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Hi everyone! Maker Camp, a virtual DIY camp for teens, is returning for it's 3rd summer, starting July 7th. Pop in anytime to join in the making, or become an affiliate site where campers meet and make IRL. Affiliate site sign up ends TODAY (but let me know if you're interested but need an extra day or two.) Learn more at http://makercamp.com. Thanks and hope to see you and your makers this summer!

Hi everyone! The Digital Harbor Foundation recently completed Making Stuff “Faster." We constructed a ramp and the youth were excited to be able to track their speeds and modify their designs to shave off fractions of a second. 
As this was our final Making Stuff installment, we decided to allow the youth to incorporate any of the extra materials from the previous projects, as well as nearly anything that they found in our MegaLab space. Popular additions included colorful pipe cleaners and styrofoam plates that were crafted into spoilers and other aerodynamic shapes. The youth noted that since we used an inclined ramp they would want to add weight to their cars, and this development led to rapid brainstorming and implementation of ideas, including creating a “double decker” car that used two blocks of wood! 
We had such a great time with this project and it was an excellent conclusion to the Making Stuff sessions!

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Wednesday night we did a science cafe at the lost dog cafe in Binghamton. Professor Tito Abruno, from Cornell, was our guest speaker and spoke about batteries, fuel cells and how they fit into the big energy picture. Both NBC and Fox TV covered the event. The link to the NBC coverage is:
http://www.binghamtonhomepage.com/story/d/story/bu-students-talk-energy-research-at-lost-dog-caf/28222/f15Jg3FmN0yxzE2ZV7n6AA

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Pictures of Making Stuff from an event with local science teachers!
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2014-04-08
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Hello again!
The Digital Harbor Foundation completed the Making Stuff “Colder” workshop on Tuesday. Our youth thought it ironic that we were making cooling units this week since it was snowing outside! Everyone loved the video and concept, and ideas began flowing immediately. Design modifications and insulation discussions moved at a rapid pace, as the youth were eager to begin construction of their cooling units. We included the extra nylon tubing and sponges from last week’s “Safer” experiment, and several youth decided to integrate the tubes into their cooling units. One participant placed tubing in the bottom of his cooling unit to capture and circulate water from the melted ice! We had a great time witnessing all the innovative designs and constructions and look forward to next week!

I've included some photos from the event as well as a link to our Flickr site which has several more!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/digitalharbor/sets/72157643224403794
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2014-04-03
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Hello Making STUFF community.....hope are well and having fun experimenting.  Last week we had a great experience with our facilitators and our last project, Making Stuff COLDER!  This was a pretty "cool" experiment, no pun intended, LOL.  We all sat around the tables, materials were place in front of us and the instructions were stated out loud.  We left to decided how to create our portable cooling system.  We began with cutting an opening either on the lid or side of the container. We then worked on the powering our fan and then securing our fan onto the container.  We used thermometers and ice packs to experiment with gauging the temperatures.  Thanks to our facilitators, for teaching us about creating a portable, battery powered cooling system! 
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2014-03-31
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The Lawrence Hall of Science wrapped up the MAKING STUFF series with our final event: MAKING STUFF Colder & Wilder on Saturday, March 22. 
We modified the activities to make them more accessible for all ages. To keep little fingers out of the fans, strawberry baskets were attached to the fan cooling units using a simple rubber band. Visitors were busy enjoying the making activities with help of additional Hall volunteers.
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2014-03-27
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Thought you might like this story about "making" a difference 

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I was too busy managing the activities to take any pictures this afternoon, but when it was all said and done, here's what our "Safer" table looked like. Lots of great structures!
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