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Making Monday: Sun, Wind & Water

June 22, 2015

Wind, water and sun, the staples of summer fun — and renewable energy.

Kits for Iowa Educators

University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy and Environmental Education is the go-to place for Iowa teachers/librarians wanting to do free energy projects with kids. Individuals may purchase the kits. Anybody can download the lesson materials for free. Kits include:

  • Mini Solar Car
  • Solar Ovens
  • Wind Tunnels
  • Propeller Kits

Mini Solar Car

Projects with Materials around the Home

Pizza box solar oven. Instructions from New Mexico Solar Energy Association.

Wind Car with Stir the Wonder.

Wind Turbines with STEM Mom.

Weather Stations

Is it a good day to go to the beach or pool? Create a weather station to make your own predictions.

Arduino Weather Station Instructable.

littleBits Real-time Weather Dashboard using the CloudBits Kit.

Raspberry Pi Internet Weather Station Instructable.

Video Inspiration

William Kamkwamba built a windmill using old bicycle parts, diagrams in  in Malawi to help his parents’ during a drought. His story has led to the inspiring book, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, with adult, teen and picture book versions.

Maker Notables

Josh Burker. Educator, writer (Invent to Learn Guide to Fun) and maker-extraordinaire. He chronicles his adventures in making on his blog and in real-time (glitches and all) via Twitter  @joshburker.

MakerBridge. Makerbrarians facilitating growth in makerspaces and maker culture, especially in libraries and schools. @makerbridge

Quin Etnyre, 14 year-old hardware developer and entrepreneur. His products include the ArduSensor Learning Kit and the Qduino Mini, an Arduino-compatible board with built-in battery connector & charger and fuel gauge. This Edutopia video shows Quin sharing his passion for electronics with fellow students and teachers. @QTechKnow

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