francisco with his two sons, who are both geeks in training.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Say Yes to Mistakes. . .01

Maker Dad Toolbox. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 03

(E) Antigravity Jar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 04

(M) Drawbot. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

(C) Longboard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18

(C) Mid-Century Rocking Chair. . . . .24

(E) Soap Shapes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32

(E) Giant Bubbles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

(C) Create a Podcast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48

(M) Silkscreen T-Shirt. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58

(M) Ice Cream Sandwich Necklace. . 64

(M) Paper Bowl Speaker. . . . . . . . . . . . .74

(M) Peg Trick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82

(E) Rubber Stamps. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86

(C) The Friendstrument. . . . . . . . . . . . 90

(M) Mixie Sticks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104

(C) Retro Arcade Video Game. . . . . .110

(E) Crazy Cards. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126

(C) Lunch Box Guitar . . . . . . . . . . . . . .132

(E) Seven-Piece Puzzle Cube. . . . . . .148

(E) Rainbow Pops. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .154

(M) Astro Ice Cream. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160

(C) Kite Video Camera. . . . . . . . . . . . .172

(m) Mu Torere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .184

(C) Getting to Know Arduino. . . . . . 190

(E) and#8220;Canand#8217;t Loseand#8221; Dice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 206

Ackowledgments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .212

PROJECTS KEY

(E) easy and quick

(M) moderately challenging

(C) challenging. a real skill-builder!

Product Details

ISBN:
9781592405527
Author:
Denmead, Ken
Publisher:
Gotham Books
Foreword by:
Anderson, Chris
Foreword:
Anderson, Chris
Author:
Frauenfelder, Mark
Subject:
Experiments & Projects
Subject:
General
Subject:
Activities
Subject:
Parenting - Fatherhood
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Subject:
Crafts for Children
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4/c throughout
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 8 in 1.2 lb
Age Level:
17-17

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Product details 240 pages Gotham Books - English 9781592405527 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

This book is awesome! You don't even need a kid to enjoy the imaginative and techie activities in Geek Dad. Sure, kids will love it, but don't let that stop you from picking up a copy for yourself.

"Synopsis" by , Brimming with endlessly fun and futuristic tidbits on everything from gaming to gadgets, this ultimate DIY project guide helps every tech-savvy father unleash his inner kid and bond with the next generation of brainiacs.
"Synopsis" by , In the spirit of The Daring Book for Girls, the first DIY project guide for fathers and daughters from the founder of Boing Boing and editor-in-chief of MAKE magazine.
"Synopsis" by ,

As the editor in chief of MAKE magazine, Mark Frauenfelder has spent years combing through DIY books, but heand#8217;s never been able to find one with geeky projects he can share with his two daughters. Maker Dad is the first DIY book to use cutting-edge (and affordable) technology in appealing projects for fathers and daughters to do together. These crafts and gadgets are both rewarding to make and delightful to play with. Whatand#8217;s more, Maker Dad teaches girls lifelong skillsand#8212;like computer programming, musicality, and how to use basic hand toolsand#8212;as well as how to be creative problem solvers. The bookand#8217;s twenty-four unique projects include:

and#8226;and#160;Drawbot, a lively contraption that draws abstract patterns all by itself

and#8226;and#160;Ice Cream Sandwich Necklace

and#8226;and#160;Friendstrument, an electronic musical instrument girls can play with friends

and#8226;and#160;Longboard

and#8226;and#160;Antigravity Jar

and#8226;and#160;Silkscreened T-Shirt

and#8226;and#160;Retro Arcade Video Game

and#8226;and#160;Host a Podcast

and#8226;and#160;Lunchbox Guitar

and#8226;and#160;Kite Video Camera

Innovative and groundbreaking, Maker Dad will inspire fathers to geek out with their daughters and help girls cultivate an early affinity for math, science, and technology.

and#160;

"Synopsis" by ,
The ultimate DIY project guide for techie dads raising kids in their own geeky image, in the spirit of The Dangerous Book for Boys

Today's generation of dads grew up more tech-savvy than ever. Rather than joining the Little League team, many grew up playing computer games, Dungeons and Dragons, and watching Star Wars. Now with kids of their own, these digital-age dads are looking for fresh ways to share their love of science and technology, and help their kids develop a passion for learning and discovery.

Enter supergeek, and father of two, Ken Denmead. An engineer and editor of the incredibly popular GeekDad blog on wired.com, Ken has created the ultimate, idea-packed guide guaranteed to help dads and kids alike enjoy the magic of playtime together and tap into the infinite possibility of their imagination. With illustrations throughout, this book offers projects for all ages to suit any timeframe or budget. With Denmead's expert guidance, you and your child can:

•Fly a night-time kite ablaze with lights or launch a video camera with balloons

•Construct the "Best Slip n' Slide Ever," a guaranteed thrill ride

•Build a working lamp with LEGO bricks and CDs

•Create a customized comic strip or your own board game

•Transform any room into a spaceship

•Make geeky crafts like cyborg jack-o'-lanterns or Ethernet cuff links

Brimming with endlessly fun and futuristic tidbits on everything from gaming to gadgets, GeekDad helps every tech-savvy father unleash his inner kid-and bond with the next generation of brainiacs.

Watch a Video

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