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Making Monday: National Week of Making

June 15, 2015

June 12-18 is the National Week of Making, which coincides with last weekend’s National Maker Faire in Washington, D.C. If you tweet about any projects you do this week, add the hashtag #weekofmaking. Let’s look at a few tutorials for kids’ projects at the Faire.

Lockpicking. Specialized tools can be purchased from MakerShed or you can get started with old locks from second-hand stores, a paperclip and this Instructable tutorial. In case this project makes you uneasy, read DH MakerBus’ post Why Teach Children to Pick Locks?

Soldering. The Makey Robot Learn to Solder Skill Badge is a regular at Maker Faires. Technology Will Save Us Solder and De-Solder Videos are helpful as is the “Soldering is Easy” Comic Book.

Squishy Circuits

Squishy Circuits. By using batches of both sugar-based and salt-based playdough, electric circuits can be created with a fun and safe product. Instructions from St. Thomas University Check out the possibilities in AnnMarie Thomas’ TED talk.

Telegraph. Heather Pang of Castillejas School has a nice writeup about the telegraph in history project she did with her class including tutorial links.

Video Inspiration


From Sesame Street, comes “The Power of Yet.” Janelle Monae encourages Elmo and friends to stick with it as they struggle learning new skills. “There’s no mountain you can’t climb, it just takes a little time.”

Maker Notables

Diana Rendina. Middle-school teacher-librarian in Tampa leading the way incorporating makerspaces into schools. @DianaLRendina

Project H Design. Youth-led public design projects that incorporate design-thinking, tinkering and vocational skills building. “In my classroom, no one is ever bored and no one is ever finished,” says Emily Pilloton, Director. @ProjectHDesign

Project M@CH. Designing & implementing the first Makerspace in a children’s hospital at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN. @ProjectMACH

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