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So you've got a great group of kids and you've worked your way through the Hackerling Circuit, now what?
Here are some ideas and projects that other Guilds have done.
Long Term Projects
- Design your own boardgames
- Really get into design desicions and game play
- Then design the board and make all the pieces, custom dice? Sure why not!
- Prop replicas
- Pick an object from popular culture and try to recreate it
- The skill used by this are as varied as the creativity of the kids
- Halloween Costumes and decoration
- Really get into it.. go the extra mile; it's the maker's holiday
- Could be anything from Scratch to C
- Web design? Legos? Minecraft Mods?
- Something that will run on the Hackerling Circuit?
- As varied as the skills of the kids and mentors and the time you want to put into it
- Combat robot? Line follower? Two continuous rotation servos and the Hackerling Circuit?
- What is a robot anyway?
- Hammer and nails all the way to planing and joining
- Fire as a tool
- We did this as a Summer long series
- What is fire?
- How to start it and put it out, safely..all take turns with an extinguisher
- Fire dancing exhibition, flame thrower toys shown off (Demonstration only)
- Match rockets
- Sugar and salt peter smoke bombs
- Powdered coffee creamer explosions
- Vice grip a model rocket motor and watch it's stages
- Propane torches and copper pipe soldering
- Propane torches and glass bead making
- Propane torches and glass enameling
- Wood burning as art
- 2d to 3d
- Start with drawings in a vector graphics program and use the design (printed , laser cut, or traced) to build a three dimensional object from cardboard or plywood.
- Nerdy Derby
- Anything goes car racing!
- Leather working
- Access to a laser cutter makes cutting patterns and poking holes easy.
- Sculpting and lost wax casting
- There are many low temperature melting metals you can use for casting parts that don't require furnaces.
Short Term Projects
- Take something apart
- Start by talking about the object (usually ewaste or a garage sale find). What does it normally do? What parts would be needed to make that work? What do you expect to find inside? Are those buttons electronic or mechanical?
- Take it apart. What tools do you need? Does it look like it was made to be taken apart? Where did the manufacturer make it easy/hard? Could the inside be dangerous? How?
- What's inside? What's that do? What kind of part is that? Remember, you don't need to have all the answers. But help the kids ask the questions, including.. How could we find out?
- Anything with popsicle sticks and a glue gun
- Anything done for an Open Lab
- Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream