Month: October 2017

Halloween – Maker Style!

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays!  Especially when it comes to creating unique and memorable costumes.  I never fail to put together a minimum of two or three different costumes for various parties and, of course, a family theme for the big event of trick-or-treating.  My wardrobe of costuming has been growing since discovering the world of comic cons, anime, and cosplay in college – mixing comic culture, costuming, and role playing – be still my heart! Otakon in Baltimore, MD’s inner harbor was a favorite summer adventure with school friends.

I’m always in awe of amazing handmade items that can be found in Etsy’s Halloween Shop – a perfect place to pick up some crafty ideas for making your own creations.

This year I restrained myself to one couple’s costume and one family themed costume.  My husband and I got in touch with our German heritage as an Oktoberfest couple for outtings with friends and chose Toy Story for our family theme, featuring Rex and Jessie, with the help of our pint sized Buzzlight year, and we even helped one of those cute little alien’s escape from  The Claw at Pizza Planet. Due to lack of time, most of the costume bits and pieces were store bought this year, however, with the help of my Crafty Cousins I did manage to DiY most of the Jessie costume, including a Pinterest inspired Yarn Headband Wig! Sneak peek below!

Supplies I used for this Project:

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Jumping a little further in the world of 3D printing these days, one of my favorite sites, All3DP, came out with Top 13 Scary Things to 3D Print Halloween.  As a long time Mario fan, I’m loving Number 6, The Mario Boo container.  But Number 13 takes the win in my book, The Frankenstein Light Switch.  This is one I’d like to try for our home workshop, my boys would get a kick out of it!

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Maryland STEM Festival Kicks Off Next Week

Maryland STEM Festival Kicks Off Next Week

CECIL COUNTY — From Lego robotics and video games to NASA astronauts and agriculture, the Maryland STEM Festival events at Cecil County Public Libraries will have something for all ages and all interests.

Now in its third year, Maryland STEM Festival is a statewide program designed to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Over 500 events will be held at schools, libraries and other institutions throughout the state, including 22 events at county libraries. This year’s program, which has been extended from one week to two weeks, will take place from Tuesday, Oct. 31, to Nov. 12.

CCPL has been participating in the event since its inception and Katelyn McLimans, CCPL youth services coordinator, said the festival is an extension of the many STEM programs the library offers all year long.

“We see STEM as a way to engage children in critical thinking and problem solving and we know that STEM education introduces children and teams to a concept that can inspire them or motivate them to pursue future careers in STEM industries,” she said. “Participating in the STEM festival is just a way for Cecil County Public Library to highlight those programs that we’re doing and really engage the community to get excited and motivated around STEM education.”

The free programs are geared toward everyone from preschool to adults, McLimans said, and span all the library’s branches. Preschoolers can participate in Starlight Storytime: Code-A-Pillars, which takes place at the Elkton library on Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The program introduces kids age 3 to 5 to coding basics using code-a-pillars, McLimans said.

For kids age 7 to 11, there’s LEGO robotics, held at the Cecilton branch from 4 to 5 p.m. Nov. 8. As part of a partnership with the University of Maryland Extension program, kids can build a programmable LEGO robot using WeDo technology, McLimans said.

Teens meanwhile, can learn how to design their own video games as part of workshop led by Grunge Muffin Design, a local graphic design company, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday at the Elkton branch.

Then on Nov. 7, the whole family can get involved as part of the NASA Earth Science: Live Stream, which will be held from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. at the Rising Sun branch. During this event, families can participate in a live broadcast about NASA’s orbiting soil test observatory and a virtual question-and-answer session with a NASA scientist.

Finally, also on Nov. 7 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Elkton branch, adults can attend a science cafe about the cost of food. The program will be led by Caroline Bruce, a registered dietician at Union Hospital, who will explain how agricultural practices determine the price of foods and discuss the policies that make healthy food more expensive than foods with poor nutritional value.

This program is part of growing partnership between the library and Union Hospital, McLimans said, noting that Bruce also comes to the library to do diabetes coaching.

“It sort of evolved out of that,” she said.

To register for a Maryland STEM Festival event or for a complete listing, visit cecil.ebranch.info.

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