Health Insurance

Dear fellow New Yorkers struggling with health insurance: The NY specific web page is nystateofheatlh.ny.gov It is much more user-friendly than healthcare.gov.  There is one confusing section: In the “current insurance” section it asks for your carrier and policy number – but not all carriers are available on their drop-down list.  If you cannot find…

Experiments for the week

The cold, dry air wreaks havoc on my skin, so I decided to experiment with my own skin treatment.  The balm I made is a chapstick consistency which melts to a liquid at body temp.  Absorbs slowly but leaves skin feeling soft for hours. Recipe In a foil-lined pot over medium heat, melt: 1 oz…

Makery Pop Up Week a smash

People loved the pop up!  Both in the Lower East Side location and Harlem.  See pics here! Harlem featured  an interactive sound and light installation, balloon music, mini draw-bot, and more. I had a lot of fun teaching paper circuits with Hsing, introducing kids to the Makey Makey with Jon, manning the Open House days,…

Electronic Pop-Ups

We have a pop-up card at our pop-up maker space!  It is a clever interactive piece designed by Hsing Wei and fabricated by Filipa Tomaz. I learned many tricks for working with cardboard and copper tape while debugging our prototype. 1.  How to solder onto copper tape. Tip: Use every option to keep your component…

STEM Education

I have been working with HTINK and NYC Makery since this summer and I am really excited about what we are doing!  Over the summer there was a 2 week Makery pop-up with all-ages classes on 3D printing, paper circuits, lego hacking, and so much more.  Another pop-up will spring up December 9th on the Upper…

Google Map beginnings

I am working on a project for a group that has helped put a special kind of WTC memorial around New York.  I’ve never tried Google Maps before, but I’m finding this tutorial very helpful.  And of course Google’s developer pages. Google hosts small projects in the cloud, which makes experimenting with things like the…

Experience Concept

The Google Database Lookup Flight Club You sign up to be given a ticket to fly to a mystery destination at a moment’s notice.  You get a mini scavenger hunt to carry out when you arrive.   Then you fly back with the results and return them to your handler, who will display them in…

Maker Faire!

Build Explore Learn Create Make These are the tenets on which the Maker Faire is founded Adrian and I attended the Maker Faire today at the NY Hall of Science in Flushing.  Hooray!  Today I volunteered with the American Museum of Natural History booth as an Explainer for the 3D printers.  We had a row…

I think I can, I think I can…

I just started working with HTINK‘s K-12 after school program in two Brooklyn elementary schools!  I teach alongside Jon Santiago twice a week.  We present a 3D modeling and printing class that uses a Makerbot, and game design and creation using Scratch.