Megan Hemmings

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Inspiring Teen Inventions

BY Megan Hemmings 10/16/18 6:33 AM

STEM student projects

Seemingly everyday there is a new invention announced to the world. While these range in scope from world-changing to the simply practical, they all have one thing in common - a person (or group of ... Continue reading

LED Color Mixing with the SparkFun Inventor’s Kit

One of the best things about the SparkFun Inventor’s Kit (SIK) is that the parts are completely reusable. The projects outlined in the included guidebook don’t require any soldering, allowing the ... Continue reading

Electronics Bucket List

BY Megan Hemmings 7/5/18 6:36 AM

getting started

Recently, one of my friends shared a picture of her annual bucket list that she created for her birthday. This got me thinking about all the things I continually tell myself I want to try and then ... Continue reading

The Thrill of the First Make

Over the years, I’ve had the chance to give a few different techniques a try - from building circuits to soldering to 3D printing. Each time, learning a new skill thrilled me and brought a sense of ... Continue reading

Ways to Support Making in the Classroom

As maker education becomes more and more popular and the benefits become more widespread, many educators are looking for ways to support making in their own classroom but don’t know where to start. ... Continue reading

What is a Potentiometer?

 If you want to create a project with a variable element - such as light or sound- chances are, you’re going to need a potentiometer. But what is a potentiometer and how do they work?... Continue reading

Unexpected Jobs That Use Computer Science

While not all students will end up pursuing careers in computer science, it is still be a good idea for all students to learn the basics. More and more seemingly unrelated careers are now using basic ... Continue reading

Lessons Learned from Magic School Bus

On a recent day of catching up on my reading, I stumbled upon an article by Amanda Baker titled, “Recognizing Ms. Frizzle's Own Magic.” In the article, Ms. Baker talks about how she doesn’t remember ... Continue reading

5 Projects to Make With Your Students Using Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi is a great tool for teaching students both physical computing and programming. A powerful microprocessor, Raspberry Pi can be used for anything from building your own computer to ... Continue reading

What is a Photoresistor?

So you have an idea for a project, but it requires the end product to react to the light around it...whatever will you do? Luckily there is a simple component that can be used to make this happen: a ... Continue reading