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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 Exploratorium: Reflecting and Planning For the New Year

Talking Stick Learning Center’s homeschool Maker Exploratorium had a wonderful end to 2014, filled with international intrigue, baking, collaborative games, and of course, art and making. We continue to enjoy our participation in the IEARN community (International Education and Resource Network). As part of their IEARN Global Food Challenge and in celebration of Thanksgiving week, we spent November 25th making…

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Maker Exploratorium Goes International

Do you know what the favorite breakfast food is for young people in Mojo, Spain?  Toast with olive oil, tomatoes, cheese, and meat. How about a  favorite lunch in Pakistan?  Beson ki roti (flat bread), Chappli Kabab (beef and spices), sweet rice, and  lassi (yogurt based drink).  Do you  know what they serve for lunch at the Syuejia Elementary School…

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Maker: Destruction/Creation

Destruction/Creation Week of 11/3/2014 Thanks to many generous donations from parents, in Maker this week we were able to deconstruct several appliances and electronic devices. Using a basic tool kit, we pried, pulled, screwed, and sometimes yanked apart these everyday items to see what makes them tick…and to make something else tick. This is one of my favorite activities in…

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Maker: …is so Commercial

…is so Commercial Week of 10/25/2014 I made a video for one of my graduate classes last week and had so much fun using iMovie. Which got me to thinking that it could be put to use in our Maker Workshop as well. Often times we are making something tangible but this week we went for the intangible with an…

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Maker: Outside of the Workshop

Outside of the Workshop Week of 10/13/2014 The Maker activities this week were complimented by unforeseen projects taking place outdoors. As is often the case, our expectations for these naturally occurring Maker projects were overwhelmingly met and exceeded. Enjoy the photos from this week and leave a comment below! F enlisted B to help him construct a bridge across one…

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Maker Exploratorium: Ideas, Inspiration, and Symbiotic Learning

Ideas, Inspiration, and Symbiotic Learning September 30 and October 7, 2014 In the Talking Stick Maker Exploratorium homeschool program, we are investigating what makes us tick. We are exploring our own learning styles, hearing about what works for others, and imagining ways to overcome potential obstacles to our project-based learning. I love the internet and am fascinated by how I…

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