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10
July
2013

Paper Flashlights in the Maker Corp Program

Today was great! We made paper flashlights. There were so many great teachable moments, I feel like the kids learned a lot. There was about 30 mins where I only had two girls working on them with me and they were very attentive and asking me lots of questions. We ended up talking about all kinds of science topics and they loved talking about static electricity and the scientific method.
Photo of Leanna with her flashlight.
08
July
2013

Maker Programs are Sew Much Fun!

Finishing out our weekend of stitch Nathaniel and I really got into sewing. This week we were trying to keep the focus on sewing skills since its not just a good skill in general, but a great skill for makers especially. On Saturday we made light up animals using LEDs and coin batteries. We used conductive thread to act as wire to connect the circuit. The thread is a pretty cool product because it can be sewn in like any other thread. Nathaniel was even able to make a "soft button" for his creature. Sewing is one of my favorite Maker activities so it was fun to give it a twist and and ad the lights, its what the Maker community calls "E-Textiles". The e-textile animals where a pretty big hit, everyone adults and kids loved making them!
06
July
2013

1st Week at COSI – 3D Printing Adventures (and Breakdowns)

This has been my first week on the floor of COSI for the Maker Corps. It seems like it has flown by and a lot of kids have learned about Artbots (moving robots that make art) and 3D printing and 3D modeling. I am amazed by all the kids that just come into an activity and really understand the ins and outs of how something works.

On Monday, we made Artbots out of foam pool noodles that you can pick up from the dollar store. These are a great base for any robotics project because they are flexible, will not break if dropped, and kids already understand the material and how to it works. After a little bit of work making battery holders and attaching a button to their motors to create the vibrating motion for their bots, the kids set them moving across a big sheet of paper which is now hanging in the BigKidLab at COSI...
Image of 3D printer printing an elephant.
06
July
2013

Stitch Themed Light Up Puppets

Maker Corps Project

Nathaniel and I kicked off week 2 of Maker Corps with Stitch themed Light up Puppets! For this project guests made felt puppets on popsicle sticks and attached light up features using LEDs and batteries...
30
June
2013

Day Three is All About Crayon Art

Today we made Crayon Art! We melted crayons with a hairdryer onto a piece of paper for a melted art creation! Everyone definitely seemed to enjoy it, although it was a slow-going process, and kids were learning about patience.
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