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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...
04
July
2013

The Elements of July 4th

Ah, holidays! There's nothing like them. With every occasion there is plenty of food, loved ones and just an overall good time. Though they're all special in their own right, what makes the 4th of July particularly fun are the roars, booms and flashing lights of fireworks....
Photo of fireworks.
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.
29
June
2013

Second Day of Maker Corps

This was the second day of our Maker Corps project here at COSI, and I have to say, it was great! Again! :) We made Artbots, which are robots that make art....
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