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Hey y'all. It's been a while, but we have a cool new collection to share. This is the first digital resource collection self-produced exclusively by NOVA Education. Complete with videos and lesson plans, the collection takes students through the process of building raw ideas into robust innovations. Check it out!
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Outstanding! Thank you for sharing!
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Karen Fasimpaur

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Fyi, the K12 Online Conference has a strand on STEAM this year, and you all are invited to submit session proposals.

If you're not familiar with K12 Online, it's a free, completely online, volunteer-driven conference featuring 20 minute asynchronous video presentations. That means no travel required to present!

If you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them.

http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=2352
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Jessica Henricks

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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!
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Kathryn Kwiatkowski

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Our graduate students here at CWRU took Making Stuff Colder to Cuyahoga Community College to work with high school students in the Upward Bound program on April 21, 2014. They'll be working with them again on May 3rd to share Making Stuff Wilder.
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Stanley Whittingham

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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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This is great!
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Frank Kinnaman

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Pictures of Making Stuff from an event with local science teachers!
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It's wonderful that you had so many teachers present! Congrats!
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Jennifer Cameron

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Making Stuff Safer and Wilder at Arizona Science Center
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Kat B

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MAKING STUFF Safer at the Carnegie Museum. We hosted all four projects on one Saturday Afternoon and we were overwhelmed by the positive turnout and the comments! 
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Rachel Connolly
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Thought you might like this story about "making" a difference 
A new invention uses fish tank aquarium pumps to save the lives of babies in the developing world. In an effort to battle the high cost of medical equipment, a group of Rice University students developed an affordable machine to help premature ba...
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Thanks, for sharing this article.  Those Rice U students are headed for  amazing careers. And those babies who benefited from their invention will have an opportunity to have better lives.
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About this community

Here at NOVA's Making Stuff Outreach Community page, you can learn what's happening in the world of science education and making. Hangout with other innovators and makers, get training and support from NOVA Education staff for your Project Box, and more! This space is yours. Get creative!

Andrew Collins

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Hi everyone! Iridescent recently launched a new version of our STEM & maker online learning platform. The Curiosity Machine connects scientists and engineers with K-12 students, inspiring them to be more persistent, creative, and curious thinkers! Everything is free and open source so if you're interested in using the website as a part of your programming, please reach out! We're also actively recruiting scientists & engineers for our mentoring community. Thanks!

https://www.curiositymachine.org
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I'm happy to share and hope that our community will take advantage of this great resource.  Thanks, again!  Stay safe and well.
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New York Hall of Science

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Good morning makers! Join the NYSCI's Design Lab crew tomorrow at 11am and make classic Shadow Puppets. Teachers: classroom sign-up is still open. See you then!
 
Create a simple jointed shadow puppet using index cards, brass fasteners & wooden sticks that perform complex actions and can tell a story. 

Students can work alone or in groups to make puppets perform a shadow play. As they design and test puppets to achieve desired effects, they will explore how light interacts with matter, it’s role in creating shadows, and how an object’s shadow is affected by the intensity and position of the light source. They also explore hinges and levers as they create joints on their puppet and try to control them in the performance of their story. Their creation of stories that go along with it demonstrate how design thinking can foster the integration of STEM and language arts.

Best suited for Grades 1 – 3

Teachers
Sign up here to include your classroom: http://goo.gl/JxjktK

Materials 
• index cards
• black markers or pencils 
• scissors
• brass fastners
• straws
• chopsticks/wooden coffee stirrers (either or)
• hole punchers
• scotch tape
• light source; a flashlight or clip on lamp or a projector (to create a shadow wall) 
• blank wall

Lesson Plan
• Introduction: 7-10 minutes
• Shadow Puppet building: 10-12 minutes
• Share out: 7-10 minutes
This Hangout On Air is hosted by New York Hall of Science. The live video broadcast will begin soon.
Q&A
Preview
Live
Shadow Puppets: A Design Lab Connected Classroom
Wed, June 4, 2014, 11:00 AM
Hangouts On Air - Broadcast for free

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Thank you, for this design lab. I'm looking forward to trying this with young students.  Fun!
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Jonathan Prozzi

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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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Hello! I want to thank you for your excellent guides that you created - they were a big help and inspiration for us! 
We used an iPhone timer initially and had our course be a bit longer so we could get some practice starting and stopping with a precise time. One of our youth had a stop motion app on his phone so he was able to get the super precise times for us. I don't know offhand what it is that he used but I can check with him next time he is in. 
We discussed working with an automatic timer when we do something like this again as it would help us quite a lot! 
I definitely noticed an improvement in accuracy when we extended our ramp length.

It was really fun seeing the different ways everyone added weight to their cars. I really enjoyed this session!
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Laura Luna

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PSES & PSMS are hosting their 2nd Annual KITE Festival on Saturday, April 26th!  NOVA Making Stuff Activities will be part of the morning of fun along with activities for all grade levels from K-8!
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Stanley Whittingham

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From the Making Stuff activity that run at the Science Fair at  Broome Community College on 3/15/2014
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Stanley Whittingham

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Here is TV coverage of our recent event at the Roberson Museum in Binghamton.
http://www.wbng.com/news/local/Creating-future-scientists--254047411.html?vid=a
Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) An annual hands-on science event taught kids about nano chemistry.
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What terrific coverage for a terrific event. Congratulations.
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Jennifer Cameron

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Making Stuff Colder and Faster at Arizona Science Center
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Kat B

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MAKING STUFF AT THE CARNEGIE MUSEUM- SATURDAY, MARCH 29, 2014
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Jonathan Prozzi

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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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Allan Villavisar

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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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Tyler Swain

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That's awesome!!!
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