Makey Makey

Our Makey Makey event was a ton of fun. I was so impressed with what everyone came up with and how they worked together!

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They created an obstacle course that required them to keep contact with each other and the aluminum foil or else the computer let out a hideous noise.

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Using playdough controllers connected to a Makey Makey to play tetrus.

Attempting to use the Makey Makey with computer keys and playdough.

Attempting to use the Makey Makey with computer keys and playdough.

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Using ballons, wire, and tinfoil with the Makey Makey to control a simulated piano.

 

Successful Dance Dance Revolution!

Successful Dance Dance Revolution!

Creating foot pads to control a Dance Dance Revolution computer game with the Makey Makey and aluminum foil.

Creating foot pads to control a Dance Dance Revolution computer game with the Makey Makey and aluminum foil.

Teens Review: Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix (Book 1 of the Shadow Children Series)

amongBy Maevis, middle schooler

A boy named Luke has been forced into hiding since he was born, by law. Luke lives in a society where only two children are allowed per family. Luke is a third child, so he must stay hidden or else he is executed. Soon, Luke’s family’s woods is to be cut down for a new neighborhood. Now Luke is going into extra extra precaution in case he is caught. The reason for this is because the woods blocked out most vision of the house, therefore Luke. With the woods gone, Luke could be much easier caught.

One day, Luke peeks through a slat in the attic (his bedroom) to the new houses. Then, Luke sees a flash of a face at a nearby house. But there were already two boys walking to the car for a ride to school. Could the house next door to Luke really have another third child?

I really enjoyed this book for many reasons– it kept you reading and reading into an amazing story. It is plot twisting and you can’t expect anything. I have no critical remarks about this book. If you haven’t read this book, definitely give it a try!

Teens Review: 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson

100cupboardsReviewed by Maevis, middle schooler

100 Cupboards is a very interesting book. It is a fantasy story about a boy who goes to live with his aunt, uncle, and cousins.  He soon makes an amazing discovery in his new bedroom, aka the attic. His find is magical and mysterious, and he struggles to keep it secret. Meanwhile, on the bottom floor of the house, there is a bedroom door that is locked and nobody can open. The bedroom used to belong to the boy’s cousins’s grandfather, who had passed away a few years before. After he died, the door was locked with no explanation. The boy soon finds out how important this room is and searches through his bedroom secret to find the key to the door. The boy is determined find the answer to the knotted mystery of his unexplained life, and almost dies trying to.
100 Cupboards is an amazing story that keeps the reader reading no matter what happens. If you like fantasy stories, definitely give this a try.

Teens Recommend: Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Reviewed by Hannah, 13

Lock and Key is a YA novel about Ruby, a 17-year old girl who thought she was doing just fine alone in the yesarahgllow house. True, the dryer was broken and there was no heat, but she only had a few more months until she turned 18. Her mom had left, but it doesn’t matter, she could take care of herself. But of course the overly nice Honeycutts saw the clothesline hanging in the kitchen. So, social services sent her away to live with her 27-year-old sister who she hasn’t seen or spoken to in 10 years. Ruby gets a job at a mall kiosk and also meets a Nate, the popular jock next door. Ruby learns how Nate’s life used to be even more troubled then hers used to be. But, how do you help someone who doesn’t want it? Lock and Key is an enthralling book for any teenager, it tells a funny but touching story, guaranteed to have you begging for more.

Review: Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath by Stephanie Hemphill

sylviaReaders tremble over your pages,
believe you spell out
letter by letter
the words of their hearts.

What’s your secret, Sylvia?
Are you the moon?
Or have you become bigger than that?
Are you the sun?

And I wonder,
who can possess the stuff of the sky?
                                                                          Can I?

 

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Sylvia Plath first gained recognition for her writing when she was just a small child. Her genius only grew, but like many brilliant artists she was a troubled soul.

This beautiful verse novel takes us from the very beginning to the very end of her life. The poetry switches perspective including Sylvia’s closest family members, her boyfriends, her teachers, and her husband. Intermittedly, Hemphill uses Sylvia’s own unique forms to fashion strong and evocative poems. Why is this book told through poetry? Poetry most effectively conveys the complex emotions of Sylvia and the people in her life–be prepared to laugh, to cringe, and to cry. This is a fitting tribute for the woman who gave us such grand works as The Colossus and Other Poems, Ariel, and The Bell Jar.