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The way we consume media has changed dramatically over the past decade, with social media and content sharing platforms allowing users to get closer to new ideas and technologies without relying on traditional textbooks and lectures.   YouTube has provided a particularly rich platform for aspiring engineers and tech enthusiasts, with numerous professional and amateur makers sharing their skills for a global online audience. From building projects to discussing the latest industry trends, t ...
  I recently put together three easy to build  projects - that are awesome - with younger builders in mind. We are talking breadboards, glue, hand-files, heatshrink tubing kind of easy. These projects seem complex, but they are surprisingly simple. You could probably build one of these in an afternoon with the help of your favorite kids.   Let's go up the coolness scale:   First off is my Shake Activated Water Bottle Night Light. What's running this is two 555 timer I ...
  As he was finding his footing in both America and his career, William “Bill” Knudsen, a young Danish-born immigrant in New York, took a low-paying job at a Buffalo bicycle manufacturer to learn more about the manufacturing process. The plant superintendent, William H. Smith, noticed Knudsen’s industriousness and took it upon himself to oversee the young man’s development as a manufacturing engineer.   At age 29, Knudsen himself was general superintendent, a ...