Family Make Night: Screenprinting

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For July’s Family Make Night, families had the opportunity to decorate their own t-shirts by learning how to screenprint! This is the first time we’ve done this for a Family Make Night, and the first time that I have led a Family Make Night event.

Each family was able to design their own t-shirt with pre-cut vinyl stencils that we had prepared ahead of time. They applied the stencils onto screenprinting frames and then squeegeed ink which transferred their design onto the shirt.  

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In preparation, we cut over 250 vinyl stickers and made 10 frames which took weeks of work, but it all paid off in the end when we were able to see the excitement of the families while they were making!

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If you missed out on this Family Make Night, instructions and a tutorial that you can follow along to can be found hereYou can also see more photos from the event by visiting our Flickr page.

About Family Make Night:

Family Make Night is our monthly family-focused workshop. These workshops are designed for families up to 6 people (including at least one adult) to work together on a project. There are sample projects to work from and all materials needed to complete the project are provided. Each month is a different theme and project. Learn More about Family Make Night

Upcoming Family Make Night: Screenprinting

Join us on 7/19 to explore Screenprinting. This is a great project for family members of all ages and one of our newest projects at DHF.

RSVP here

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Each family will get to make their own screenprinted t-shirt. We will be using fabric ink and vinyl to make a cool personalized t-shirt!

Doors Open: 6:30pm; Arrive by 7:30pm to complete the activity.

PLEASE NOTE: We request that you bring a t-shirt, DHF will not provide any shirts. Thank you!

For more details and to RSVP, check out our Meetup page – Family Make Night: Screenprinting

Family Make Night: Laser-cut Lanterns

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For Digital Harbor Foundation’s May Family Make Night families learned how to create their own custom laser-cut lanterns! By using a vector drawing software called Inkscape families were able to follow a tutorial on our Family Make Night website to create a custom lantern.

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Seeing everyone’s face light up with excitement as their lantern started to cut on the laser cutter reminded me of how excited I was the first time I saw the CO2 laser start to engrave and cut through something. Even more satisfying is the fact that these young makers made their own creations and ideas come to life! Check out some more pictures of the event on our Flickr page.

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This Family Make Night was an experiment in using the laser cutter for the first time with such a large group of people. Even though everyone was not able to walk away with a lantern in hand (because of the queue) everyone was able to have their lanterns available for pick up a few days later. With this successful integration of the laser cutter under our belts, be sure to keep an eye out for more laser cutting projects down the line for you and your family to participate in.

For more information checkout our Family Make Night website here: www.familymakenight.org

May 2016 Family Make Night: Lasercut Lanterns

In May, we are very excited to introduce laser cutting to our Family Make Night participants!

Join us for May Family Make Night to design your own lanterns. We will be making digital designs for our lanterns and then using the laser cutter to add our designs to paper lanterns.

RSVP here

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Each family will get to make their own Paper Lantern using the laser cutter. You will use a computer design software tool called Inkscape to create your own custom designs and then work with DHF staff to use the laser cutter to cut your design from your lantern.

Doors Open: 6:30pm; Arrive by 7:30pm to complete the activity.

PLEASE NOTE: We request that you do not plan to arrive before 6:30pm at the earliest as our afterschool programs do not wrap up until then. Thank you!

For more details and to RSVP, check out our Meetup page – Family Make Night: Lasercut Lanterns.

Family Make Night Returns

After a bit of a delayed start in 2016, we are very excited to kickoff our Family Make Night program in April!

Join us on April 26th to explore art-making robots with our Art Bots project. This is a great project for family members of all ages and one of our favorites at DHF.

RSVP here

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Each family will get to make their own Art Bot using simple electronic components and household items. Your Art Bot will then be used to create it’s own unique drawings!

Doors Open: 6:30pm; Arrive by 7:30pm to complete the activity.

PLEASE NOTE: We request that you do not plan to arrive before 6:30pm at the earliest as our afterschool programs do not wrap up until then. Thank you!

For more details and to RSVP, check out our Meetup page – Family Make Night: Art Bots.

Family Make Night Recap: 3D Printed Cookie Cutters

 

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Our featured activity for November’s Family Make Night was 3D Printed Cookie Cutters. This is always one of our more popular activities, and is a nice treat for our staff since this was the very first Family Make Night we ever hosted! Every year it feels like a milestone – and this year was no different!

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For this project, families worked together to create custom cookie cutters using Cookie Caster which were then 3D printed. Each of our families was able to create multiple unique cookie cutters for use in their holiday baking or gift-giving! It is always a lot of fun to see the variety in objects and to see the excitement when families come back the next day to pick up their finished prints.

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In years past, we have struggled to keep up with the printing demands, sometimes dragging printing out over the course of multiple days, but we were ready this year! And so was our printing queue! We had 45 people in attendance who created a total of 66 individual cookie cutters that took 2,493 minutes to print on 17 3D printers – wow! The first year we hosted this event, we only had 4 printers!

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This is one of our favorite Family Make Night activities and definitely a highlight of our year. This year we were really proud to offer this event as part of the Maryland STEM Festival.

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We would also like to give a special thanks to MECU, Baltimore’s Credit Union and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts for helping to make this event possible.

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You can see more photos from the event by visiting our Flickr page: Family Make Night – November 2015

 

Family Make Night Recap: Spooky Stop Motion

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Our October Family Make Night took place last week and we had so many engaged and enthusiastic families participate! Our project for this event was a totally new one for us – Spooky Stop Motion, which was a perfect fit for Halloween week.

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For this project, participants created Halloween themed shadow puppets and scripted out short stories using their shadow puppets. Once all the puppets and props were prepared, each family used the iStopMotion app on the iPad to create their own short stop motion movie.

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Families had a great time working on this project together and spent a lot more time designing and creating their shadow puppets than we anticipated. It was great to see how detailed their scripts ended up being when we asked them to storyboard their ideas before filming. Their creations were awesome, even before they filmed their movies!

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We were inspired by this blog post from MyKidsAdventures.com to use a clothing rack as your shadow puppet “stage”. So we removed the white boards from our Z-Racks and used white bulletin board paper to cover them as our “stage”. We used some simple work lights from Home Depot to shine behind the stage to create our shadows.

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Overall, we really enjoyed seeing the creativity and imagination our participants shared through their projects for this event and we can’t wait to run this project again! If you’d like to learn more about Shadow Puppet Stop Motion and how to make your own,  you can find the tutorial on our Family Make Night website: Shadow Puppet Stop Motion Project Guide

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You can also see more photos from the event by visiting our Flickr page: Family Make Night – October 2015

 

 

 

Family Make Night Recap: Galaxy Bots

 

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Our September Family Make Night event took place during Baltimore Innovation Week last week and we had a fantastic turnout! Our project for this event was Galaxy Bots – part spin art, part light painting robots. We had 56 people in attendance at the event, despite the heavy rain, and filled our space with awesome hands-on making for a few hours.

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Families in attendance had a great time working together to assemble their Galaxy Bots and experiment with using them to create pieces of spin art as well as learning about how to create light paintings with them. We used our NanoLab to create a dark room for the light painting and captured some really great light paintings!

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If you’d like to learn more about Galaxy Bots and how to make your own, you can find the tutorial on our Family Make Night website: Galaxy Bots Project Guide

You can also see more photos from the event, by visiting our Flickr page: Family Make Night – September 2015

Our next Family Make Night event will be held on Wednesday October 28th and we will be making Spooky Stop Motion videos. Learn more + RSVP here!

Ultimate Family Make Night is here!

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We are so excited about our Ultimate Family Make Night event happening tonight at the Tech Center! We have a great selection of projects we are thrilled to share with our community at this special edition Family Make Night.

It’s not too late to join us for Ultimate Family Make Night! Find all the information and RSVP on Meetup.

However, we are even MORE excited that a few other organizations have joined in with us to host a Family Make Night-like event at their sites throughout the week. We are happy to have other joining in with a mission to help families make awesome things together.

The events listed below are all taking place throughout the Baltimore County Public Library system at various locations. We encourage all of you to check these events out if they are close to you. You can also follow along on social media with all of our events with the hashtags #ultimateFMN, #weekofmaking, #nationofmakers on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

 

Family Make Night
All Ages (Children under 8 with adult)
Join us for a special Family Make Night! Come in with your family and create stomp rockets to blast off as we celebrate the National Week of Making! No registration required.
Randallstown Library
Tuesday – June 16, 2015 – 6:30 pm

Family Make Night
All Ages (Children under 8 with adult)
Join us for a special Family Make Night! Come in with your family and create stomp rockets to blast off as we celebrate the National Week of Making! No registration required.
Woodlawn Library
Tuesday – June 16, 2015 – 6:30 pm

Makerspace Mondays
School Age
Flex your creative muscles while exploring technology, science and art. Registration required.
Rosedale Library
Monday – June 15, 2015 – 4:00 pm

Week of Making Extravaganza!
School Age
In celebration of the Week of Making, come to Hereford branch this afternoon and try your hand at Circuitry! We will have three stations set up for you to choose from: Paper Circuits, Squishy Circuits, and Snap Circuits. Registration suggested.
Hereford Library
Thursday – June 18, 2015 – 2:30 pm

Family Coding Camp
Design and invent together using creative tools like Scratch and MaKey MaKey.
You’ll learn to program your own games, animations, and stories.
Registration required. (THIS CAMP SERIES IS FULL.)
Catonsville Library
Saturday – June 13, 12:00pm

Upcoming Family Make Night: May 26

Join us for May Family Make Night to make Paper Rockets and explore principles of flight!

May Family Make Night will take place on Tuesday, May 26 at the Tech Center. Doors Open: 7pm, Arrive by 8:00pm to complete the activity.

To RSVP, please visit this page: Family Make Night: Paper Rockets

Each family will learn to make straw rockets and larger paper rockets. We will also show you how to make your own launcher at home and use our SUPER LAUNCHER to blast our paper rockets into the sky!

This event will occur rain or shine!

Ideal Participant:

• Aged 4+ (An adult must be with each group)

Skills Needed:

• Coloring
• Cutting

Time Required:

• Instruction – 10 minutes

• Activity – 30 minutes

• Launching Fun – 20 minutes

• Doors Open: 7pm

• Arrive by 8:00pm to complete the activity

For parking and location info visit:http://old.digitalharbor.org/visit-us/

We hope to see you there!