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Maker Media

October 21, 2015 07:00 ET

Make: Paper Inventions, New From Maker Media

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 21, 2015) - From its invention thousands of years ago during the Chinese Han Dynasty to its use in modern day technological projects, paper is an enduring material. But it's good for more than just writing upon. Paper can be tough, durable, sturdy, and a terrific way to experiment with concepts from mathematics to electronics to housewares to decoration.

Using all the many varieties of paper available, from that produced for artists to that which is fit to print the news, Make: Paper Inventions (September 2015; $19.99) explores the versatility and utility of this every day product for a variety of applications, learning, and fun.

Perfect for students ages 8 and up as well as parents and educators, Make: Paper Inventions offers fully illustrated step-by-step instructions for 16 different projects ranging from circuits to generators, Tetrahedrons to Mobius Strips, baskets to sensors.

Readers will learn to create:

  • A light-up paper cat that shows how switches and sensors work
  • An action origami robot worm
  • Edible rice paper perfect for secret messages
  • A space rover that moves thanks to paper machinery
  • A paper generator that creates electricity when you tap or rub it
  • Heat-activated paper models that fold themselves
  • A geodesic dome big enough to crawl into -- from newspaper!

 And much more!

"I focused on paper as a building material because everyone has access to it in a wide variety of forms," says author Kathy Ceceri. "You can use it to create very simple designs, but it can also be used to make projects that are very complex and clever. As you'll see in the Engineering section of the book, when you roll paper up, it can support enough weight to build structures big enough to sit inside!"

Each chapter features new projects that will challenge and intrigue everyone, from beginning to experienced Makers. Learn about the history of papermaking and how to use simple STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) principles to make fun and creative paper inventions of your very own.

Let paper change your world.

Additional Resources
For more information about the book, including author bio and cover graphic, see

About Kathy Ceceri
Kathy Ceceri is the author of activity books for kids and families, including Making Simple Robots from Maker Media, as well as Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future. She helped create the Geek-Mom blog and the book Geek Mom: Projects, Tips, and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st-Century Families, and contributed more than a dozen projects to the Geek Dad series of books. Formerly the Homeschooling Expert at, Kathy presents robots and STEAM programs at schools, museums, libraries, and Maker Faires around the country. She lives with her family in Upstate New York.

Maker Media is a global platform for connecting makers with each other, with products and services, and with our partners. Through media, events and ecommerce, Maker Media serves a growing community of makers who bring a DIY mindset to technology. Whether as hobbyists or professionals, makers are creative, resourceful and curious, developing projects that demonstrate how they can interact with the world around them. The launch of Make: magazine in 2005, followed by Maker Faire in 2006, jumpstarted a worldwide Maker Movement, which is transforming innovation, culture and education. Headquartered in San Francisco, Maker Media is the publisher of Make: magazine and the producer of Maker Faire. It also develops "getting started" kits and books that are sold in its Maker Shed store as well as in retail channels. The Make: brand caters to a universe of more than 25 million makers collectively across its Make: magazine,, Maker Faires, and Maker Shed properties.

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    Maker Media