June 07, 2012 13:56 ET

MAKE Kicks Off "A Summer of Making" With Its 3D "School's Out!" Special Issue

Over 50 Projects Challenge Kids and Parents to Get Involved in Making

SEBASTOPOL, CA--(Marketwire - Jun 7, 2012) - MAKE magazine's special "Schools Out!" issue is hitting newsstands this week, featuring over 50 projects to make and photographed in 3D with glasses bound inside. It's MAKE's first issue devoted entirely to projects for kids and families, and kicks off MAKE's summer-long program, "A Summer of Making." The issue provides how-to guides and kits for fun and functional projects; from how to make 3D movies and models to silk-screening t-shirts to installing a zip line in your backyard. Step-by-step photo guides accompany the featured projects and all have recommendations for age and group activities.

"Summer is a really exciting time for kids to discover the joy of making things," says Dale Dougherty, founder and publisher of the MAKE division of O'Reilly Media. "MAKE magazine wants to invite kids and families everywhere to participate in a summer of making, so we've provided an issue that offers inspiration, tips, and creative project ideas that can get any family started."

The projects are divided into popular categories appealing to kids' special interests, such as Outdoors, Rainy Day, Craft, Music, Pranks, Electronics, and Weird Science. Maker Faire alum Barry Rothstein photographed the 3D issue with his own homemade 3D rig. Visit for a behind-the-scenes look at the production of the "School's Out!" 3D special issue.

Some of the featured projects rendered in 3D include:

  • Shooting 3D movies and photos
  • Building a marshmallow shooter
  • Installing a backyard zip line
  • Making chocolate banana pops
  • Silk-screening wearables
  • Making a cigar box guitar

YouTube sensation, 10-year old Super Awesome Sylvia is on the cover and the special issue also includes profiles of kids across the country sharing their stories and enthusiasm for making, as well as their favorite tools and proudest accomplishments as young makers. They also list their heroes who are just as likely to be their parents as famous makers like Bill Gates, Ben Franklin, and Bre Pettis.

"With parents creating a summer of making at home, and in their community, children will enjoy their 'best summer ever' and they will see themselves as makers," added Dougherty.

The special issue is the first of a number of events and programs that MAKE has planned this summer to challenge kids and parents to make things at home, in their community, and in summer camps and programs.

MAKE's "School's Out!" special issue is available now on newsstands and at RadioShack, Microcenter, and Barnes and Noble for $9.99. It can also be purchased through Maker Shed, MAKE's online store for kits and MAKE-branded merchandise at A PDF version is available for $6.99 at A special bundle created for subscribers to MAKE magazine includes both the hard copy issue and PDF for $4.99. MAKE is also offering 50% off on purchases of 12 or more copies of the print version of the special issue for schools and educational purposes. The discount is automatically applied when a customer adds a minimum of 12 copies to his or her cart.

About MAKE:
MAKE is the first magazine and media brand devoted entirely to the maker movement and the powerful combination of open source hardware + personal fabrication tools + connected makers, to generate sweeping changes from the classroom to the boardroom. MAKE enables the use of technology to create fun, inspired, and innovative projects, from the wildly popular MAKE website (; to Maker Shed, the online store featuring MAKE branded kits (; to Maker Faire, the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth ( MAKE is a division of O'Reilly Media and based in Sebastopol, CA. "The maker movement has brought the pre-1970s world of basement workshops and amateur tinkering into the digital age." -- The New York Times

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