Snip, Snip, Snip. Kerchunk. Hahaha. Just some of the sounds of a successful Family Holiday Maker Night put on by Salmon Public Library. We had 75 people turnout for this wonderful event! Adults and children all got in on the action. From diving headfirst into Autodesk Tinkercad creating their own ornaments for the 3D Printer, to mobbing the button making station for a little holiday cheer, it was a constant pulse of activity reverberating throughout the room.
#STEM education showed up at several stations like, “What Does Christmas Look Like?” using a digital microscope so generously donated by Su Rolle to examine deer antlers, spruce twigs, and peppermint candies. Or, “How do Arctic animals stay warm?” demonstrating insulation with Crisco! We can’t leave out circuits and lighting Rudolph nose or playing jingle bells with Makey Makeyeither!
And for the #MakerEd out there we created fantastic paper wreaths, cloths pin ornaments, and showcased the Water Marbling effect on the 3D Printed snowflakes!
There were definitely standout moments for us facilitators during an event like this, beyond the smiles and glee’s of joy. I had a youth come back to me after designing his very first design on Tinkercad to ask he could do another. I thought, well, you can, but we’re so backed up in the queue, it’s going to be forever to get his to print. To which he said, no, “I want to teach my mom how to do it.” Sheer, joy!! There were a lot of “I can’t…” turned into, “Oh, that’s all it is, I can do that…” Amazing what a little maker magic can do!