Open T|E|A Room: Rainbow Loom

Miss Krishna, Miss Claire & Miss Liz in Rainbow Loom form
Miss Krishna, Miss Claire & Miss Liz in Rainbow Loom form

Open T|E|A Room 4:30 - 5:30 Wednesday June 4

Attention Grades 3 - 6! 

Have you run out of ideas with your Rainbow Loom?

Do you need help starting or finishing a project?

Have you found a design that requires two looms hooked together?

Join us June 4th from 4:30 - 5:30 pm

Browse our guidebooks for inspiration!

Try our new MONSTER TAIL Rainbow Loom!

**Grades 3 - 6**

Makey Makeys

Image courtesy of flickr user Jay Silver
Image courtesy of flickr user Jay Silver

The Children's Library recently conducted a T|E|A Room class with Makey Makeys, which are a type of invention kit. Users can turn anything and everything into a keyboard or buttons. Our intrepid group of 5th and 6th graders created a variety of fun projects, including a Banana Piano.

The Makey Makey is a small computer chip that communicates between a computer and an object. The computer can't tell the difference between the Makey Makey and itself, and registers all movements as a part of the computer. It's especially fun because users can turn anything into part of a keyboard, which is how we made our Banana Piano and other fun projects!


Intro to Coding with Hopscotch

The Hopscotch App is totally free!
The Hopscotch App is totally free!

Our first Intro to Coding program in the T|E|A Room was largely successful due to the simplicity of Hopscotch

Hopscotch is an app specifically designed to teach kids how to code. It's kid-friendly design and usability made it the perfect tool for teaching a class of kids Grades 3 to 6. 

There are Hopscotch video tutorials online, so teaching a session on coding can be a possibility for any new coder. 

LED Throwies

Students making LED Throwie Animals
Students making LED Throwie Animals

Last week we made LED Throwies using a few basic materials: LEDs, lithium batteries, rare earth magnets and electric tape. 

It was easy to construct both for our 3rd/4th grade group, as well as the 5th and 6th grade group.

Some of the activities we tried were creating an ultra-large throwie with all our creations, playing a competitive throwie toss, and making LED animals. 

All of the materials can be found at a hardware store and kids of various ages can enjoy this "illuminating" activity. 

Squishy Circuits

Squishy Circuit Kits in the T|E|A Room
Squishy Circuit Kits in the T|E|A Room

Kids in the T|E|A Room were introduced to the basics of circuitry by using Squishy Circuit Kits. The librarians even brushed up on their Science skills and made both conductive and insulating dough for the project. 

To try Squishy Circuit projects at home there are a variety of video tutorials provided by University of St. Thomas School of Engineering. 

 

Marble Machines

A Marble Machine
A Marble Machine

We challenged our TEA Scouts to make Marble Machines out of an assortment of materials on October 1 and 2. Check out the creations here!

 

Banana Tattoos

Banana Tattoos!
Banana Tattoos!

Take a look to see how budding "tattooists" decorated their bananas on September 24 and 25!

Cardboard Challenge

Cardboard robot rides in a cardboard car.
Cardboard robot rides in a cardboard car.

On Saturday, September 21, a team of intrepid young engineers came to the library to show of their cardboard creation skills. Check out what wonders we designed!

Moving Toy Papercraft

Funky Fox Man
Funky Fox Man

Look at what fantastic Franken-creatures our young TEA Room-ers created this week duing Moving Toy Papercraft on September 17 and 18! 

Make A Spinbot!

Spinbots in the TEA Room
Spinbots in the TEA Room

Last week on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 10 and 11, the TEA Room hosted two Spinbot classes. Check out what our ambitious young engineers put together and the resulting art from their Spinbots!

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