Scrapbooking!

Scrapbooking!

On Saturday, May 6, National Scrapbooking Day, a group of us got together to learn about scrapbooking from Joy Mendez. We talked about types of scrapbooks, layouts, materials, and where to begin, and then had lots of hands-on time to create. We were lucky to have access to a wide variety of beautiful materials that Read more about Scrapbooking![…]

Kids Maker Day

Kids Maker Day

On March 27, local grade K-4 students gathered at the Portal Library for a Maker Day. We started with a challenge to design and build a structure using toothpicks and mini-marshmallows. After that students made their own books. Topics included spring, the seasons, weather, and cooking. Students’ favorite activity was the photo challenges and digital photography. Below Read more about Kids Maker Day[…]

Contraptions!

Contraptions!

As a part of the March 9 Maker Day at Animas Public School, grade 3-5 students made Rube Goldberg-style contraptions incorporating simple machines. As was done in other parts of the day, we emphasized the design process with planning, building, and iterating. Students began by working in small groups to design what they planned to Read more about Contraptions![…]

Unbirthday cards

Unbirthday cards

On March 9, grade K-2 students were invited to make “un-birthday” cards. These cards could be addressed to anyone who wasn’t having a birthday. Students made cards for family members and friends. One of their favorite parts was using the Washi craft tape. Materials to make greeting cards and other paper crafts are available in Read more about Unbirthday cards[…]

Marshmallow design challenge

Marshmallow design challenge

On March 9, we conducted a Maker Day with Animas Public School students in grades K-5. The morning was spent with grade K-2 students. We began with a new marshmallow construction challenge. This one would involve small groups building towers with mini-marshmallows and toothpicks. Before beginning, we talked about the design process and how real-world Read more about Marshmallow design challenge[…]