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July 2020

Brown Dog Gadgets – Paper Circuits Knife Switch

July 15, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT

Paper Circuits Knife Switch Knife switches are a fun way to visualize how a circuit becomes completed when a switch is engaged. It’s easy to see how the switch is “opened” or “closed” which represent the two states of a single throw switch. Knife switches are not used for most modern day circuits as they have been replaced by switches that are safer at high voltages, but since we’ll be working with low voltage circuits this DIY cardboard knife switch…

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Learning in the Making with MakerED: Observation Machines

July 15, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm PDT

Observation Machines Have you ever looked under a microscope to see parts of the world not visible to the naked eye? How about through a telescope to gaze at objects far away and out of reach? Each of these technologies — we call them “observation machines” — helps you look closely at and explore the complexity of the world around you. Join us in building observation machines — from materials you have at home — to illuminate objects from nature…

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Scrappy Circuits! – Operation Game Brick

July 16, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT

Operation Game Brick The teaching and learning of invention literacy is often locked behind many pre-requisite skills and expensive STEM toys. Scrappy Circuits breaks down these barriers to learning to invent through using a modular system of bricks build by the learner and sourced for commonly found objects. In this session, they will build off the battery and buzzer bricks and create an Operation Brick. WATCH LIVE on the Family Maker Camp Facebook page or on the Kids Make: Youtube…

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Rocket Maker Series by Moon Makers

July 17, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT

Duran te esta serie, los chicos se convertiran en ingenieros y cientfficos de cohetes de la NASA usaran estos cohetes para lanzar satelites, misiones de tripulacion y carga, o suminiestros a la ISS. Un vehiculo para que los chicos tengan una nueva era de exploracion en el espacio pro fundo. Crearan un cohete a propulsion, un sistema de lanzamiento espacial, y programaran un Makey Robot que esta perdido en el espacio inexplorado que necesita construir su nave y evitar asteroides…

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Mario the Maker Magician with special guest Drew Powell

July 17, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT

Mario the Maker Magician is back with his weekly Mario Show! Mario is joined this week with special guest Drew Powell. Don't miss this week's edition of What if Kids Ruled the World and Mario's Make of the week. Watch and comment LIVE on the Family Maker Camp Facebook page or watch on the Kids Make: Youtube channel. Learn more about Mario at https://www.mariothemagician.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mariothemagician Follow their adventures on YouTube! #itsafamilybusiness!

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Light Up Origami with Kathy Ceceri and Sandy Roberts

July 21, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT

Light Up Origami Workshop Authors Kathy Ceceri and Sandy Roberts are teaming up for an all-new Maker Camp workshop! Ancient paper folding meets cutting edge tech as we create light-up bugs, a hopping light-up frog, and more. This is a fun, hands-on way to build skills and learn about circuits. Watch and make LIVE on the Family Maker Camp FB page or on the Make: Kids Youtube channel. Materials list: origami paper (or regular paper and scissors) 5mm LEDs 3V…

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Tinkering at Home with the Exploratorium – Cranky Contraptions

July 23, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT

Cranky Contraptions Cranky Contraptions are homemade kinetic toys that produce a variety of motions (up and down, side to side, and more) by turning a wire "crank." Learners use everyday materials to tinker with ideas about storytelling and mechanical motion and bring whimsical creations to life! During this one hour workshop, we will make cranky contraptions together! Gather your materials and ideas ahead of time. Get inspiration from others as we build. Share your creations during the session and online…

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Scrappy Circuits Clothespin Switch

July 23, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm PDT

Clothespin Switch Brick In many ways this brick is the opposite of the Push Switch. The Push Switch turns on by being pressed. The Clothespin Switch turns off by being pressed. When you’re not touching the Clothespin Switch it rests in the on position. If something is pushing on the switch, or inside the mouth, it will be off until that object is removed. This switch can easily be turned into a trip wire switch. Cut a piece of cardboard…

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Rocket Maker Series by Moon Makers

July 24, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT

Duran te esta serie, los chicos se convertiran en ingenieros y cientfficos de cohetes de la NASA usaran estos cohetes para lanzar satelites, misiones de tripulacion y carga, o suminiestros a la ISS. Un vehiculo para que los chicos tengan una nueva era de exploracion en el espacio pro fundo. Crearan un cohete a propulsion, un sistema de lanzamiento espacial, y programaran un Makey Robot que esta perdido en el espacio inexplorado que necesita construir su nave y evitar asteroides…

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Mario the Maker Magician LIVE!

July 24, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT

Mario the Maker Magician is back with his weekly magic party! This week Mario is joined by special guest Leo & Dance for Justice. Leo is 7 years old and with a little bit of chalk and whole lot of ingenuity, he set up his very first fundraising initiative. He made the sidewalk a stage for himself and proceeded to dance for people passing by, placed hats out for donations like a seasoned big city busker, and danced FOR but…

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Brown Dog Gadgets – Dark Detecting Transistor Circuit

July 29, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT

Dark Detecting Transistor Circuit Found often in solar garden lights that only turn on when it gets dark, this circuit is surprisingly simple. Follow along gto make one yourself. Materials Needed: 1/4" Maker Tape 2N3904 NPN Transistor 1000 Ohm Resistor Light Dependent Resistor CR2032 Battery Jumbo 10mm Diffused LED Printable Template Scissors Written instructions for this project can be found here. WATCH LIVE on the Family Maker Camp Facebook page or on the Kids Make: Youtube channel. Brown Dog Gadgets…

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Scrappy Circuits – Connector and Tester Bricks

July 30, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT

Connector and Two Clip Testers Bricks The teaching and learning of invention literacy is often locked behind many pre-requisite skills and expensive STEM toys. Scrappy Circuits breaks down these barriers to learning to invent through using a modular system of bricks build by the learner and sourced for commonly found objects. This week we will be making the Connector Brick. The connector brick helps you to connect components to your scrappy circuits. Get your core bricks ready - previous sessions…

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