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We, Rurik Nackerud, Liz Leff and I, are at NJECC today offering a workshop on bringing Making to Younger students. We offered 3 activities: Simple wiring, Chinese (Paper) Lanterns and Cardboard Community. Explore the website for more design and maker resources and lessons.

While 3D printing is all the rage at our school, cutting with vinyl tends to be a major precursor and epic workhorse in the design space. We own a USCutter SC Series vinyl cutter. It has some basic features as well as a one-year warranty from the manufacturer. This is…

Make a lantern for Chinese New Year Supplies: Colored paper (construction paper or gift wrapping) Scissors Glue, tape, or a stapler Instructions: Fold a rectangular piece of paper in half, making a long, thin rectangle. Make a series of cuts (about a dozen or more) along the fold line. Don’t…

Loved the paper bags? Check out how to do this yourself! Cooper Hewitt put together this lovely activity and has the resources to support your planning. Check out their webpage and other links! Lesson: Paper Bag Design Challenge Video: Introductory Video Cooper Hewitt: Main Website

OPTICAL ILLUSIONS I know, it’s not exactly an experiment, but illusions are still cool. Designing illusions is even more fun! Use these prompts, found in multiple places online, to drive a conversation and eventual design of optical illusions! Illusions are images that use your EYES to confuse your BRAIN Take…

The Makey Makey is pretty well known in maker circles. My use has been limited to creating new ways for students to create interfaces on computers but there are new implementations that include the use of Little Bits and other tools. The Makey Makey Go is tiny and I keep…

Interested in taking Scratch to your reality? Maybe add a crafting component? Check out the PicoBoard by Picocricket. This board lets you use Scratch to create projects that can sense and respond to things in the world – outside the computer. Definitely fun to try! There is a robust little…