Creating Makerspaces in Schools Two weekends ago, I attended EdCamp NYC at The School at Columbia, an independent school on Manhattan's Upper West Side. One of the things I love about attending edcamps is that the day is always unpredictable because you don't know what will be discussed or who will be leading conversations until that morning. What ensued was an inspiring day focused on tinkering, exploration and innovation. A Day of Play and Exploration The day began with a discussion led by Don Buckley, The School's Director of Technology and Innovation, focused on design thinking in schools. Wind Power: Creating a Wind Generator The lesson presented here focuses on the engineering design process and its use in identifying a question (solving a problem), developing a design or change in design, testing that design, observing and collecting data, analyzing the data recorded from the experiment, and forming a conclusion to perform another round of design. In this case, we are attempting to maximize the voltage obtained from a wind-driven turbine through the use of several experimental designs. You may want to review the following multimedia presentations to learn more about STEM and the engineering design process. What is STEM Education What is Engineering
Explore, Play, Discover: Websites, Activities & More Search form Search Low-cost, teacher-tested activities for the classroom and the curious. Science of Cooking • Explore the science behind food and cooking with recipes, activities, and Webcasts.PreviousNext Explore, Play, Discover: Websites, Activities, and More AHS Makerspace (We are located in Brisbane, Australia, so have some preference for buying nearer home. These are sellers we have used or are considering. Please comment if you find other good sources.)
Soil moisture-sensing by hacking a solar light Contributors: Sarah Al-Mutlaq Share Use this URL to share: Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Google+ In this tutorial, we are going to take a simple solar powered pathway light from a department store and rewire it to be a soil moisture sensor. Category: Arduino My older son recently started school and needed his own desk for doing homework. I wanted to make something nicer than a simple tabletop with legs, and realized that I could also build in a bit of fun for when the homework is finished. Both my boys and I still had space travel on our minds from our summer trip to Kennedy Space Center. For this desk project, I decided to go with a NASA theme. I researched the Apollo Program as well as NASA's Mission Control Center, and designed my own console roughly based on those.
BarePaint - Greeting Card Kit - COM-11522 Description: Replacement: None. We are no longer carrying this conductive paint kit in our catalog. This page is for reference only. Bare Paint is the first non-toxic electrically conductive paint available to consumers today! This unique child-friendly material is designed for people of all ages to explore and learn about electronics with an inclusive, easy-to-use material. Soda Bottle Rocket LED Fireworks Originating in China, fireworks have been around since before the 16th Century and have been making people look to the night sky with delight. Firework formulas are closely guarded secrets handed down from generation to generation and the overall concept has not changed much over the centuries. Mix chemicals compounds, place them in a delivery device, light a fuse, and watch the fun. That was until now of course. At Soldering Sunday we wondered if we could use LEDs to create a firework display?
Fun circuits with conductive paint This instructable will show you how to make simple fun electronic circuits. However my objective here is mostly to demonstrate how kids can have fun making and learning about electronics at the same time. I will be using a new product from a company called Bare Conductive that have recently released conductive paint that dries and forms circuits. The potential of this product is huge as you can use it on paper, card, clothing etc. Card is the easiest material to use because you can push components through. Chibitronics – Mashing Craft and Electronics in an exciting Maker Opportunity For those who are fans of Manga or Anime, the term Chibi will be familiar as one used to describe super cute figures, usually with tiny bodies and huge heads. Chibi also is a Japanese slang term for tiny. Whether it is their tiny size or the super cute things you can create,the name ‘Chibitronics’ was a great choice of inventor, Jie Qi,. Chibitronics combine tiny sensors and electronic circuits with stickers, making it possible for anyone with imagination and some time to create interactive designs. Chibitronics are an exciting addition to a Makerspace.
Milk Jug Rocket Launcher Make: Projects Milk Jug Rocket Launcher Share this: Email Sounding Box #11: a littleBits Project by Caselden_Studios Make a sound box:Design a resonating wooden chamber. We took design influence from traditional Western stringed instruments (guitar, violin, cello). A big wooden box, called a "sound box", works as a natural amplifier. As the strings across the top of the box vibrate, their energy will travel down into the box. Because the box is so big, it will push a lot of air, making the entire sculpture louder.