I run a regular program at WPL called “Discover DIY” (formerly known as “Mini Makers”) for children aged 2-4. Each week I set up and run 1-2 new activities with the kids, interspersed with some story time.
Recently, I had an idea for a program for the kids where I could use up some scrap wood from my workshop. I would cut the wood up into regular-sized pieces, and give the kids instructions to make cars with them. I brought in some thin dowel to use as axles, some thick dowel pre-cut into thin strips and drilled with holes for wheels, and I brought in a power drill to make axle holes wherever the kids wanted with my help.
I was pleasantly surprised with the variety of the creations. These are kids aged 2-4, while they all have an idea of what a car is, it isn’t as cut-and-dry a definition as what an adult would have if you asked them to create a new car. Below is a sampling of the results of the kids’ work: Read more
3D design and printing blows my mind, and not for the sheer awesomeness of what people have done with 3D printing, from shoes to cars to organs to food. Oh no. What blows my mind is just how easy it is to go from a need or idea to an actual, finished thing. In some cases, just 20 minutes. Read more
I wrote in a previous post about my first attempt at designing a pull-back racer. Being the over-engineered design it was, I took a shot at simplifying it for use in workshops and educational purposes. Read more
I recently offered a workshop at WPL for kids where we made wind-up, or pull-back, racers. Instead of the standard cardboard bodies, which in testing I felt bent far too easily, I opted to quickly design and laser-cut some basic frames made out of 6mm MDF the kids could attach their parts onto. Read more