Maker Club


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    Let's Be Creative!!


    Welcome back! This year our Maker Club will be started as a virtual club. Beginning on Monday October 5, 2020, you can click here to  find our Virtual Maker Club room. It is jam-packed with ideas for projects involving technology and  arts and crafts. Members are encouraged to share all of their work by  emailing Mrs. Somers photos or links to  your digital creations.

    In addition to the Maker Club room, I will be posting monthly maker club contests, just as we did last spring. See the contest page for more information. 







    June's Maker Club Challenge


    Calling all chefs! Our challenge this month is to design and test one of the following DIY cooking techniques. Send a picture or videos of your finished product to Mrs. Somers and earn a prize!

    * Please be sure to have parent approval and supervision before you begin!

    Carboard Box Oven

    Solar Oven

    Plastic Bag Ice Cream

    How To Turn A Cardboard Box Into An Outdoor Oven - YouTubePhoto of solar oven to make in this activity.Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag - iSaveA2Z.com

    Here are some links for inspiration and instructions

    Instructibles make a box oven

    Girl Scout box oven cooking

    Cardboard Box oven directions

    Pizza Box Solar Oven

    NASA's Solar S'Mores

    Food Network Ice Cream in a Bag

    Ice Cream in a Bag recipe



    Here are the entries submitted for this month's  Maker Challenge

    Contgratulations to

    Anthony Pernice and Shawn Ribeiro! 

    Click on their names to view their videos:

    Shawn                        Anthony





    Maker Projects for the Week of June 1st

    This week we will focus on daily engineering challenges.

    Don't forget to send Mrs. Somers pictures of your work.


    Tuesday: June 2nd" Tower Challenge:How to Use One Simple Material for a Highly Engaging Challenge ...

    Build the tallest tower possible using only the following supplies:

    • 12 index cards
    • scissors
    • tape




    Monday, June 1st:  Paper Cup Challenge          Amazon.com: AmazonBasics Compostable 8 oz. Hot Paper Cup, Pack of ...


    Can you create a cup that can hold as much as water as possible for at least 10 seconds from just one sheet of paper?




    Maker Projects for the week of May 25th


    Project #3:

    Twig craft inspiration: Check out this website for some other twig craft inspiration. Twigs Crafts

    I especially liked the stick mobiles, stick marionettes and "Stick-tac-toe"!




    Project #2: Twig Frame 



    Project #1: Nature Weavings


    Don't forget the Ping Pong Trick Shot Challenge deadline is Friday May 29th!

    See below for more details!






    Ping Pong Trick Shot Challenge


    The deadline for submission of  all Ping Pong Challenge videos is Friday, May 29, 2020. Have fun !


    Daily maker projects will resume on

    Tuesday, May  25th! 



    Our theme for the week of May 11th is our backyard!  I will post  activies that   you can do in your backyard or a project that you can put in your backyard.  Click on the picture below to find this week's project ideas. 




    Thank you Shawn Ribeiro for the amazing Chain Reaction Contest entry!




    Be a
    Maker, Innovator, Inventor, Engineer, Artist
    Let your creativity SHINE!
    For the next few weeks I will be posting daily ideas for STEAM related projects that can be done at home with a minimum amount of supplies.  If you decide to try any of these projects, please take pictures or videos and email them to Mrs. Somers at asomers@wlbschools.com. I will add them to our Maker photo gallery.
    Click HERE to see the photo gallery. 
    Click HERE to see videos of students' creations. 
    Week of April 27 Maker/Steam activities
    Since the weather should be nicer this week. The  Maker Challenge for this week is to create nature pictures or collages. Go outside and collect leaves, stones, flowers etc.. and use them to create a picture. Don't forget to send a picture to Mrs. Somers!
    Natural collage | Leaf collage, Dry leaf art, Nature collage   Nursery school kids art and craft project ideas Part 2 (nature ...  Kids Art: Flower Fairies & Other Colourful Collage Creatures
    Here is one created by Ray and Annael
    Week of April 20, 2020 Maker/STEAM Activities
    Earth Day Planet The - Free image on Pixabay
    On Wednesday of this week we celebrate Earth Day. In honor of this celebration, each day this week our Maker challenge will be to reuse or upcycle a different product that we might normally throw in the trash. Let's see how creative we can be! Don't forget to send Mrs. Somers a picture!
    Friday, April 24th:
    • For our last recycling project ,create something from a plastic container that you would find in your recycling bin. It could be a plastic bottle, yogurt cup, margarine container, or coffee pod. 
    Thursday, April 23rd:
    • Find a way to  make some spring flowers fro  old newspapers, magazines , or junk mail that  you probably have in your recylcying bins. 
    Wednesday April 22nd: Today is Earth Day!
    • Can you make something out of egg cartons to celebrate Earth day? See if you can create something from nature like an animal, insect, or flower. 

    Tuesday, April 21st:

    • What can you make from a cardboard tube? Can you make something that moves?



    Monday, April 20th: 
    • What can you make from a plastic lid? The lids can be any size, shape or color. 





    Wednesday, April 8, 2020
    Today's storytime read-aloud was about a bear and some honey bees. Bees are a very important part of our ecosystem and they are also the source of delicious honey. Learn more about how honey is harvested by watching this video:
    Then use the information at these two links to build your own bee hotel.
     Tuesday April 7, 2020
    It is a beautiful day today! It would be a great day to go outside. Today's STEM challenge is a nature scavenger hunt.  Download the scavenger hunt page below and go outside and see what you can find.  If you send a photo of the items you find, it will be posted to the photo gallery.
    Enjoy the sun today!
    Monday, April 6, 2020
    For today's challenge watch this short video and create your own bird kite. 
    Please note that I realize we don't all have  crafts supplies at home. I did not have a stapler, contruction paper, or a hole punch . So I made do without. I used tape instead of a stapler. I carefully used a pen to punch a hole and I used copy paper that I colored with markers instead of construction paper.   For string I used some kitchen twine but any kind of string or yarn will work.   Here is a picture of my kite.   Have fun flying yours!
    bird kite

    Friday, April 3, 2020
    Maze Garden Stock Illustrations – 438 Maze Garden Stock ...
    Today's storytime selection was The Tale of Peter Rabbit. In the story Peter had to weave his way through the maze, that was Mr. MacGregor's garden, in order to get back home to his family.  For today's STEAM challenge you are tasked with creating a maze. 
    It can be any type of maze. You could draw it. You can build it. You can create it on the computer. Be creative. Use recycled supplies from around the house. Create a maze for a marble, a ball, your pet, or for a person. If the rain lets up , go outside and create a maze in your yard.  The idea is to think outside the box.
    I look forward to seeing pictures of your designs! 
    Wednesday April 1, 2020
    Today's Story time theme is pets, so I have provided links for a variety of origami or paper craft activities relating to the theme of pets. 
    Don't forget to send Mrs. Somers a picture of your finished project!
    Tuesday, March 31, 2020
    The book I read in today's storytime video was called Piggies in Pajamas by Michelle Meadows.  In the story the piggies have a very unusual bed. It is a bunk bed that stacks 4 high with a tunnel over the ladder.  It inspired me for today's STEM challenge.  See if you can build a bed using only paper and tape that can hold more than one stuffed animal.  You can use any type of recycled paper like newspaper, magazines, copy paper,  old junk mail. 
    Monday, March 30, 2020
    Your challenge today is  make and fly a variety of paper airplane designs.  Check out these links for different types of paper airplanes.  Which plane flies the furthest? Can you design a plane that flies in loop-de-loops? Don't forget to send Mrs. Somers pictures of your planes. 
    Friday, March 27, 2020
    Your challenge today is to make a pop-up card. watch the video below and then use the links provided to create a card. During this difficult time many people could use a greeting card to either cheer them up or to say thank you for their service.   Take time today  to make a card and make someone's day a little brighter!
    Links for pop-up card directions:

    Thursday, March 26, 2020
    Your challenge today is a science and engineering challenge.  See if you can create a flotation device for one of your action figures or dolls. Watch my science experiment below to see if it helps you with your ideas. Send me a picture or video of your design. 
    Wednesday, March 25, 2020
    Tuesday, March 24, 2020
    Today's project is a paper loop STEM challenge. 
    Monday March 23, 2020
    Today's STEAM challenge is inspired by the book, The Three Billy Goats Fluff. (See the story time page  to hear this  fairy tale adaptation).  In the story the Three Billy GOats Fluff need to find a way to cross over the river to get to the fields of grass on the other side. The problem is a grumpy old troll loves under the bridge and he threatens to gobble them up if they keep bothering him with all their trip-trapping over the bridge.
    Your STEM challenge today is to see if you can use recycled objects from around your house to design a method for the goats to get to the other side of the bridge without bothering the troll. You can use any kind of recycled  materials for this projects; Some ideas might be: cardboard tubes, paper plates, egg cartons, cans, plastic containers, and plastic lids. You can also use craft  supplies, like yarn, string, glue and tape. Think outside the box to solve this problem.  You should ot just design another bridge. 
    Have fun designing and don't forget to send photos or videos of your finished project to Mrs. Somers!
    Check out Alice's design to help the billy goats cross the RIVER.
    Friday, March 20, 2020
    Create your own mini comic books!
    Thursday, March 19, 2020
    Blooming Paper Flowers
    Create beautiful paper flowers that will magically bloom when they are floated on water.  The only supplies you need are paper, markers, scissors, and a bowl or dish of water. See these sites for inspiration:
    Don't forget to send me pics of your beautiful flowers!
    Wednesday, March 18th:
    Check out Angelo's Thaumatrope!
    Today's project is an optical illusion called a Thaumatrope.
    Here are some links to websites that  offer directions or patterns so that you can create your own thaumotrope.  You only need some paper, tape, a pencil, scissors and crayonsor markers.
    I'd love to see a picture of your finished project!  Send pictures to Mrs. Somers at asomers@wbschools.com.
    Tuesday, March 17Today's project isth:
    See if you can build a trap to catch a leprechaun! Watch the video below. Build your trap then click on the green + sign below to create a video to show off your design.  There are some links below to give you ideas. 
     Links for ideas:

Last Modified on September 30, 2020