This week I was glad I got to attend the New Jersey Educational Computing Cooperative (NJECC) 34th Annual Statewide Educational Technology Conference hosted at Montclair University. It was my first time at the conference, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I had a really great day.
I can admit it. I have a mild obsession with paper snowflakes. I always have. As a kid, I would spend a lot of time and a lot of paper carefully cutting them out each winter. To be honest, was always disappointed with the results.
In September of 2017, I gave a talk on the NYC Maker Faire education stage and shared my experiences about Maker Camp. Afterward, a gentleman approached me and said, “You really love what you do. It shows. Have you ever thought about writing a book?”
This year I was very excited to be invited to participate in Aaron Maurer’s 25 Days of Making on his fantastic Coffee for the Brain site. The idea was to feature at least twenty-five different STEM, STEAM and maker projects by different educators from all over the globe so that teachers could use the projects with their students.
This is the story of a bird feeder. In a public library Makerspace just before Christmas, I never really know if I’ll have a gaggle of kids show up to make use of Legos or empty classes as folks rush to get ready for the holidays. You learn to be ready for anything.
Transform an inexpensive foam pumpkin into a light-up monster for Halloween! This fun spin on a jack-o-lantern has lots of space for individuality as kids (and adults) create their own crazy pumpkin. And the best part? It lights up to make a spooky decoration for the season. Supplies: A small foam pumpkin (solid or hollow)…
Make a simple light-up ghost using a ping pong ball, an LED, and craft supplies. It’s a great, inexpensive Halloween craft for classrooms, clubs, and makerspaces. In addition to being a fun and creative project, it teaches the basics of how a circuit work as well. Supplies: 5mm LED, any color 3v coin cell battery…
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.
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.