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Projects in the News

Every week, we round up some of the stories about projects that made it into the press. We're happy to see them out there in the real world, and excited to share their progress with you! Read on.

Nigel Smith of IndieWire published a Q+A with Whoopi Goldberg about her directorial debut: "Goldberg is hoping to make her Kickstarter goal of $65,000 to finish producing her documentary on one of her role models, legendary stand-up comedian Moms Mabley (born Loretta Mary Aiken), who rose to national recognition in the 1960s. Mabley, who passed away at the age of 81 in 1975, has over 20 comedy records to her name and performed everywhere from Harlem's Apollo Theater to Carnegie Hall. As Goldberg says in her Kickstarter pitch, 'Moms was the first and without her there probably would not have been a Totie, a Joan, a Kathy, a Wanda, or any of the others who may follow.'"

The SparkLab build-mobile.
The SparkLab build-mobile.

Tim Bailey of WIRED's GeekDad profiled the SparkLab: Educational Build-Mobile project to outfit a delivery truck with laser cutters, 3D printers and hand tools to bring a maker curriculum to schools: "A couple of design students from the d.school at Stanford University in California had the insight to combine the idea of a mobile food truck with the hacking/DIY/making movement. Their goal was to create a mobile workshop to bring all the tools and equipment needed for hands-on, project-based learning to schools where no such support existed."

Garrett Snyder of LA Weekly featured a food project out of San Francisco called Nomiku, which sets out help foodies cook inspiring dishes with a simple immersion circulator: "Sous vide cooking using a immersion circulator is essentially like turning on a space-age slow cooker: You vacuum seal whatever you'd like to cook in a plastic bag, then place it in a water bath circulating at a constant temperature for several hours or days at a time until the food item has been slowly poached, without losing any of its essential juices or flavor."

Joe Coscarelli of New York magazine looked at the Tomorrow Magazine project to create a one-shot publication about creative destruction: "A creative approach to fund-raising also helps. Four people have already put in $250 or more, which gets them not only the magazine, a tote bag, and a party invite, but a "life event of your choosing, illustrated in GIFs" by Friedman, who's behind the media-favorite #realtalk for your editor Tumblr."

Aspiring technology innovator playing with Roominate.
Aspiring technology innovator playing with Roominate.

Amanda Kooser of CNET News spotlighted the recently successful Roominate project to create DIY lasercut miniature room sets with working circuits that children can build themselves into a customizable dollhouses: "Roominate is the brainchild of three women scientists who noticed a distinct dearth of other women in their upper-level science and math classes. Their idea is to expose young girls to the excitement and creativity of science. Those early experiences can turn into careers later in life. The basic Roominate is just a little room, but it's stackable and customizable. The wallpaper can be changed. The furniture can be assembled, disassembled, and turned into something else."

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