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Hands-On Programs for Kids, Teens, and Educators

Learn about scientific concepts and cutting-edge research
with fun, challenging projects made from everyday stuff!

  • Programs for kids ages 7-11 and teens ages 12-16
  • Professional development for teachers and librarians
  • Workshops run 90 minutes and can take up to 25 participants/15 for teens
  • All materials and tools are provided (except recycled paper goods and computers)
  • Best of all, kids keep their individual projects to continue their exploration at school, the library, or at home!
WobbleBot Girls

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New! Musical Inventions ** 2018 Libraries Rock! Summer Program **
Musical Inventions Explore the Science of Musical Instruments!

Ages 7 and up

• Paper Poppers and Straw Oboes

• Balloon Drums

• Singing Bowls

 

Straw Oboe

Explore the physics of sound using homemade musical instruments and devices!

Kids can try out a variety of unusual musical gadgets such as balloon-top drums, toolbox xylophones, circuit bent musical greeting cards, and DIY theremins, then design and make a project of their own to take home.

Ages 10 and up

• Paint Stirrer Bullroarers

• Wooden Thumb Pianos

• Cardboard Record Players

Thumb Piano
Pickle-O

Teens (ages 12 and up)

• DIY Audio Speakers and Mics

• Electronic Music Board
with Makey Makey and Scratch (computers required)

Copper Foil Audio Speaker
Just Released! Fabric and Fiber Inventions
Learn New and Traditional Textile Arts!

Tweens 10 and up

• Create Stuffed Sock Creatures (Learn-to-Sew or No-Sew)

• Make Weavings on Your Own Cardboard Loom

• Construct Tube Knitters and Make Versatile I-cord (Wooden or Cardboard)

• Print Simple Silkscreen Wall Hangings or T-Shirts

Sock Creature

Kathy Ceceri's newest book
introduces tweens, teens, and adult beginners to the basics of sewing and fiber arts.

Learn to create wearables, playthings,
and decorative items using traditional techniques, or explore electronic circuits
and sensors with simple e-textile projects.

Every participant will get to make a project to take home.

Teens (ages 12 and up)

• Sew light-up felt keychains or stuffies using DIY sensors and components

• Weave personal audio speakers from yarn and conductive fiber

Cat Tilt Fob
Paper Inventions

Paper Inventions

Projects that Teach Math, Engineering, and More!

Geodesic Dome Clubhouse
Paper engineering using recycled newspaper

Library GeoDome

Light-Up Paper Circuits
Make creations featuring DIY electrical circuits, switches, and sensors

Pressure Sensor

Paper isn't just for writing!

Learn how paper is used for everything from household decorations to building material to self-folding origami robots!

Fun, easy-to-do projects will encourage kids to continue exploring and creating on their own.

Programs for ages 10 and up

Paper Math Projects
Origami Robots, Mysterious Mobius Strips, Foldable Fractals, and Fun Hexaflexagons

Paper Math

Paper Art
Create rolled quilling designs and recycled magazine bracelets

Quilling Sampler

Amazing Robotics Projects

Choose a project from Robotics or Making Simple Robots like these...

Robotics book

Making Simple Robots

Make Real Working Robot Prototypes from Everyday Stuff!

Motorized ArtBots
Create drawings with a "smart body" robot

ArtBot

Gravity-Powered Robot Walkers
Born in the lab, inspired by nature

Robot Walker

Robot Hands
Bendable cardboard models that work just like real 3D printed prosthetics for kids

Robot Hand

Solar WobbleBots -- For Teens!
Reuse old electronics to make a solar-powered robot with a programmable body

WobbleBot Boys

Video Game Design and Coding

Programs for older kids and teens based on Video Games: Design and Code Your Own AdventureVideo Games Book

Use Games to Make the World a Better Place!

Invent a Game for Good

How do games keep players interested and excited? Use real game development techniques to help players help themselves and their world.

Games for Good

Build Assistive
Game Controllers

Design and prototype game controllers for players who are differently-abled using Makey Makey and program them with free Scratch programming!
(2-4 computers are required.)

Makey Makey Sports Game
Edible Inventions
Edible Inventions Cook Up Some Kitchen Chemistry or Backyard Science

Try crazy Molecular Cuisine recipes using gels and foams, learn the history of butter making machines, build a solar oven, or make instant Dry Ice Sorbet!

ButterBot

Fizzy Lemonad
Professional Development Workshops for Educators
No Matter What Your Budget or Background,
You Can Help Kids Become Inventors and Makers!
  • Learn easy low tech/no tech projects you can do right now
  • Get advice about which tools and kits are worth the investment
  • Workshops and consulting available

Whether you're planning a dedicated Makerspace or a portable Maker program,
you can introduce kids of any age and interest to
science and engineering concepts.

Thinking of hosting a Mini Maker Faire? I can share my experience as organizer and exhibitor!

**Kathy's Recommended Makerspace Resources**

Games in Ed 2017
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