On Saturday, September 28 my family and I traveled out to the 6th Annual Buffalo Mini Maker Faire (BMMF) at The Park School of Buffalo. After many years of attending Maker Faire NYC, we decided it was time to get out and see other Faires and broaden our horizons. So we hit the road from…
A simple, fun bristlebot for Halloween! Great for an introductory project in classrooms or makerspaces.
Since so many of my patrons love astronomy, astronauts and space in general, I love to customize my programs for World Space Week. This year I drafted a list of computer programming challenges for my Coding Club. Featuring space themes, these activities are all self-led tutorials. I’ve included projects for all ages and experience levels.
Note: Detailed instructions for this project were published on Make on November 15, 2015. Please see “Cut and Fold a Pop-Up Snowflake Greeting Card.” Like most self-respecting nerds, I love fractals. So what better way to celebrate winter than creating a fun card based on the famous Koch Snowflake (also known as the Koch star…
After I made the last fractal Christmas card, my daughter pointed out that it also looked a lot of like a pile of presents. (Kids!) So I decided to play with that idea a bit. I selected a set of coordinating scrapbook papers and cut the inside of the card just as I did last…
Use the Adafruit NeoTrellis M4 to control your computer and interact with a Scratch 16-Beat Sequencer. Have fun mixing your own beats and remixing the Scratch code.
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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.