January 2016

  1. DIY Magnetic Scrabble Game

    DIY Magnetic Scrabble Game
    The word game Scrabble has been around since 1938 when the first version was invented by architect Alfred Mosher Butts. It didn’t become a household item until 1952 when, according to legend, the president of Macy’s discovered the game while on vacation and ordered it for his store. Now, the game can be found in one out of three American homes and is even available electronically. And, with this simple tutorial, you can repurpose an old Scrabble game and make a magnetized version so you never lose a piece again! Continue reading →
  2. How To Make Your Own Compass

    How To Make Your Own Compass
    Compasses have been around for centuries, but the earliest findings date back to China during the Qin dynasty (221-206 BC.) The first compass used for travel was also used by a Chinese man named Zheng He, who used it for navigating the oceans from 1405 to 1435. Today, you can find compasses anywhere from the dollar store to your smartphone. In order to demonstrate how compasses work, you can make your own compass using simple household materials that you probably already have lying around the house. Your homemade compass could also come in handy if you ever find yourself lost in the woods on a hiking trip with no power to your cell phone and no other way to escape! Continue reading →

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