mostly microphones

We attended a workshop in contact microphone making at Portside Art Center this evening.  Béla loves stripping wire, man. Tucker saves him blown-out earbuds, adapters, anything — this kid loves gear guts. Claude started out frustrated, but got her method down and was then good to go. But Béla was really in his element. And…

internship

We’ve been working for months now to find out ways that the kids can help out — during school hours — at various Mighty Writers locations in Philly, whether in reading to toddler-aged children, helping to design, print and distribute flyers, or — as they did today — transcribe workshop writing assignments to computer from…

reviving the art of the christmas eve ghost story

This was the second year that Claudia participated in “The Dark is Rising” readalong beginning on Midwinter’s Eve. Both kids also caught (out of the corner of one eye) a few episodes from my BBC “Ghost Stories for Christmas Eve” DVD box set. A lot of steps to string together, but each of the kids…

secret synth night!

Well, it only took half a year or so, but we got ourselves to Secret Synth Night. They’re going to have to be a lot quieter in there if they want to keep it a secret, but I don’t think they really do. It is an all-ages, all-abilities meetup of folks interested in electronic music….

béla’s video on the makey makey basic

Makey Makey lets you make a closed circuit that your keyboard believes is just another key — even though it’s an alligator clip enclosing any object that has even a little bit of electricity in it — could be a banana, or tater tot. Béla learned to use the basics of this system on his…

Periodic Table Manners, or the Outcome of Mendeleev’s Madness

When we set out with the Mendeleev’s Madness project, our intent was to generate some breadth of knowledge about the elements of the periodic table, and a greater depth of knowledge about some of those elements. Largely that breadth was covered in the first round, where they relied on Theodore Grey’s Elements along with a few…

NIGRUM NOCTUA: THE HONEY OF DEATH

  On the very VERY first day of “back to homeschool” in September of 2017, I told the kids that one of our MAJOR goals was to attend PhilaMOCA’s “Tokusatsu Tuesday” program every month, and to begin filming our own episodic toku program. Even if we only got one done! “Even if we only got…