Let’s Make Stuff


BLINK Studio Class Open House September 27

I’m fascinated by how things work. I remember watching a friend make an automaton using a cam and I was intrigued. How do they work? What can you use them for? And more importantly, what can I make using this technology?

The first step to answering any of those questions is to explore: make simple versions of different types of cams. You can see in the above photo that I’ve completed the first step. I’ve learned a lot about what a cam can do just by making samples. I’m ready to move on to the next step…

…which is to experiment. This is the step where magic happens. What can I make using a cam? Can I combine different cams to create something unique? Answering that question is on my to-do list this week.

And while I’m at it, I’ll be troubleshooting as problems occur. Failure is inevitable in the experimenting stage. It is also where a lot of the real learning occurs.

Finally, I’ll share what I learn with others. I document each step of the way through photographs, written instructions and then teach others.

This is the EETS mindset, and what we’ll be working on in the BLINK Studio Class Part 1

  • Explore: materials, tools, safety procedures and techniques.
  • Experiment: students expand their knowledge by working on student-led projects, either independently or in a small group.
  • Troubleshoot: this happens throughout as problems arise.
  • Share: students share their knowledge with each other either directly or through documentation.

Want to learn more about the class? Stop by our Open House on September 27, 6:30-7:30 at Highland United Methodist Church in Fort Thomas, KY. It’s free and open to everyone.

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