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Musical instruments with the MaKey MaKey

Posted by in Teaching on Jul 06, 2014 | 1 Comment

Over the past week or so, the other Maker Corps Mentors and I have been facilitating a DIY musical instrument activity at the Omaha Children’s Museum’s Maker-Space. We ask the kids to think of an instrument that they would want to play (real or not), then help them construct them out of cardboard and aluminum […]

DIY office supply catapult workshop

Posted by in Teaching on Jul 02, 2014 | No Comments

Last week I facilitated a day-long activity at the Omaha Children’s Museum’s Maker-Space in which kids got to figure out how to build their own catapults using sticks, tape and rubber bands! I provided a picture of a basic model to work from, as well as two examples that I built for them to study, […]

Maker Faire: Kansas City 2014

Posted by in General on Jul 01, 2014 | No Comments

Last weekend I made a last-minute trip to Kansas City for their 4th annual Maker Faire and brought back lots of pictures and videos to share! While there I got to check out every booth and have great conversations with new Makers, as well as friends from last year. All around a very inspiring and […]

Popsicle sticks + tape and marble run activities

Posted by in Art, Teaching on Jun 22, 2014 | No Comments

A couple weeks ago we set out a few buckets of popsicle sticks and a pile of masking tape and let the kids try to make interesting structures, and we were very happily surprised with just how far it went! You might think that using just two ingredients would get boring and limiting really quickly, […]

Maker-Space outreach to McMillan Magnet Center

Posted by in Teaching on Jun 19, 2014 | No Comments

Through my job as a Maker Corps Mentor with the Omaha Children’s Museum, sometimes the opportunity arises to do some outreach to local schools and organizations. Recently, McMillan Magnet Center requested that our Maker-Space come out and do a workshop for three groups of students. We brought with us a pile of materials and taught […]

Loom-a-room: turning the Maker-Space at the Omaha Children’s Museum into a loom!

Posted by in Art on Jun 15, 2014 | No Comments

A couple weeks ago we turned the entire Maker-Space at the Omaha Children’s Museum into a gigantic loom, letting kids wrap string all over our space to create a beautiful 3D structure! We kept the activity going for an entire week, and were delighted by just how far things went. Construction begins We began on […]

Training week at the Omaha Children’s Museum

Posted by in Teaching on Jun 07, 2014 | No Comments

Last week my fellow Maker Corps Mentors and I got to experience all of the different regular activities that go on at the Omaha Children’s Museum’s Makerspace, and started learning how to work effectively with the guests that come through. Tuesday: wire automata On Tuesday, we began by learning about wire automata and taught kids […]

Maker Corps initiation: moving to Omaha and getting the feet wet

Posted by in Teaching on May 17, 2014 | No Comments

Last Thursday I started my new job as a Maker Corps Mentor at the Omaha Children’s Museum, and it looks like I’ll be in for quite the ride this summer! From day one I was greeted by a flurry of activity and talented people, which will no doubt only intensify as the experience develops. My […]

Joining the Omaha Children’s Museum as a Maker Corps Mentor!

Posted by in Teaching on May 05, 2014 | 1 Comment

I’m excited to share that I have been hired on at the Omaha Children’s Museum to act as a Maker Corps Mentor for the summer (and possibly beyond)! Starting on May 15th I will be designing, teaching and documenting new Maker-related activities and experiences for children and staff at the Museum, essentially getting paid to […]

Exhibiting STEAM projects at Nebraska Science Festival 2014

Posted by in 3D printing, Art, Teaching on Apr 29, 2014 | No Comments

On April 25th-26th I went up to the Durham Museum in Omaha to show some of my work and talk to kids and families about STEAM and Making. I brought lots of fun projects with me and was greeted by a very enthusiastic and fun crowd each day. For events like this I usually bring […]