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"Ice Cube Crayons" project by Jennifer Perkins
“Ice Cube Crayons” project by Jennifer Perkins

You have probably noticed the “maker” trend is gaining headway.  With 3D printers becoming more affordable, and new inventions like the 3Doodler, this trend is beginning to find its way into the schools and libraries – and I welcome it wholeheartedly.  But you don’t have to wait until you have access to a public “Maker Space” to become a “Maker”.  And, you don’t need fancy technology, either.  Last October, I posted about the DIY site (which is also an app), and its wealth of hands-on projects.  Another resource you might enjoy is the “Kids and Family” section of Make’s online magazine.  From designing your own Marshmallow Shooter to making a 10-Rail Model Rocket Mega-Launcher, you can find all kinds of ideas for projects.  The projects are rated in difficulty:  easy, moderate, and difficult.  Parents could find some great ideas for rainy days or weekends here.  And, if you are a teacher, you might offer this site as another reference for students planning Genius Hour projects.

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