DIY electronics projects for college students

If you like to tinker with do-it-yourself projects then you might be a member of the maker movement. This community of electronics aficionados takes pleasure in various DIY electronics projects that are created from simple electronics circuits. Some of the electronics maker projects include robots, wireless cameras, toys and 3-D printing.

It's easier than you think to come up with DIY electronics projects. (Credit: MemeGen)

It’s easier than you think to come up with DIY electronics projects. (Credit: MemeGen)

Tools that were created specifically to help college students learn how to use electronics include Arduino software and the Raspberry Pi single-board computer. Let’s take a look at how you can get started with your DIY electronics projects. Read more

Congratulations 2015 Alternative Spring Break Contest Winners!

Last month we began a search for a group of students, who were willing to spend their spring break serving those in need. Students who were looking to utilize their leadership skills to make an impact in the community for our annual CengageBrain Alternative Spring Break Contest.

Winners of the 2015 Alternative Spring Break Contest by CengageBrain. (Credit: AB Damar)

Winners of the 2015 Alternative Spring Break Contest by CengageBrain. (Credit: AB Damar)

Our search has ended with immense success! We at CengageBrain are proud to announce that the Alternative Breaks Damar group at the University of California, San Diego have been awarded the 2015 CengageBrain Leadership in Service Award. Joie Fan, Zenas Singh, Xuyao (Sunny) Jiang, Alma Montenegro and Connie Ruan will receive $2,500 towards funding their alternative spring break project. Read more

Change your style—DIY fashion makeover for men and women

Ready to change your style? Whether you are simply in desperate need of a fashion makeover, or are just tired of your old look, giving yourself a DIY reboot in terms of clothes, hair and makeup is easier than you may think.

Refresh your image with a DIY fashion makeover. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Refresh your image with a DIY fashion makeover. (Credit: QuickMeme)

For men and women, here are some ideas to help you refresh your image. Read more

New rules from the FCC on net neutrality

The issue of net neutrality has garnered a lot of media attention lately as the FCC has been determining what the new rules will be. Open access to the Internet has become an accepted fact of life, but some had wanted to change that, allowing certain companies to charge more to use their content or to get it faster.

Learn about the new rules on net neutrality. (Credit: Rife Mob)

Learn about the new rules on net neutrality. (Credit: Rife Mob)

Here are some things you need to know about net neutrality and the new rules issued by the FCC. Read more

Top 10 ways you can tell spring is coming

If you haven’t been hibernating all winter, you’ve likely experienced some of the polar vortex, ice storms, freezing rain, record-breaking snow falls, that Mother Nature has thrown our way.

And chances are, you’re more than ready for warmer days. Here are the top 10 ways you can tell spring is coming, you know, to keep your hopes alive that winter will soon be over. Read more

Last call! Vote now in the CengageBrain Alternative Spring Break Contest!

Want to help a group of college students make their dreams come true? Now is the time to do it! Time is running out for you to vote for your favorite service project in the Alternative Spring Break Contest.

Many college students submitted service project ideas with the opportunity to win up to $2,500 to help fund their Alternative Spring Break project. Read more

DIY apartment makeover for college students

I’ve rented enough apartments and flats to know that if it’s not yours to own, you can’t — and don’t want to — put too much money into improving it. But, there are some ways that you can update that space without too much fuss.

Spruce up your apartment with a mini makeover. (Credit: DIY Homegirl)

Spruce up your apartment with a mini makeover. (Credit: DIY Homegirl)

Read on for some DIY apartment makeover tips that even those with the least experience can handle! Read more

DIY skin care — Make your own homemade beauty products

Are you interested in homemade beauty products because you haven’t gotten the results you want from store-bought options? Maybe you just like to make your own things?

Learn the do's and don'ts of proper skin care maintenance. (Credit: Memebase)

Learn the do’s and don’ts of proper skin care maintenance. (Credit: Memebase)

Or perhaps you are seeking great skin but haven’t had any luck with what is in your medicine cabinet. There are some DIY skin care items that you can make that will give you results. Read more

7 do-it-yourself dorm room essentials

There are many cool items college students need and want for their dorm room.

Find exactly what you need for your dorm room here. (Credit: Michigan Daily)

Find exactly what you need for your dorm room here. (Credit: Michigan Daily)

Here are some college tips for a few of the inexpensive essentials for a fun, safe and clean dorm, many of which are do-it-yourself for less money. Read more

Vaccinations on campus: What college students need to know

Everywhere you look you can hear someone debating the issue of vaccinations. The latest discussion surrounds the measles outbreak that started at the California Disneyland in December of last year.

There are many things you should know about vaccinations. (Credit: QuickMeme)

There are many things you should know about vaccinations. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Besides the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine, there are a number of other vaccinations that, if administered appropriately, could keep you and your roommates safe and healthy. Here’s what college students need to know about vaccinations on campus. Read more