All posts by Lenore Edman

About Lenore Edman

Co-founder of Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories.

Evil Mad Scientist Open House: November 19

Evil Mad Scientist Door

You’re invited to our annual open house!

When: Thursday, November 19, 5 pm − 9 pm
Where: Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories
175 San Lazaro Ave, Suite 150
Sunnyvale, CA, 94086

You can check out our latest projects, play with the giant Digi-Comp II, meet Zener the cat, and share in food and conversation.

From the archives: Sweet or Savory Specimen Jars

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From the archives comes one of our favorite food projects: Halloween Cuisine: Sweet or Savory Specimen Jars.

 What good is a specimen jar if you can’t serve it at dinner? The contents of the jars should be genuinely edible, made out of real food. Plastic snakes and spiders are right out.

More Halloween edibles can be found  in the food category of our Halloween Project Archive.

Halloween Project Archives

Array of Halloween Projects

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays, and our collection of Halloween projects continues to grow. Every fall we update it to include our latest projects for the season. In the list … we’ve organized dozens of our Halloween projects into categories: costumespumpkinsdecor and food.

Head over to the Halloween Project Archives for the full list of projects.

Lady Ada Lovelace Day 2015

Maker Ed Stage
Morse code message crocheted into a scarf

For Lady Ada Lovelace Day this year, I want to celebrate the participation of so many unsung women in technical endeavors of all kinds.

Ada Lovelace Day is an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

I love that Lady Ada Day gives the opportunity to make women more visible. I am paying homage with some images from Maker Faires this year of girls and women of all ages participating in and helping to guide hands-on activities. Here’s to the many women who aren’t as celebrated but are still involved and making things better for all of us!

R2 builders club
Gleefully hanging out with robots

Trying out a hovercraft
Learning Lapidary techniques

Lighting up the room with an LED hat
Limor and 4 Paws Wearables
Celebrating the iterations of design

Psychedelic Flame Soldering Kit

Last year, we released our Flickery Flame Soldering Kits with six candle-flicker LEDs in red and yellow or white and warm white, to give a fun and semi-realistic flame effect. Now we’re releasing a new Psychedelic Flame Soldering Kit with six blinky-fading-flashy RGB LEDs.

Together the auto-changing LEDs make this a bright, colorful, and kinetic light show. Perfect for holiday decorations (psychedelic Jack O’Lanterns, anyone?), luminarias, scale models, stage props, and parties.

Kit contents

These kits are fun, low-cost, self-contained, and easy soldering kits, which will be right at home both as stocking stuffers and as bite-size first projects for soldering workshops.

The collectivity project

Dreamy Lego architecture

While in NY last month, we stumbled on The collectivity project while walking along the beautiful High Line park.

Building with Lego in NY

This exhibit by artist Olafur Eliasson invites the public “to build their vision of a future city” with three tons of white Lego bricks. It was fun to see people building bridges between tables of buildings, rebuilding architectural features, adding words and symbols.

Building with Lego in NY

Today (October 12) is the last day of the project on the High Line.

As seen in the JameCo Newsletter

We’ve been shopping at JameCo since long before we started Evil Mad Scientist, and were tickled when they started carrying our kits. This month, they featured us in their newsletter.

…all about taking creativity to the next level, bridging the gap between art and technology, supporting education, and inspiring new minds to transform themselves…

World Maker Faire 2015

Great hall wall

We had a great time at the 2015 World Maker Faire. The Great Hall has reopened after renovations.


Gamelatron was set up on the patio outside the hall and formed a meditative place of respite from the high energy of the rest of the faire.

Moat Boat Paddle Battle

Moat Boat Paddle Battle was hugely popular with their newly built raceway.

Flexible interactive animated arms

There were beautiful interactive flexible robot arms.

Power racing series under the Terrace on the Park

The Terrace on the Park formed a fabulous backdrop for the Power Racing Series.

Limor and 4 Paws Wearables

We caught up with Limor from Adafruit while learning about wearables for pets from Blythe of 4 Paws Wearables.


We were completely wowed by the VEC9 vector arcade game. Every aspect of it showed obsessive attention to detail, and the tank controller felt amazing.


This cookiebot was made with the Fizzbit, a USB chargeable vibrobot platform by The Crafty Robot.

Rocket go-cart

The rocket powered go cart was one of the more impressively dangerous projects. There were many more wonders to see, and you can see our full set of pictures from the event in the flickr album.