|My son's basement lab. One kid turned the|
corner and stopped dead - "oh god this is
beautiful he said. I knew we had 'hooked
a new one'.
Well, most of the time I seem to be running an online maker camp for ladies (and gents) who love to embroider. But in my 'off time' I spend time running my two robotic teams. It is the summer all of a sudden and my older team decided to get started in May for the season that actually starts in September! I think they were just a bit starved of spending time together and inventing.
As their schooling becomes more intense, it also has lost that sense of adventure, mystery and curiosity. I know this to be true as they wanted to start 'roboting' the afternoon of graduation (from 8th grade). So my house has been full of teens since the last week of May. It has been quite the grind for me to have them around all day and work in the night! My house is a wreck. But as you can see from the pictures - they are having a BLAST.
|Conductive clay. They made it themselves. Oh god what a|
mess. And they decided to make a double batch when
I wasn't looking - eight cups of flour!
|Light up paper airplanes|
A boy's dream
|Tail 'fire' anyone? We aren't going to show|
you how we do this - that is our
charges (I needed a weekend off).
Well, the group texts went around like mad and somewhere around 11am on Sunday - my son informs me proudly that they have it all organized. Noon at the Nguyen's house to build! WHAT?? My stitching day gonzo. They sent the Dads out for chips and Mountain Dew (they
|Happy boys with explosive rockets. Too much glue. That|
was once a nice dinning room table...
We have been having fun. This year the research topic is 'World Class' which means 'how to change education for the better'. They have taken to it with gusto. My walls are full of paper with what they don't like about school all over it and how to make it better. They have settled on coming up with a STEM curriculum for kids that emphasizes creativity, invention, and exploration using competition and interactive physical games together. They spent
|Matchbox car + Dremel Drill +|
LED = COOL!
As example of some of the stuff they are doing - check out the pictures. They have come up with challenges to learn different things about electronics. One was 'can you light up a paper airplane and have it do tricks in the dark'. Another was 'what can you do with surface mount LEDs, matchbox cars and glow in the
|Tick tack toe in the dark with one|
of the creations. Or 'how many boys will fit
into a dark bathroom?'
|A bunch of test bunnies for the paper circuit activity they|
invented last week!
We made conductive play dough and used it to make circuits, electrified a frisbee for nighttime ultimate, and made light-up origami puppets. I guess it is not a surprise that two local boys beat down the door to join the team this month.
I have to pack Stumpwork kits tomorrow, so I had to tell them to stay home. I can't risk having someone open their kit and find flashing paper airplanes in it. But next week, they promise me they will invade again. If the blog goes dark again… you will know they did!