In honor of our month of woodworking and box making we would like to share this hysterical video about wood shop safety.

Pro Tip: There is only more day to take this class, Sunday June 29th!  Stop by for the 1:30pm or the 3:30pm class to make your own sturdy wooden treasure chest.

- Reid

Whats better than a super sturdy wood box with hinges that you made yourself?  A super sturdy hinged box with a funny animal face on it!  Whats even cooler is that those faces are not just decoration, they are actually peg locks that keep the boxes closed.  To open it you gotta pull the Bear, Duck, or Penguins nose/beak!Dig this cool woodworking project?  Then stop by today, Sunday June 22nd or next Sunday June 29th for our last two days teaching this awesome class, and make your own.Have you built one already?  If you had decorated, modified, or added to the design send us a photo!

Whats better than a super sturdy wood box with hinges that you made yourself?  A super sturdy hinged box with a funny animal face on it!  

Whats even cooler is that those faces are not just decoration, they are actually peg locks that keep the boxes closed.  To open it you gotta pull the Bear, Duck, or Penguins nose/beak!

Dig this cool woodworking project?  Then stop by today, Sunday June 22nd or next Sunday June 29th for our last two days teaching this awesome class, and make your own.

Have you built one already?  If you had decorated, modified, or added to the design send us a photo!

The Make It At Home Challenge is almost closed!Deadline is the end of the month!At the end of the month we will start our selection process and choose the top three entries from the Make It At Home Challenge.  If you have submitted a photo and/or video you will hear back from us the first week of July about your prizes!  If you took our Luminescent Night Light class but havent submitted your entry yet, its not too late!  You have just over 1 week to whip something up!  So Makers, start your engines glue guns and start creating!

The Make It At Home Challenge is almost closed!
Deadline is the end of the month!


At the end of the month we will start our selection process and choose the top three entries from the Make It At Home Challenge.  If you have submitted a photo and/or video you will hear back from us the first week of July about your prizes!  

If you took our Luminescent Night Light class but havent submitted your entry yet, its not too late!  You have just over 1 week to whip something up!  So Makers, start your engines glue guns and start creating!

We got our first video submission for the Make It At Home Challenge!  Sent to us by Alessandro, he says his enclosure is “made out of a recycled lollipop plastic container and recycled plastic spoons. All stuck together with hot glue.” 

Here are some photos of it with the lights on.  

Great work Alessandro!!!

We got this excellent submission to our Make It At Home Challenge from Kandance using card stock and tissue paper.  Well done!  

Keep those submissions coming!  We will announce the winners of the Challenge on the last day of June so keep makin’ and be sure to send us a photo or video before June 30th!



Two great submissions to our Make It At Home Challenge from Truck showing off some different hot glue sculptures he made for his Luminescent Night Light.  On that note, this coming Saturday May 31st is our LAST weekend teaching this workshop.  If you ever wanted to learn how to solder or get into electronics, make sure you stop by before the month is over!

Two great submissions to our Make It At Home Challenge from Truck showing off some different hot glue sculptures he made for his Luminescent Night Light.  On that note, this coming Saturday May 31st is our LAST weekend teaching this workshop.  If you ever wanted to learn how to solder or get into electronics, make sure you stop by before the month is over!

Gigantic Soldering Irons: Some notes on how to teach soldering to kids.

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This month has been super exciting and fun teaching people how to solder our Luminescent Night Light kit.  We have spent a lot of time developing our facilitation methods so that everyone can learn how to solder, so we thought we should share some of the things we learned.

The biggest challenge of teaching kids how to solder properly is that the electronic components are so small, and the work area is teeny tiny.  At first we considered using a video camera and a projector, but decided we wanted to make it more personal.  

So what did we do?  

We made a gigantic soldering iron, circuit board, and resistor out foam core!

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Justin is doing a great job acting as the helping hands.


By play acting the soldering process with huge props, this very tiny abstract process takes on fun, identifiable forms.  Its also funny to get parents involved and act your helping hands.

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Get the parents involved!

Another great thing is that its an easy way to show good solder joints vs bad solder joints and be able to explain why.  

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Good/happy solder joints look like hershey kisses and bad/sad solder joints look like lumps.

The other major consideration we thought about was the layout of each individual work station.  We have fume extractors, which are really important to remove and filter out solder fumes, but often times we were underwhelmed with how well they worked.  People would be soldering with their helping hands but the extractor would be across the table not doing much.  To fix this we made a very simple hack, and just attached the helping hands directly to the fume extractors with velcro.  Now, 100% of the fumes get sucked away because you are working directly in front of the extractors fan.  

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Our laser cut solder stations.

We also designed and laser cut these plywood solder stations to make set up and take down smoother. Gone are the days of setting out 10 different things from 10 different bins and losing plugs and cables.  Now everything fits neatly in a stackable box that you just have to plug in and turn on.

Hope to see you for some soldering fun this weekend!

Best,
-Reid

This awesome Make It At Home Challenge submission comes from Joanna.  She did her own take on Hot Glue Molding to create this Luminescent Night Light enclosure that now lives in her car.  Thank you Joanna!If you want to learn how to create you own glowing sculptures out of hot glue then you should check out the Maker Space this weekend, Saturday May 17th and Sunday May 18th.  We will experimenting with different types of molding and casting techniques using hot glue and creating geometric modular paper sculptures.  Both the geometric and goopy will then be illuminated with some simple circuitry!  Check our Weekend Programs section at the top of the page for more information.

This awesome Make It At Home Challenge submission comes from Joanna.  She did her own take on Hot Glue Molding to create this Luminescent Night Light enclosure that now lives in her car.  Thank you Joanna!

If you want to learn how to create you own glowing sculptures out of hot glue then you should check out the Maker Space this weekend, Saturday May 17th and Sunday May 18th.  We will experimenting with different types of molding and casting techniques using hot glue and creating geometric modular paper sculptures.  Both the geometric and goopy will then be illuminated with some simple circuitry!  Check our Weekend Programs section at the top of the page for more information.

Check out some of these great photos taken by Explainer TV at our Luminescent Night Light workshop this past Sunday!  Click here to see the whole set. 

There are only 3 more classes left to learn how to solder your own color changing night light, so make sure you get here on May 24th, 25th, and 31st!  For more information see our Weekend Programs section.  


Our first submission to the Make It At Home Challenge!  Sent to us by Benjamin K.  Thanks Benjamin!

Our first submission to the Make It At Home Challenge!  Sent to us by Benjamin K.  Thanks Benjamin!

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