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Can you make a blacklight with your phone and markers?

Somewhere on the internet, whether it were Tumblr, or Facebook, or Twitter, or Pinterest or… you know just somewhere, I saw this little post about turning your phone camera into a black light. I know, I know, I thought the same thing. “That’s not how blacklights work.” You can’t just …

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ActivitiesBiologyNatureUncategorized

Must. Have. Morels.

I’ve spent a lot of time in my life trudging through underbrush. Getting poison ivy, countless scratches, bug bites, and covered in ticks. Why would I do this? What drives me back to this torture year after year? Morels… Delicious, delicious morels. And guess what. It’s that time of year …

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ActivitiesArt

WIP weekends – Medieval Coloring Book

This isn’t really my work in progress (besides coloring them in) but I had to share.  My friend Ben Nelson was at a library used book sale and something caught his eye: It was a very large book showcasing images of Medieval Brasses – ornamental memorial metal-works from a range of …

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ActivitiesCraftingElectronicsFeatured

LED all the things! Paper Tardis Edition

Following up on my recent post LED All The Things! you can make this cool LED Tardis with conductive tape.  Its super fun and only took about 20 minutes. I received my materials from Brown Dog Gadgets.  FYI I work for them part time, you can also find conductive tape …

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ActivitiesArtCraftingElectronicsFeaturedGeneral Art

LED all the things!

These days adding LED lights to art is easier than ever and doesn’t require a degree in electrical engineering.  Below are my favorite kits I use in STEM outreach with teens to LED ALL THE THINGS!   I have seen all of them used in elaborate art projects too. Circuit …

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ActivitiesFoodNatureUncategorized

Fungal Food: Chicken of the Woods

I’m going to start this post off with a warning: Never ever ever eat a mushroom you don’t know what is. Like, seriously; if you are 95% sure of what you are picking, put it back down and walk away or get somebody knowledgeable to help you figure out for …

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Show Us Your Ugly Things: LED Paper Jack-O-Lantern

Halloween is coming!  This marks the beginning of the sugar/dessert themed holidays. But really Halloween is about costumes and parties. And those parties must be decorated. I found this nifty lantern pattern and decided to turn it into a Jack-O-Lantern with an LED inside. My first two tries on the …

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ActivitiesFeaturedIllustration

New Paper Doll! The Metamorphosis of Maria Merian

Maria Merian was a seventeenth century entomologist who self-financed an insect finding expedition to the jungles of Surinam, and whose ecological approach to studying animals was centuries ahead of its time. Her illustrations are masterpieces of their kind. You can read her full story (part of MAL’s Women in Science series) …

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