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Maker: Papercraft & Chemistry

Papercraft & Chemistry Week of 4/20/2015 Consider this an open request for ideas using Minecraft as a vessel for making and learning new things. There is so much potential within the game itself, but the way it has captivated so many young minds is truly fascinating. We have a few young Makers in our ranks that are obsessed with the…

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Maker: Ornithology and the Art of Stamp-Making

Ornithology and the Art of Stamp-Making Week of 3/23/15 With Spring right around the corner (hopefully!), the Maker workshop began class on Tuesday by hunting for birds. Equipped with a camera, binoculars, and notepad, four intrepid explorers set out into the wilds of the arboretum in search of volant life. Our eyes and ears scanned the treetops, woodpiles, and telephone wires….

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Maker: Television Surgery

Television Surgery Week of 3/9/15 It is becoming somewhat of a trend here in the Maker Workshop for us to take apart any and everything with an electrical plug or screws. Thanks to old St. Nick, one of our parents were able to replace their TV and donate the old one for us to deconstruct. After some intense powerlifting to…

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Maker: The Great Toy Remix

The Great Toy Remix Week of 2/23/15 Before we delve into the events that took place on Thursday this week, we ought to recap Tuesday’s projects. As a preliminary activity before the main project, the group created geometric shapes with peas and carrots. At least that’s what I was expecting them to make. Maybe it was the rush of nutrients their…

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Maker: Science, Snow Days, and Spice Paints

Science, Snow Days, and Spice Paints Weeks of 2/9 & 2/16 Now that we’re in the thick of winter, it’s causing some delays, cancellations, and late Maker blogposts. I cannot control the weather but the write-ups I do apologize for. Last Tuesday, we made hovercrafts using CDs, balloons, and soda bottle caps. This was a particularly enjoyable activity for me…

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Maker: Album Art & Creating with Casein

Album Art & Creating with Casein Week of 2/2/15 On Tuesday, we took a musical direction in Maker this week. Our group began by making harmonicas together and then branching out into a variety of creative directions. Some took to making more instruments and others began creating album artwork. We ended up with a whole discography of albums from their…

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Maker: Puppetry & Pendulum Painting

Puppetry & Pendulum Painting Week of 1/19/2015 Shadow puppetry originated in China over 2000 years ago. Legend has it that one of the emperors of the Han Dynasty was mourning the death of his wife and a loyal — and creative — subject created the art to cheer him up. Tuesday’s Maker workshop aimed to recreate some of these impressive…

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Maker: Sculpting and Screen Printing

Sculpting and Screen Printing Week of 1/12/15 Neither the sculpting nor the “screen printing” were done in conventional ways at the Maker Workshop. Typically clay and ink are the mediums associated with these two activities but we did our best to ward off normalcy of any kind. On Tuesday, we sculpted. Using tin foil and multi-colored panels as a base, we…

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Maker: Welcome Back!

Welcome Back! Week of 1/5/15 After what was a lovely and relaxing winter break I am excited for the start of a new “semester.” I have been busy planning the upcoming month’s projects for our Maker group and with the help of several generous donations, things are underway. This week we constructed catapults out of craft sticks, rubber bands, and…

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Maker: Stop Motion Animation & Magnetic Slime

Stop Motion Animation & Magnetic Slime Week of 12/1/2014 Tuesday’s class was all about animating. E, F, J, and G used legos and clay to create individual animated shorts. Some took it one step further and compiled their scenes into a short film with sound and transitional slides. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the shows!     Then on Thursday the…

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