Up-cycled T-Shirt Shag Rug Make!

This week for my final 10-minute mini-demonstration, I chose to make shag rug using “up-cycled” t-shirts. While my first Dish Sponge Motor Boat presentation emphasized the science and engineering aspects of STEM, I wanted to chose a project that focused more so on the arts and crafts side of the maker education movement. Also, I…

Online Maker Resources!

I wanted to share a great online resource for anyone interested in making. The Twitter feed #MakerEdSpace includes tweets from leaders in the maker community as well as enthusiasts ¬†sharing their own maker creations. Included in this Twitter feed is helpful information on how to outfit your own makerspace, tips and suggestions for new, innovative…

All in one

Paper dinos This post is about one of my former students, Lisa Glover, who one day got the idea to make a dinosaur costume for Halloween out of cardboard. Her costume was so popular that she decided to get on Kickstarter and start a business making cardboard or paper creatures. I have been following her…

Maker Kits

Someone recently introduced me to Kiwi Crate, Inc. (http://www.kiwicrate.com/), which allows you to subscribe to monthly maker kits (called crates) that are categorized by age group. “Cricket Crate” is designed for ages 0-2, “Koala Crate” for ages 3-4, “Kiwi Crate” for ages 5-8, and “Doodle Crate” & “Tinker Crate” for ages 9-16. In class, we…

Reflection on Final Makes

Tonight we took part in the first three Final Makes for the semester. Shayla taught the class how to make jewelry, including bangles and beads, out of polymer clay, Marie demonstrated how to make hot wire foam cutters, and Jen walked us through the grid method, a technique commonly used in drawing and painting. Not…

Polymer Clay Final Make

Hi Allison, I wanted to be sure my paper was uploaded somewhere for you to access since it is too large for email! Shayla final-make-paper