A Great Year for SmartMakers and New Programs for 2016

SMARTMAKERS joined the buzz of the WORLD MAKER FAIRE in New York in September! We mingled with thousands of creative inventors of all ages, and taught a math art project at our table.

 

We've been looking back at photos from the SmartMakers 2015 camp and remembering all the fun projects that came out of our summer sessions. What a blast it was watching the impromptu skits the kids put on using props they built and costumes they created!  The group rendition of “Mama don’t Wear no Socks” led by Ryan was a Grammy deserving hit.

We had a great group of kids with lots of talent. A number of stringed instruments were invented from discarded buckets, string and wire. A dragon built from deconstructed cardboard boxes had strings attached to enable him to dance.  In the art studio mosaics were made as well as decoupage and Plexiglass sun catchers.

We explored propulsion with balloon powered cars, carbon dioxide powered squid, paper plane launchers and pom-pom shooters. All in all, it was an amazing summer and we can’t wait to start up again.

This year we will be offering a number of Engineering Challenge Days starting in January. These are scheduled on days that MCPS are closed. Each day will explore a different topic: explore simple circuits, build projects using a simple hydraulic system, and experiment with propulsion and momentum.

SmartMakers hit the road and participated in the World Maker Faire in New York City in September. The faire was a wonder, attended by thousands, and filled with science, technology, and math creativity. The SmartMakers’ booth was visited by families and folks of all ages. We constructed three dimensional tetrahedrons and spheres from paper and returned home full of inspiration and energy.

We're looking forward to an exciting 2016!