Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects: Build, Invent, Create, Discover

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Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects: Build, Invent, Create, Discover
Maker Projects
Image by Vernon Barford School Library
AUTHOR: Jack Challoner


Requiring only household materials, makers can build an exploding volcano, make bath fizzies, construct a solar system, make an eggshell geode, and more. Maker Lab will help kids find their inner inventor to impress friends, family, and teachers and create winning projects for science fairs and school projects.

ReMake Education Summit
Maker Projects
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A couple hundred makers and teachers gathered at the ReMake Education Summit, held August 3 – 5, 2016, at Studio 180 in Santa Rosa, CA. I went there with my associate Sarah Brewer, who is helping me teach our maker art classes this fall. It was a great way to connect with other educators and learn from each other.

The conference started with a few short speeches by co-host Dan Blake, Doug Dougherty and others. We then made simple objects together, such as a ReMake T-shirt made with vinyl-printed designs heat-pressed onto the cloth.

The morning keynotes were inspiring, as presenters shared their experiences as maker educators. They taught at different levels, from pre-K to higher ed, yet they all observed that activities that are hands-on, project-based, student-driven and collaborative can help students find a sense of purpose — and give them the confidence that they can change the world.

We spent the rest of the day joining a variety of breakout sessions ranging from crowdsourcing your makerspace, to learning how to program a Raspberry Pi, control animated robots or how to assess the impact of maker education on young learners.

I gave a talk about our Maker Art classes, which combine art, tech and storytelling for young learners. I showed videos and photos of our recent Wonderbox and City of the Future courses, and how they help students develop their creative, technical and social skills in a playful way.

Many thanks to the team at ReMake and 180 Studios for organizing this fine gathering. They did a great job connecting teachers and resources. It was great way to share best practices, brainstorm new ideas, and start new collaborations. Well worth the trip!

Learn more about ReMake Education:

Here are the slides of my Maker Art talk:

Learn more about Tam Makers, our new makerspace in Mill Valley:

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