Who better to create a book focused solely on the wonderful DIYs that can come from a father-daughter relationship than the MAKE magazine Editor in Chief / founder of Boing Boing? No one. Mark Frauenfelder was a man on a mission to find "geeky" DIY projects he could take on with his two daughters and, unfortunately, didn't find much of anything. So he started to compile his own, taking on the alter ego Maker Dad.
According to Boing Boing, the book is "focused on teaching girls lifelong skills—like computer programming, musicality and how to use basic hand tools—as well as how to be creative problem solvers." Watch (and follow along) as Fraudenfelder and his daughter Jane take on the "Friendstrument"—one of the book's 24 how-tos:
Also in the project lineup: Drawbot (a lively contraption that draws abstract patterns all by itself), Ice Cream Sandwich Necklace, Longboard, Antigravity Jar, Silkscreened T-Shirt, Retro Arcade Video Game, Host a Podcast, Lunchbox Guitar and Kite Video Camera, among others. Obviously, from the look of that soldering iron, these projects are much more than the expected paper and crayon crafts (cue collective sigh of relief). You can check out more projects from Frauenfelder and his maker daughters on his blog. Buy your own copy of Maker Dad on Amazon.
Erika is the editorial assistant at Core77. When she isn't covering design, you can find her writing about music, food, and healthy living habits. But mostly music. She also has a strong affinity for hedgehogs, bowling, and bands with goofy names.