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Erin Kennedy, better known by her robot-building alter ego "RobotGrrl," is on a mission to not only get kids and novices excited about robotics, but give them a place to start, too. Kennedy is kicking off a humble crowd-funding campaign to help her project get off the ground, and it's not hard to see why she's already well on her way.
 
I grew up playing Zelda. A Link to the Past doubled as my favorite storybook, and I spent my time away from the game dreaming about what it'd be like to adventure like Link — or "Kevin," as the game lets you pick your own name. The character was mine, and now a father is going to great lengths to ensure his daughter can have that same experience.
 
Ladies and gentlemen, the man cave has evolved. It is now a geek cave, and it is filled with all manner of high-tech wonders. For who is better than the geek to transform the old shabby basements of the world? Ours is a world of exploration and advancement. Our realm is that of progress. The geek cave shall stand as a refuge for all great passions. The geeks shall build them, and the rest of the world shall marvel and be welcomed in! Give us your Trekkers, your Victorianophiles, your Jedi yearning to believe. The geek cave shall rise up about each, wrapping them in the comforts they know so well. But these shall not simply be hideaways. The geek cave shall be a place for celebration and entertaining. Don't believe me? Feast your eyes upon these 13 marvels of geek engineering and judge for yourselves.
 
Brewing beer is an art. You have to monitor the fermentation and timing to make sure the process ends up as delicious beer instead of something skunky. With all that's involved, it's hardly surprising that some industrious super geek hacked his way into taking out the guesswork with the help of a Raspberry Pi.
 
In possibly his most glorious bit of "here's how you do it" video to date, serial DIY'er Ben Krasnow takes us through what it looks like inside a rocket during its burn. The hybrid rocket engine is built with acrylic to give us a view of the gaseous oxygen letting it rip.
 
It almost goes without saying that the greatest gift you can give a kid is the gift of learning through adventure. One father recently decided to give his four-year-old son such a treat by sending his favorite toy train to the very edge of space and back again.
 
There's a Lego fan out there named Akiyuki and he's created a gift for the world: a 100-foot long machine made from Legos that moves 500 hundred little balls around through various mechanisms. It's one of those things that once you see it start, you stick with it just to see what the balls are going to do next.

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