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29
July
2013

Conductive Paintings (Maker Programs)

Today in the Gadgets Cafe we played with conductive paint! We let the guests paint with acrylic paints and then helped them use conductive paint to connect a battery to an LED. This process took much longer than we had anticipated as we learned that you need to let the conductive paint dry for it to work best.
Photo of weekend Maker Programs.
29
July
2013

Fun Weekend in Maker Programs

This weekend Leanna and I did stitch projects! We made light up patches! Kids could make whatever they wanted that would light up and then attach to a bag, shirt or whatever they wanted. people really seemed to enjoy the creative aspect and learn a lot about circuit work in the process.  Our second day we sewed pillows! We were nervous that people wouldn't like it, but it ended up being a huge hit!
Photo of weekend Maker Programs.
29
July
2013

Sewing is a Great Skill to Have! (Maker Programs)

Today was awesome! We had guests sew pillows/plushies. I was worried that people weren't going to have any fun with it since we didn't have an electronic aspect or something that blinked or lit up. Turns out a lot of people enjoy making pillows! Adults and kids alike were having fun.
Photo from plushie Maker Program.
26
July
2013

Light-Up Patches in Maker Programs

Today we made Light-up patches! We had a great turnout of 26 people and everyone seemed to be having a good time. I was helping very young kids try to understand how a battery works, we talked about what an LED is and what LED stands for, and the kid that I spent the most time talking with about this seemed to understand it pretty well! (He might have been 7 or 8 years old) The adults seemed to enjoy the project too.
Making light-up patches in Maker Programs.
23
July
2013

Squishy Circuits

Today we had low attendance! I sat and worked with only about 8 kids total, but it was still fun. We made squishy circuits. I had them pick out their favorite color of play-doh and we molded it into a creation that we could light up with LEDs. The kids were all very impressed with this and even more excited that they got to take everything home with them.
Photo of squishy circuits Maker program.
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