May is the American Library Association Mystery Month, so I decided to feature some fantastic children’s mystery books as part of my Maker Monday activities. For each book, I created a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) building challenges. Participants each got a bag filled with specific building materials, commonplace items you’d find at a library, to complete the challenge.
Use the mico:bit in combination with SparkFun sensors to monitor the health of your hydroponics planter.
Use a disposable water bottle to create an upcycled hydroponics planter. This is a fun, easy, inexpensive way to grow greens, herbs, flowers and more indoors or start garden seedlings before the season. It’s a great project for schools and camps.
You may have heard that NJ and surrounding got a bit of snow recently. Since I’m a make lemonade kind of gal, I knew this meant we had an opportunity! Time to play with snow Mythbusters style.
We’ve all been there: The third, fourth, or fifth (!) snow day of the winter, and you’re just out of ideas. If you bake one more cookie or pull out the watercolors again you might just lose your mind. Maybe you should just let them watch TV or play video games and call it done, right?
Thought it’d be fun to mix nature sounds to create soundscapes for Maker Camp. So I used Adafruit’s NeoTrellis to mix up to 8 sounds and speed up or slow down the tempo.
Playing with the Adafruit Neotrellis. Got the idea to create a sound effect board for Maker Camp so that even if I have no access to The Great Outdoors we can still pretend. All sound files are public domain from our National Park Service.
Looking for more fun, educational posts? Follow my Makerspace @ Warren County Library Blog on SeeSaw where I share what I’m doing at the Southwest Branch of the Warren County Library. It’s a combination of projects, presentation notes and posts by makers and patrons. It’s just getting started, but there are already introductions to 3D…
Get out of the school or library! Bring making to the masses by finding untraditional places to introduce kids and adults to the Maker Mindset. I’ve been bringing maker activities to Farmer’s Market, the local community pool and anywhere else I can for years. You can too.
Round up of Sunday’s World Maker Faire 2018.