December 9, 2018

Jenga, LEGOS, K'NEX...Barrel of Monkeys...Kerplunk?  The list goes on! And yes, I grew up in the '70s.

Here's an activity you can try with just a few household items:

1) A few items to stack or pick up or move: cups, blocks or socks etc.

2) Rubberbands

3) String or ribbon


November 20, 2018

Some day we will all have hologram movies on a stage in our living rooms. But until than you can make a small holographic video image dance above your smart phone or i pad or...This design came from Make Magazine. Their version used empty CD cases but the kids at the M...

November 18, 2018

You can write on slime with a UV flashlight!  Make your favorite slime and mix in a 1/2 teaspoon of photo-chromic powder before you add your activator (borax or saline solution or stayflo). Stir well!

After writing on our slime we decided to make a "disappearing graffit...

June 2, 2018

Ever wonder what the tangible benefits are to fiddling around, making stuff and playing with materials and tools???

 Here's the official take---and it's music to the ears of every parent or person who's spent time building or creating without a perfectly finished projec...

November 12, 2017

Let's take our cardboard escape room and level up with bigger rooms in a permanent location: the front right side and adjacent 3D area of the Maker Lab!

We'll launch the project during this 3-day workshop using slightly more advanced materials: 1/8" plywood, drywall, fo...

October 24, 2017

What an incredible debut our escape room made at the East Bay Maker Faire!  The line of families to get in and escape EVER ended---and many lined up to experience a second or third time!  There were so many amazing engineering exhibits---fire balls, robots, hot air bal...

October 7, 2017

I'm so proud of the progress being made by the young designers and builders showing up these last few Saturdays!  We'll definitely have a fun escape experience to showcase at the East Bay Mini Maker Faire October 22!

September 17, 2017

Looking for serious makers and creative types who want to design and build an escape room experience in Walnut Creek!  What is an "escape room?"  It's more than a hot new entertainment trend popping up in every major city.  These are clever, interactive, theme based re...

September 16, 2017

Equal parts water and glue ---mix before you add food color (or paint)....Mix in a separate container a cup of warm water and a teaspoon of borax--mix well to disolve.

HERE"S THE SECRET: add just a spoonful of the water borax mix to glue water mix...maybe two but one at...

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