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Maker Faire at NY Hall of Science September 17-18, 2011

September 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Passing along this email flyer from The Quad. Would love to go if it wasn’t James’s birthday this weekend:

“My name is Joe Hudy. I have Asperger Syndrome. I’m 14 years old. I want to be an engineer someday. I love to build and experiment with things. I like to solder, build with electronics, program and invent things. I even have my own workshop in our house. I love Maker Faire. Maker Faires are awesome. Everyone should go to one once in their life.”


Maker Faire is coming to New York, and The Quad will be there to explore, learn, and revel at this fabulous festival

of Do-It-Yourself creativity!

On Saturday September 17 the Quad Saturday Half-Day Camp will visit Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens.


Maker Faire is a fantastic gathering of Makers of all ages and abilities working with materials ranging from raw wool to microprocessors! We invite all Quad families to come out for this spectacular event!

Exhibiting at the Faire with their creative work will be two of our teaching artists, Ed Bear and Sofy Yuditskaya!


Some of the other exhibits we are looking forward to:

The Deconstruction Zone! 

Use different tools to crack open, take apart, and see the components that make up computers, video players, stereos and all kinds of electronics.


Life-Size Mousetrap Game! 

the classic board game miniature turned into a life-size spectacle!


Brooklyn Aerodrome!

Fly remote control planes and build your own planes using foam board, clothes hangers and recycled signs.


Brooklyn Robot Foundry

Jenny Hageman, a Mechanical Engineer, and David VanEsselstyn, an Educational Technologist with a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, are creating environments where kids and families can build things together.


Steam Powered Toy Boat! 


Make your own Phonograph!

Yung Le Page

Using a wire coat hanger, a pencil, construction paper, a rubber band, some tape, and a pin. And of course, a vinyl record!

and Joey Hudy’s Extreme Marshmallow Cannon!

Joey’s cannon uses compressed air. Air is pumped into the PVC by a bike pump. An electronic sprinkler valve releases the air. It shoots marshmallows 176 feet!

Hope to see you there! 

A Look At What I’ll Mean-To-But-Probably-Will-Not-Have-Enough-Time-To Post In The Week Ahead: 6-20-11

I have so many posts half done or on The To Do List, not to mention the inbox full of great ideas from other people and the survey results that I have been sifting through. Sometimes a to do list is therapeutic but sometimes it’s just kinda mean.

Let’s just cut to the chase before I fall even further behind. Upcoming this week (fingers crossed):

Curious George at CMOM – A look at the exhibit from three points of view – the toddler, the special needs child and the parent who brought them both.

My Children the ABA Therapists – We are the first ones to proclaim the wonders of ABA therapy. So why is it that I cringe every time I walk by a balloon vendor?

Family Beach Vacation with your special needs child ( Part 1 of the How To series)- One week and counting! Every time my husband has worked late and I’ve had a long, hard day with the kids I make myself feel better by preparing for our amazing beach vacation-to-be. Needless to say we are Prepared. Be amazed (or appalled) at my supplies, packing lists and itineraries that anticipate even the most special of special needs, while still leaving room for spontaneity (it’s scheduled in).

How to ignore your special needs child (Uncomfortable Subjects Part 3) – If you think I have a lot to say, then you haven’t walked James home from school. Don’t judge until you’ve been there or read this.

Sneak Peek at Fall speakers 2011-2012 season – I know it seems like a long way off, but you’ll want to make time for next year’s meetings. We already have 6 amazing speakers/programs lined up! And, some of your favorite speakers from this past year are joining forces (I am letting this double “oo” opportunity pass me by out of respect for them) this year for some especially awesome opportunities. I hope I can tell you more about this soon!

Also keep an eye out for info on parenting match-ups (like a dating service for special needs parents), a sibling support group, a free giveaway (in the works) and my review of the Harry Potter exhibit in Times Square. And, I believe that The Foorce will reach 20,000 views this week (since it’s inception in March), unless everyone gets frustrated with my “to post” lists that never get crossed off. Thanks for making me feel important – it’s a good thing I come from such a big family!

It’s the last week of school. Then James will be home and things will really be busy (not like they are now) so I am extra motivated to knock things off of this list. And remember, if you subscribe you will be notified about all of the above posts automatically, and any tangents I go on in the meantime.

Happy Summer’s Eve!

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