811Q Code N Go

Programming Colby, the robot mouse.


The 811Q Café Marie coffee shop

Wand Designs

Making Sonic

Using the 3Doodler printing pen

Bubble Wands at 811Q

I brought the 3Doodler printing pens and the plastic filament; the students brought their imaginations and bubble-blowing skills!

The activity started with a demonstration of how the pens work, including how to feed the filament in, how to charge the pens, how to turn them on and off, and how to start and stop the extrusion.

Next, I drew a small rectangle on a piece of paper, to use as a template to trace over with the pen. The melted plastic sticks nicely to the paper, and cools in a couple of seconds, so it can be easily peeled off.

It was the students’ turn. They drew shapes on paper, chose three favorite colors of filament, turned on their pens, and pressed the orange button! The trick to getting the plastic to stay true to a design is to press the end of the pen right onto the paper.

Some students got the gist of it right away and started working on their bubble wands.

Other students designed their favorite characters…Sonic anyone?

The students made a variety of wands, some from their imaginations and some from screen shots of wand designs that I had printed from off the internet. 3Doodler has some great 2D and 3D bubble wand ideas.

Here are wands the students made:

The last step was to go outside to the school yard and test them out. I am happy to report that there was 100% success rate for the bubble wands. We used Five Below bubble solution ($1.00 for a big bottle!) and the kids had so much fun!

Thank you Bonnie Glass for these photographs.


Stop Motion Scenes from a School

Thank you to Bonnie Glass for taking these photographs of moi, while giving a stop-motion studio workshop to her students.


Pinch me!

These are the assorted snacks, treats, sodas, and sweets offered at the 811Q store!

DIY Colby Robot Mouse Maze

The students had to create their own robot mouse mazes using wood blocks and assorted materials.

Joker vs Storm Trooper!

A student at 811Q made this. You’re not so tough without Darth Vader, are you, storm trooper?

Jesus in Clay

Student Jesus wrote his name in claymation. He used fine motor skills to roll the playdoh and spelling, as well as Stop Motion Studio app on the iPad.

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