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Maker Monday: Battle Bots

My library has a set of MeeperBots that have been making appearances in our Lego Clubs, but I decided I wanted to do a little more with them. This summer I’ve been working on a programming guide for Demco using MeeperBots (coming soon!) and Maker Monday was the perfect place to test one of my programs!

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Maker Friday: a team-building YS advocacy program

A couple weeks ago during our library staff meeting time, we had a maker program for staff. Whenever there’s a 5th week we do something fun/professional development-y, and I suggested that we pull out all our maker stations and let the staff explore. Here’s why:

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Maker Monday: Circuits

We’ve gotten some great new tools at the library, so this month Maker Monday was all about exploring circuits!

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First up: Makey Makeys. We have 6 Makey Makeys, and I hooked each up to a laptop and pulled up the piano page. One of these days I’m going to program our Raspberry Pis to boot up automatically to this page and eliminate the need for laptops, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. (story of my life…)

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Introducing: Maker Monday Blog

So, it turns out that I am really fabulous at not taking on every new exciting project I get enthusiastic about (other things I excel at: sarcasm), but this one was too good to pass up, and now I get to share it with you!

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Today I am really thrilled to introduce to you a new project that I started with the amazing Miss Meg from Miss Meg’s Storytime: Maker Monday Blog, a monthly round-up of library maker programs.

Making is painting and sewing and hammering and coding and building robots or bridges and stacking blocks and 3d printing and Legos and coloring and origami and video creation. It often includes STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) and process over product and open-ended questions. Sometimes it uses technology, often it doesn’t. We like collaborative making, where kids work and learn together or at the same table.

This is meant to serve as a resource for anyone interested in maker programs for kids. Take a look, and stay tuned for more awesomeness!