Build of the Week: K’nex and littleBits Laser Cannon

  There’s something about teenage boys and an obsession with weapons and war-games.  My students had been building all sorts of crazy machine guns lately, so I decided to try to harness that interest by challenging them to create laser-cannons.  We combined several different littleBits with the guns made out of K’nex to create different … Read more

Stewart Cardboard Challenge Wrap-up

For the month of October, our after-school STEAM Maker Club has been focusing on the Cardboard Challenge.  We started off by watching the short film on Caine’s Arcade together.  If you haven’t seen it, watch it right now: My students were inspired by all the amazing games made by Caine, and immediately started working on … Read more

Build of the Week: The Best Game Ever

This week, I introduced my after-school STEAM club to the Cardboard Challenge.  When I first told them we were going to be building games from cardboard, my teens were skeptical.  All their brainstorming ideas at first involved coding and electronics.  Then we watched Caine’s Arcade and they were entranced.  Suddenly, the ideas started pouring out … Read more

Recent Epic LEGO builds

I’m starting up a new regularly occurring segment on Renovated Learning where I’ll share some of the awesome stuff my students have been making over the past week.  I’m still trying to figure out exactly what to call it (Build of the Week? Project of the Week? Feature Friday?) so if you have any suggestions, … Read more

My Orlando MakerFaire Experience

Last weekend, I went to my first ever official MakerFaire in Orlando.  This was Orlando’s first year of having a fully-fledged MakerFaire and not just a MiniMakerFaire, and it was receiving a lot of attention.  I was particularly excited about the Educator’s Forum on Saturday, so I got up early on the weekend, made the … Read more

How to Build an Epic LEGO Wall

How to Build an EPIC LEGO Wall | Follow along with this detailed tutorial to create your very own EPIC LEGO Wall. Great for libraries, makerspaces, classrooms, bedrooms, offices or anywhere awesome. Bonus printable in post too! |

If you’re the type of person who loves to print instructions out, I’ve created a printable pdf just for you  🙂   Click here for a free download!   Building an EPIC LEGO WALL This post is a tutorial on how to build your own Epic LEGO Wall.  I’ve had many, many people ask me … Read more