• Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire – Saturday, June 4, 2016 May 26, 2016

    I’m excited to share that I will be presenting at the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, June 4, 2016! This time around, I will be making several projects live, and shooting videos of the entire process, as well as showing examples of past projects and videos. 

    This year, the A2 Mini Maker Faire has changed locations to the Ann Arbor District Library’s downtown branch. Come see how this process of shooting and editing video of maker projects can work! 

  • DIY Custom Pedalboard from Reclaimed Wood April 27, 2016

    Check out my latest project video, in which I built a custom pedalboard for my guitar rig using reclaimed wood. The main body is made from two reclaimed bed rails, which appear to be maple. The shelves are from several pieces of reclaimed plywood. I tried making a bowtie (aka butterfly or Dutchman key) for the first time, and also used David Picciuto’s splined miter jig for the first time as well.

  • Guest Interview on MakerCast, the Podcast for Makers March 4, 2016

    I recently had a great conversation with Jon Berard, the host of the MakerCast podcast. If you’re interested, take a listen to my MakerCast Interview.

    To say that Bill Van Loo is multi-talented would be underselling things. Though Bill has switched careers several times over, he is coming up on a decade of teaching. Bill works as a technology and engineering teacher at A2STEAM, a public K-8 school in Ann Arbor, MI. In his personal life, Bill is a photographer, musician, lifetime learner, and maker. This interview with Bill covers a range of topics, including:

    – STEM/STEAM programs and their role in eliminating the Skills Gap

    – Integrating different domains, especially engineering and the arts

    – Learning from failure (and being willing to fail)

    – Taking pleasure from small successes

    – The evolution of technology, education, and technology education

    – The role of community in the learning process

    MakerCast Interview with Bill Van Loo

  • VAN LOO Workshop updates: Summer/Fall 2015 October 1, 2015

    I spent a lot of time over the summer and fall, taking on a major project of tearing out an old workbench, giving my workshop’s back wall a dramatic overhaul, and building a brand new workbench from reclaimed material. Check out the 3-video series below!

  • iiE Profile: Bill Van Loo, The Maker-Educator August 18, 2015

    iiE Profiles introduce interesting people in the Institute for Innovation in Education community. The first batch were based on interviews done by students in the University of Michigan – Flint Ed Tech Professional Seminar.

    I am deeply honored to have been featured in an iiE Profile. Check it out below:

    Bill Van Loo: The Maker-Educator

  • Sign up for my MACUL workshop on March 18, 2015! January 22, 2015

    I’m delighted to announce that I will be leading a pre-conference workshop at the 2015 MACUL conference in Detroit, Michigan. My workshop, on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, is focused on documenting and sharing project-based learning.


    Full STEAM Ahead: Projects to Build and Share

    8:30 AM – 12:00 PM  –  Cobo Center
    Bill VanLoo, Teacher, Ann Arbor STEAM at Northside, Ann Arbor Public Schools

    Come make and document hands-on projects from the STEAM content areas! A special focus will be learning tools and techniques for documenting your work; options for mobile devices (Android and iOS), Web tools, and cameras will be explored in detail. Finally, you’ll discover methods for efficiently sharing your work online. Bring your favorite tool for capturing photos and videos.

  • Printrbot Simple Maker’s Edition build video January 15, 2015

    I’ve got a new build video up on YouTube! I’m showing the Printrbot Simple Maker’s Edition, a 3D printer kit my son and I put together.

  • What’s in my camera bag? January 10, 2015

    With all the cold weather here, I needed an indoor project, so here’s a look at my current camera bag of choice and my everyday carry. You can watch my review of the Amazon Basics DSLR Backpack on YouTube.

  • New build video: Building a tool tray from reclaimed pallet wood. December 30, 2014

    I’ve got a new build video posted on YouTube! In this video, I show my process of building a tool tray from reclaimed pallet wood. This project was heavily inspired by a similar project of Jimmy Diresta’s:

  • Photographic Processes Series by the George Eastman House December 29, 2014

    I spent some time this evening watching the Photographic Processes Series by the George Eastman House. This is a free series on YouTube that the George Eastman House, the educational arm of Eastman Kodak, has made available. Really fascinating stuff. The image in this post is a cyanotype by Anna Atkins, a British biologist in the 1800s.