A Calendar of MakerSpace Events

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9/8 Maker Monday: Inaugural Event! Sketchup

Each Monday after school in the Library's new MakerSpace, we'll have a quick instructional lesson on a tool or method to invent, design, make, tinker, or otherwise explore. Join us Monday, September 8, for a lesson on Sketchup Pro, which is available on school computers for free. Please also let us know if you have a topic you want to have taught or can teach others! For more information, check out the library page on Blackboard.

9/15 Maker Monday: Advanced Friendship Bracelet Making

Join us next Monday, Sept 15, to learn to make friendship bracelets. Lauren Trester can even show you how to incorporate words into them! Please also let us know if you have a topic you want to have taught or can teach others! For more information, check out the library page on Blackboard.

9/22 Maker Monday: Professional Costuming

Are you already planning your Halloween costume? Are you a theater buff? Or do you just like to create your own fashion accessories? Join us for a special Maker Monday on Monday, September 22. The owners of Newport's Costume Gallery (who have over 60 years of combined experience) will be here to give you tips and tricks on costuming after school in the Maker Space.

For more information: http://www.costumegallery-newport.com/index.html

9/29 Maker Monday: Light Up Signs

At the Maker Monday on 9/29, we'll be making a light up sign for the MakerSpace. Please come if you'd like to help and learn how to make your own. If you'd like to make your own during Maker Monday, please bring a string of Christmas or Fairy lights and a stretched canvas. We'll supply the rest.

Check out our Pinterest board of cool light up signs for inspiration: http://www.pinterest.com/bookwarrior/light-up-signs/

10/6 Maker Monday: What can you do with a 3.5 inch floppy disk?

Back in the day before flash drives and sd cards, there was the 3.5 in floppy disk. At the Maker Monday on 10/6 at 3pm, we will tinker with these relics--take them apart, look at what makes them tick, and invent new uses for them. A prize will be awarded for the best new use invention!

*UPDATE: Due to popular demand, we will extend this Maker Monday all week, making supplies available in the MakerSpace for anyone who wants to tinker. Entries for best new use invention should be brought to the library by Friday at 3 pm for judging and to get their picture taken.

Learn more about what a floppy disk is and does here:

All are welcome! Bring a friend.

Maker Monday 10/13: Video Mashup Tool Mozilla Popcorn Maker

Mozilla Popcorn Maker is a free online tool that helps you make video content interactive, allowing you to "easily remix web video, audio and images into cool mashups that you can embed on other websites. Drag and drop content from the web, then add your own comments and links —all within your browser. Popcorn Maker videos are dynamic, full of links and unique with every view." At this week's MakerMonday, explore this fun tool and surprise yourself with what you can do!


Maker Monday 10/20: Web Design Tips and Tricks with Mr. Becksfort

At the Monday, October 20th MakerMonday, Mr. Becksfort will be our special guest instructor, sharing Web Design tips and tricks, including simple HTML and CSS that can be used on any website including Weeblys and Blackboard.

Maker Monday 10/27: Halloween Costume Troubleshooting

Are you struggling with your DIY Halloween costume? We can help! Come to the October 27 MakerMonday event from 3-4:30 p.m. for technical and creative support. Bring what you've got so far--we'll have sewing machines, glue guns, and other supplies to solve your costume dilemmas. Contact Mrs. Colpi (ecolpi@mariemontschools.org) for details.

Maker Monday 11/3: Augmented Reality with Aurasma App

According to many experts in the tech world, augmented reality is the next big thing. At this week's MakerMonday from 3-4 pm in the Library MakerSpace, learn more about augmented reality and try out one popular augmented reality app called Aurasma.

What is Aurasma?

Watch Video

Aurasma Demo

Duration: (2:11)
User: larrymagid - Added: 4/8/11

YouTube URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBKy-hSedg8

11/10 Maker Monday: More Augmented Reality with Aurasma App

Last week's MakerMonday was so interesting we decided to do a follow up session on augmented reality. We'll work on making digital overlays for the MHS AP art gallery and fall play cast photos. Come learn about this cutting edge tech from 3-4 pm in the MHS Library MakerSpace. Questions? Contact Mrs. Colpi (ecolpi@mariemontschools.org).

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Matt Mills: Image recognition that triggers augmented reality

Duration: (8:05)
User: tedtalksdirector - Added: 7/19/12

YouTube URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frrZbq2LpwI

11/24 Maker Monday: Design Challenge--Can we repair our couch and build a bookcase out of books?

Are you interested in building and design? We have a challenge for you! Join us Monday from 3-4 in the MHS Library MakerSpace to help design a fix for our broken couch. If we fix the couch, we'll move on to designing and building a bookcase for the MakerSpace book collection. Questions? Contact Mrs. Colpi. See you there!

Need some bookshelf inspiration? Check out these amazing design ideas:


Maker Monday 12/8/14: Hour of Code Challenge!

This week is the Hour of Code Challenge, a worldwide event that invites everyone to try computer coding--from the complete newbie to the advanced code wiz--to learn something new through interactive online tutorials.

The MHS Library is hosting a support group all week during both lunches and after school for those who want to participate. We'll chart your progress in the library and anyone who earns an Hour of Code certificate from code.org will be entered to win a $15 gift card. We'll kick off the event at today's Maker Monday from 3-4 pm. Check out the different types of coding tutorials at http://code.org/learn. Still need convincing? Get inspired!

Watch Video

What Most Schools Don't Teach

Duration: (5:44)
User: codeorg - Added: 2/26/13

YouTube URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKIu9yen5nc

12/15 Maker Monday: DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater!

Want your ugly Christmas sweater to stand out in the crowd this year? Bring a sweater to the library MakerSpace next Monday from 3-4 and turn it into something really special. We'll provide craft supplies for decorating, but if you have any bobbles and trinkets to contribute, bring them in!

Looking for inspiration? Here you go: http://www.pinterest.com/bookwarrior/diy-ugly-christmas-sweaters/

1/5 Maker Monday: PowToon! The alternative to iMovie/MovieMaker/Prezi/PowerPoint

Bored with PowerPoint? Frustrated with Prezi? Over iMovie? At this week's Maker Monday, check out PowToon, an easy to use online tool for building animated videos. The fun starts at 3:00 p.m. in the library. Check out this video!

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How to create animated presentations. PowToon - The PowerPoint Alternative

Duration: (1:37)
User: powtoon - Added: 5/19/13

YouTube URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldY3USp8I8g

Also, this one is pretty interesting:

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4 Scientific Reasons Why Our Brains Reject Bullet Points

Duration: (2:54)
User: powtoon - Added: 12/2/13

YouTube URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGBjzLWIzdk

1/12 Maker Monday: Cutting Edge Design with a Digital Paper Cutter

Join us Monday, January 12 in the MHS MakerSpace for an introduction to cutting edge design with a digital paper cutting tool called the Silhouette Cameo. Special guest expert Nathan Swartzendruber from SWON Libraries Consortium will demonstrate how it works and then we will experiment and explore ways to unleash our creativity. We will have the Cameo in the MakerSpace all week so drop by any time to check it out. We are considering purchasing one for the MakerSpace so we need your feedback!

Want to see how it works? Check out this video:

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Silhouette CAMEO® :: Making Your First Cut!

Duration: (10:32)
User: silhouetteamericainc - Added: 6/13/13

YouTube URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plkDOaH2JEI

Want to see some projects made with a Cameo? Check this out:


1/26 Maker Monday: SPECIAL EDITION--Blender and 3D Printers!

Great news! For the next two weeks of Maker Mondays we will be exploring 3-D design and 3-D printers! Sophomore Ethan Kennedy will show us how to use the free, open source 3-D imaging software Blender and how to make your designs reality with a 3-D printer. It's two Maker Mondays you won't want to miss!

Check out these tutorials to get a head start: http://www.pinterest.com/1nsp1rational/blender-3d/

Contact Mrs. Colpi with questions (ecolpi@mariemontschools.org).

2/2 Maker Monday: Field Trip to Digital Video Room to Use the 3-D Printer

Join us after school in the Digital Video room (behind the auditorium) for a tutorial on printing 3-D designs on a 3-D printer with Mr. Valentine. No experience necessary...just come ready to learn!

Contact Mrs. Colpi with questions (ecolpi@mariemontschools.org).

2/9 Maker Monday: Stop Motion Animation Challenge

Stop motion animation has been around for over 100 years, but modern technology makes this movie making technique easier and more accessible than ever before. At the 2/9 Maker Monday, we will explore some methods and apps for stop motion animation and split into teams to see who can create the best stop motion animated video. No previous experience necessary to participate! We'll post the final creations on Warrior Watch and give prizes to best of the best.

*Note: If you have a camera, it will come in handy for this MakerMonday.

Not sure what stop motion animation is? Check out this video:

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What Is Stop Motion Animation and How Does It Work? | Mashable Explains

Duration: (2:29)
User: mashable - Added: 9/18/14

YouTube URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVjMFU11hVA

2/23 Maker Monday: More Stop Motion Magic

The Oscars are tonight, so it's appropriate that at tomorrow's Maker Monday we'll have "Lights, Camera, Action!" We've got at least one script storyboarded, and several characters created from clay. Time to start animating! Join us in the Library MakerSpace for the fun after school from 3-4ish.

While we're on the subject, check out these animation basics from the awesome website www.stopmotionanimation.com.

MakeyMakey Invention Kit

Several days throughout the year we have invented with the Makey Makey KIt.

Random crafting happening all the time!

3/1 Maker Monday: Musical Staircase

We're still in production on our stop motion animation projects, but for those of you not involved in these projects, we thought it might be fun to do a little something different this week. We thought it was about time we tried building that musical staircase we've been dreaming of. We'll supply the tin foil, the Makey Makey kit, and the staircase--you supply the creativity and conductivity. See you there.

Watch Video

Piano Stairs Makey Makey

Duration: (0:27)
User: woutmareen - Added: 8/19/14

YouTube URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xb1zmNxQFXE

4/13 Maker Monday: T-Shirt Transformations (All Week Long!)

At this week's Maker Monday, come learn cool ways to customize a tshirt, just in time for the warm weather! Using the Silhouette Cameo digital cutting tool (thanks MHS PTO for buying us one!) you can transfer your text and/or design to freezer paper, which makes a cheap and effective stencil. This stencil can be ironed on to a tshirt, and then you can use fabric paint or bleach to create your custom look.

We'll provide the cutting tool, the freezer paper, the paint, the bleach, and the know-how. You provide the tshirt and the ideas. We'll be working on this project all week, so if you don't have a tshirt for Monday, come on in and start your stencil anyway!

Check out Pinterest for inspiration!


Follow Emily's board Freezer Paper Stencils on Pinterest.

4/20 Maker Monday: 3D Printers in the Workplace with Board of Education Member Ken White

Join us for a very special guest speaker, BOE member Ken White, who will be visiting to discuss how 3D printing is transforming manufacturing in the workplace. In his third term on the Mariemont School Board, Mr. White earned his degree in Chemistry from North Carolina State University and has a background of careers in sales and marketing for manufacturing companies. Currently doing sales and marketing of a "nano-particle" silica product, Mr. White is an enthusiastic proponent of 3D printing and the way it is transforming the workplace. Come find out more about this exciting career path and to find out more about the new 3D printer kit that will arrive soon in the MHS MakerSpace!

4/27 Maker Monday: Light-up Pop Up Cards

Remember how fun pop-up books were when you were a kid? Making pop-cards for friends and love ones is fun too...especially when you can digitally cut out shapes and letters and light up the card with LED lights. Join us for this fun Maker Monday, and you'll walk away with a card to give to someone and a better understanding of simple circuits.



5/4 Maker Monday: 3D Printer Building

The MHS MakerSpace has a new addition--the Rostock Max v2 3D Printer! Today we will begin putting it together. The first stages don't require tons of technical know-how so don't be intimidated. Come be part of the process!

Rostock MAX v2 Intro

Rostock MAX v2 3D Printer Building