Today in Break it! Make it! we made ‘sew it bright’ bracelets. First, we drew a picture of a design and then we cut it out in felt. Then we glued the design onto a felt bracelet. After this, we sewed conductive thread from the lily pad to an LED light on our design. Because we worked in pairs, one of us sewed the positive to positive and one of us sewed the negative to negative. We then put a battery in the lily pad holder and it lit up! We liked this project because we like to sew and we like to make things light up. Next time we would like to try making our clothes light up!
“First when we came into Make It! Break It! we had a talk about what we were going to make that day. Then we got split into groups, I was with Nadia & Natalia. Angel & Bianca were together and the other Natalia was with Priscilla. After we were in groups, we started to make Lego Faces. First we needed to get the lego pieces and then we assembled it. At the end we connected NXT driver to the Lego Face. We put on wheels and got to watch it move! My favourite part of todays project was working in teams, putting together the pieces and wheels and watching it move! I would like to try this again with more robots!”
– Rachel, Age 9
Thomas and Derek propose to the young people an amazing activity at the clubhouse. The young people learn how to walk on stilts with mentors. They practice safety by learning to fall and climb stairs outside the clubhouse before going out on the streets. They control their fear of being so tall while having a good time. The young people experience how it feels to be tall. Most of the young people on their stilts are taller than the mentors. The young people are reaching new heights with this fun activity !
This past Tuesday, some of our older Clubhouse members joined us for an awe-inspiring hike in Glendalough through the Wicklow Mountains. Following the white trail, our members climbed endless steps and inclines to reach the trail’s peak, approximately 380m high. Exhausted, we took a short lunch break beside a small rock waterfall, allowing our members to rest and enjoy the view before the rocky hike back down into the valley. By the time we returned to the car park, we had traveled 9km in just over 3 hours! Now that’s a hillwalk!
While most people are trying to stay cool in this warm summer weather, our Clubhouse members would rather be turning up the heat in our fully stocked kitchen. Whether they’re preparing vegetable lasagna, chicken masala, or chewy chocolate chunk cookies, our Clubhouse members who participate in our summer cooking programme are given the opportunity to create something of their own while trying and experiencing new foods. They just might surprise you and bring home the recipe to share!
This week, we made homemade vanilla cupcakes with a chocolate mousse frosting. Yum!