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Maker Madness

This summer, Zoe and I were thrilled to present three workshops at the Lincoln Children’s Museum. These workshops built on our Universal Design for Learning with embedded academic language by challenging participants to think, act, and talk like scientists and engineers.

First, during the Abracadabra camp, participants got to learn about the science behind bubbles and slime. We all got our hands dirty using household materials to make different kinds of bubbles (some were even edible!) and Kool-Aid colored and scented slime. You can check out our simple lesson plan here.


In these pictures, Brandy leads campers in making slime out of Metamucil, Kool-Aid, and water!


Who knew bubbles were serious—ly fun science? 🙂 Zoe leads campers in exploring different ways to make bubbles.

Next, we all became electrical engineers (and chefs :-)) for a day as we created Squishy Circuits dough, learning about the difference between conducting and insulating. The kids then turned the dough into awesome light up creations. Our simple lesson plan is here.

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Finally, we wrapped up with an oldie-but-a-goody, a making workshop using recyclables, tape, and glue to create Moon Buggies. The younger kids followed the directions step-by-step, while the older kids used their imaginations and knowledge of cars to develop their own creations. You can check out the lesson plan for the younger kids here and modify it as needed for more autonomy for older kids. Special shout-out to our helpers!

Just look at how much fun we had making Moon Buggies!

We’re looking forward to the fall when we will be making our Mad Scientist/Engineer Hour concept a monthly thing at the Lincoln Children’s Museum. Come join us!



I am a doctoral student at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, studying ESL education with an emphasis on Applied Linguistics, pedagogy, and special populations within TESL. I am a founding collaborator on the 21st Century Science Literacy project with Zoe Falls, in partnership with the Lincoln Children's Museum (

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