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CECIL-CON 2018 – TODAY, APRIL 14, 2018!

Gather your friends, capes, brooms, and card decks and head to Cecil-Con 2018 being held TODAY 10AM-4PM at Cecil College in North East, Maryland! Follow Happenings on Twitter @CecilCon_2018 and Facebook @CecilCon2018

Find details of all the exciting events & activities here, Cecil Con 2018

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Cheers! K4

STEAMpunk Cheer: 10 Post-Holiday Upcycle Crafts You Can REALLY Make!

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Hoping all of our STEAMpunks had a wonderful holiday season and are excited for all of the fun and opportunities 2018 has in store!  As we have been cleaning up from our holiday festivities, I have come across many items and ingredients that are just begging to be re-purposed.  The following craft ideas have been inspired by these holiday left overs as ways to up-cycle and incorporate them into fresh projects and activities that can ACTUALLY be done, relatively painlessly and best of all, cost effectively!

1. Wine Cork Decor & Activities: Round up all those wine corks to make some unique home decor projects – How to Build It’s article, 30 Ridiculously Clever Things You Can Make with Wine Corks offers some great suggestion from jewelry, and planter labels to stamps, figurines, photo holders, and much more!
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2. Homemade Salt Decor: Put your left over baking flour to good use! Whip up a quick batch of Simple Salt Dough using the recipe below to keep busy for hours.  Some ideas to create and bake include Impression and Cut-Out Ornaments, Hand prints, Picture Frames, and Jewelry Dishes.

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3. Play Dough: Homemade play dough is another excellent use for those left over baking ingredients.  Visit Paging Fun Mums! for a great recipe that takes only 5 minutes and requires no cooking – a helpful video tutorial has been included.  This play dough will last a good while if stored in an air tight container.
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4. Garden Lightning Bugs:  Some garden wire and a couple washers will bring new life into those old holiday light bulbs! Check out these awesome Garden Lightning Bugs found on Pinterest.
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5. Holiday Card Gift Tags:  Turn your holiday cards into next year’s gift tags.  Getting ready to do this one myself! I grabbed the Fiskars tag punch linked below, just came in the mail today and works great punching cleaning through greeting cards, also includes a grommet installer and small bag of grommets to get you started!

6. Festive Music CD Signage: Need a use for old music CDs? Turn them into signage with some scrapbooking paper (can use acrylic paint or cut out lettering), and tie them up or attached to mounted backing to make an updated piece of home decor.
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7. Knitter’s Ornament:  Have any yarn leftover from gift projects?  Consider making ornaments from the yarn for a special added memory of your projects.
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8. Peppermint Platter & Shot Glasses: Planning to give this a try using our left over candy canes as we still have a few gatherings to attend. Make some favorite desserts, like cookies or brownies, arrange on a peppermint platter, tie up with festive cellophane for a pro baker look.  Put together your favorite dessert adult beverage or milk for the little ones in homemade candy cane shot glasses!
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9. Woodslice Labels & Name Placards: Chalkboard paint turns some firewood into unique ornaments, labels, or signage!
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10. Bound Holiday Card Collections: Prefer to store and collect your holiday cards as keepsakes? Consider using binder rings to create collectible volumes of greeting card memories – make some personalized covers to create annual card keeper binders!
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Did any of these ideas help lead you to creatively repurpose some of those holiday items that may have ended up tossed aside?  Share your projects and your own ideas for re-purposing holiday leftovers with us!

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NEW! Event & Opportunities Calendar

STEAMpunks.online strongly supports that community engagement and collaboration is a pathway to increasing opportunities for growth and creativity in connecting art and design to traditional STEM activities and curricula.

An Event & Opportunities Calendar has recently been added to [STEAMpunks.online]!  Follow us for frequent updates on STEAM related events, creative outlets,  notices for involvement in maker community collaboration, and opportunities for academic/research engagements on all levels of creative learning.

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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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STEM + ART = STEAM

Welcome to STEAMpunks.online, a blog inspired by the Revolution of STEM + ART = STEAM. The STEAM movement, championed by Rhode Island School of Design (RSID) has been widely adopted by institutions, corporations, and individuals.  The objectives of the STEAM movement are to 1) Transform research policy to place Art + Design at the center of STEM 2) Encourage integration of Art + Design in K-20 education 3) Influence Employers to Hire Artists and Designers to Drive Innovation

STEAMpunks.online strongly believes that incorporating creativity and STEAM focused initiatives into collaborative working environments has the potential to significantly increase morale, engagement, and opportunities for innovation.

{steam.punk}
[n.] A style of design that combines historical elements with anachronistic technological features inspired by science fiction.

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SCIENCE : TECHNOLOGY : ENGINEERING : ART & DESIGN : MATHEMATICS

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