Cooperative mini arcade.

Cooperative mini arcade.

The kids worked so well together on a balanced arcade environment.

Cornell Mini Carnival

Cornell Mini Carnival

Maker flash mobs are sure to break open young imaginations. Thank you so much, Emily, Louise, Suzi, the teachers and kids of Cornell's 4th graders. That was entirely rad.

Re-use merry go round.

Re-use merry go round.

Great build, team.

Drawing with Jentle

Drawing with Jentle

We drew, hard, for almost 2 hours.

Smash Lab; beauty in destruction

Smash Lab; beauty in destruction

We spend so much time making, and it's glorious. But sometimes we all need to SMASH.

This is our goal.

This is our goal.

This is what I brought to help.

This is what I brought to help.

I brought these, too, in case...

I brought these, too, in case...

Robot arms!

Robot arms!

Did you know you could make such a thing? Well, now you do.

Cornell Cardboard Pacman

Cornell Cardboard Pacman

Great build!

Don't like the toy?

Don't like the toy?

Then CHANGE the toy!!

Laser cutting

Laser cutting

We design and adapt and decide and manufacture and finish.

Laser cutting

Laser cutting

Bring a dream or a design. Make something awesome.

Kite making

Kite making

Kite flying

Kite flying

Cardboard Palace

Cardboard Palace

Box rivets are the bomb.

Hackwarts Brooms

Hackwarts Brooms

Lesson designed by Samantha.

Cornell Carnival Wire Acrobats

Cornell Carnival Wire Acrobats

Lesson designed by Louise.

Hackwarts Care of Magical Creatures

Hackwarts Care of Magical Creatures

Let's make pink flamingos into better things. Like dragons and phoenixes and thestrals. (Oh, my.)

Brothers in robotics.

Brothers in robotics.

The family that makes together...

This flamingo became a Reaper.

This flamingo became a Reaper.

Hackwarts forever.

My phoenix flamingo.

My phoenix flamingo.

Hackwarts Monster Book of Monsters

Hackwarts Monster Book of Monsters

Lesson designed by Samantha, Chris, & Jen.

Hackwarts Monster Book of Monsters

Hackwarts Monster Book of Monsters

Lesson designed by Samantha, Chris, & Jen.

Brushbots diagram

Brushbots diagram

This is how I like to explain things...

Hackwarts Patronus Lanterns

Hackwarts Patronus Lanterns

Lesson designed by Samantha & Jen.

The ball cup glasses event.

The ball cup glasses event.

I just dig this kid's build so freaking hard. He didn't even knock himself out.

When Jen draws...

When Jen draws...

They're like butterflies. With questions.

Make the tool you cannot find.

Make the tool you cannot find.

If you can. We failed. But that's okay.

Let's make things that roll.

Let's make things that roll.

Her pride, though.

Her pride, though.

Making is always better with notes.

Making is always better with notes.

Journal it!

Her pride, too.

Her pride, too.

Sand casting.

Sand casting.

YAAAASSSS.

She worked hard to get this shape.

She worked hard to get this shape.

And it is lovely.

Sand casting

Sand casting

Making something three dimensional and metal is super satisfying.

That one kid.

That one kid.

:) When the teachers come to learn, prep for shenanigans.

Prepping automata for Cornell

Prepping automata for Cornell

Maker Ed in the public school system requires short cutting to the part you really need the kids to understand. Which means prep. In a lab, I'd make the kid do this.

Teaching Lego Robotics

Teaching Lego Robotics

This was fun, but the kids didn't get to keep anything.

Coin Mazes

Coin Mazes

She was my youngest consistent student. She made all the things.

We can carve the pumpkins.

We can carve the pumpkins.

Meow.

We can wire the pumpkins.

We can wire the pumpkins.

They chomp.

Lab time.

Lab time.

Curiosity Hacked was a glorious space to be part of.

Faerie Houses

Faerie Houses

This is always great. And why I'm frequently tempted to pick up small "nature bits" from sidewalks....

Faerie Houses

Faerie Houses

Faerie Houses

Faerie Houses

Faerie Houses

Faerie Houses

Faerie Houses

Faerie Houses

This one got super tall.

Maker flow.

Maker flow.

Mixing media and methods.

Public school outreach

Public school outreach

I've worked in elementary schools through Berkeley, Albany, and Oakland.

Linocut print making

Linocut print making

People always find this one so satisfying. <3

Linocut print making

Linocut print making

Screen printing

Screen printing

Circuit Blocks

Circuit Blocks

Hammers and wires and lights, oh my.

Laser cut lanterns

Laser cut lanterns

We ran the gamut of creative skills to make these beauties. Kids had to work with vector art, electronics, shadow work design, fabrication, and building.

Shrunken Heads!

Shrunken Heads!

I like to make stations.

Project Planning

Project Planning

This particular exploded version of this ongoing lesson was brilliantly offered by Samantha Cook. I was delighted to be there as support.

Hackwarts Magic Wands

Hackwarts Magic Wands

Needle felting.

Needle felting.

People are often surprised because this craft looks all soft and fuzzy, but is mostly done by stabbing.

Stitching to resist.

Stitching to resist.

Draw it, sew it, really own it.

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Prepping automata for Cornell

Maker Ed in the public school system requires short cutting to the part you really need the kids to understand. Which means prep. In a lab, I'd make the kid do this.