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Summer Update 2016

 June is almost over already!  I haven’t posted a review of Denver Comic Con 2016 and, if I’m being honest, I feel like 10 days later is just too far past it.  Suffice it to say, it was a complete blast.  We met so many interesting and funny people.  If I talked to you about education and/or lesson plans and gave you my card…email me!  We’ve got some stuff coming up I want to chat with you about!  You can see our con adventures on the Facebook page here. 

I do have to say a quick thank you to Anne Fellini and Pop Culture Classroom for hosting us as well as The Dale Tribe for featuring us on their vlog.  I was only going to watch a couple of their videos on YouTube and I’m totally addicted now.  As always, Russell and Eric Miller entertained and amazed in our booth again.  Eric was our booth wizard!  Isn’t he great?

We’ve still got so much cool stuff coming up this year too!  On July 8th and 9th we’ll be doing play testing and some fun activities in the Illuminate Your Mind booth at the Rhythm on the River Festival in Longmont, CO.  If you’re in the area you should really check out this free festival.  They’ve got great music, great beer and lots of family friendly activities.  We’re not selling at this event, but come play anytime between 5pm and 8pm either night. 

Did you know Fort Collins has its own Comic Con?  It’s getting bigger every year and this year we’re so proud to be part of it!  We can’t wait.  That’s August 27th – 28th in Fort Collins, CO.  You can get tickets here!

We’re on the lookout for some fun maker fair / holiday market events to do later in the year so I’ll keep you posted.  We’re ALSO in talks to get our production moved to Longmont as well.  So not only are we 100% made in the USA, but now we’ll be made in Colorado! 

Have a fun, safe and curvy summer everyone!!  Come see us!

STEAM Fest 2016

 

I feel like it’s almost too late for a post STEAM Fest review, but I’m going to do it anyway!  First of all, though, Happy Mother’s Day! 

The weather for STEAM Fest 2016 was cold and rainy (sometimes snowy), but that was ok!  Fortunately we were inside and the turnout was still really good.  Thank you so much to the Maker Bolder crew and all of the volunteers for running the show.  We appreciate you all so much! We have to give some love to Russell and Eric Miller for helping both days and agreeing to stick with us through our upcoming shows.  You guys are angels! Also, thank you to everyone that came out to play.  We had a blast, as always, and once again we saw some new and exciting things done with HyPars.

One of which was the top.  The basic flower shape made by filling all of the openings on a connector with HyPars facing the same direction has always been one of my favorites, it’s beautiful and elegant and if you spin it, works as a top.  On the very first day of STEAM Fest this year, someone put connectors on the top and bottom of the top opening.  This made it spin extremely well! (Pardon the blurry picture.)


As always, if something gets left on the table the people that come up next will likely build the same thing, or something similar, so we saw a lot of different tops over the weekend.  A few of us had some ideas with color as well.  I alternated red and blue in the slots so that when you spin it, it looks purple.  We tried a few other color combinations as well and they all worked as expected, until we got to blue and yellow.  One would think blue and yellow would make green when spinning, but it didn’t!  It made white.  Luckily, a very knowledgeable photographer happened to be standing next to me and he said that happened because blue and yellow are complementary colors.  There is definitely some more research to be done there!

These sorts of exercises are what we’re going to be writing in to our math and art lesson plans.  We’re working with a teacher now to write the basic plans over the summer and then we’ll design them in to kits and hopefully have them ready to test out by the end of the year, maybe early next year.

The idea is that these plans will work for groups of two or three students at a time and cover a whole class with pre-written lessons and worksheets that cover the common core standards.  We are so excited to start on this leg of our journey.

We have several more chances in the works for you to come check out Hypars and visit with us if you’re in Colorado.

June 17th – 19th Denver Comic Con

July 8th – 9th Rhythm on the River - Longmont

August 26th – 28th Fort Collins Comic Con

Have a great end of school year (if you're in to that sort of thing), enjoy the weather and keep it curvy!!