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Happy Hexaflexagon Month – The Wired Homeschool

YouTuber Vi Hart has been releasing a series of videos on hexaflexagons. Hexaflexagons are flat strips of paper that can be folded to to reveal six faces (or sides) of the original 2-sided strip. It’s a hard concept to visualize but Vi’s videos do a great job of showing you what I can’t explain with my broken fingers.

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Build a Simple Circuit from a Pizza Box (No Soldering)

When I find simple, creative ways to teach electronics to my kids I get excited. I found this simple project that will cost under $10 and teach your kids about circuit design without having to burn the tips of your fingers on a soldering gun.

Watch the video below and then head over to Instructables to get detailed instructions on building this fun project.

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WHS 62 – Champlain Mini Maker Faire Report – The Wired Homeschool

Despite the rain, cold and wind, the Champlain Mini Maker Faire sparked the interests or young people to create, invent, and innovate.

After a two and one-half hour drive to Shelburne, VT I arrived at the Maker Faire ready to be inspired. I thought for sure that the rain would keep away the crowds but it was packed! People were milling around checking out the booths. In many places people were shoulder-to-shoulder checking out demonstrations from makers all over Vermont.

Some of the more popular attractions that afternoon were the rocket launches and pumpkin/watermelon chuckin’. Watching controlled explosions and fruit fly 500′ into Lake Champlain caused quite a commotion.

Not to be outdone, many makers dealt with crowds around their tables all day. The lock-picking table, robot teams, and more spent as much time down crowd management as demonstrating their skills.

Listen in as I share about the highlights on the day.

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Champlain Mini Maker Faire in Vermont This Weekend – The Wired Homeschool

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The Champlain Mini Maker Faire is a great opportunity for homeschoolers in the Northeast who can’t get to Maker Faire in New York City to hang out and learn about engineering, science, and technology. Via GeekDad –

On Saturday, September 29, the first-ever Champlain Mini Maker Faire will take place at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont. Put together by aerospace engineer and Vermont Education Coordinator Doug Webster, President the National Association for Workforce Improvement, the Faire will be a showcase for the DIY community in the Green Mountain state.

The new Faire is off to a big start. Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway and founder of the FIRST robotics competitions will be arriving by helicopter to give the keynote speech. The theme of the day is flying, and there will be balloons, blinkies, quadrocopters, and much more. More than 40 Makers, hacking collectives and companies are expected to be exhibiting, including Vermont Makers, theVermont Technology Alliance, and Burlington-based hackerspace Laboratory B.

I’m going to try and be there this weekend. Tickets in advance for adults are $12, $14 at the door. Kids 12-17 get in for $8 in advance, $9 at the door. Kids under 12 are free. For more information and to purchase tickets visit the Champlain Mini Maker Faire website.

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