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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.
22
July
2013

Maker Programs in Big Kidlab Today

Today was great! I had the most attendance that I've ever had in LKS. At least 20 kids! We made a few paper flashlights but mostly made origami/paper animal puppets that light up. The kids were being very creative and having fun.
Photo of Maker program in Big Kidlab.
22
July
2013

Playdough Game Controllers and 3D Printing!

Finishing out this weekend of design! Nathaniel and I did 3D printing on Saturday and paper video game controllers on Sunday! A lot of people were drawn to the 3D printing because its such a cool, up and coming technology that's continually gaining momentum. A lot of parents had heard about it and were really excited to explain how it worked to the kids. Unfortunately it was down during our actual workshop but luckily Nathaniel had printed out some rocket ships to give to kids that came to the workshop.
Photo from weekend Maker programs.
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