Explore: STEAMtastic March 12

Tomorrow night celebrate the power of STEAM learning at STEAMtastic, part of the Arizona SciTech Festival. At this FREE event for all ages there will be tons of hands on learning activities to choose from, including the Science behind brewing your own beer for the 21 and up. The Phoenix Astronomical society will set up telescopes for some stargazing after sunset, 7pm-10pm. For More info visit their website here: http://www.blackmountaincampus.com/steamtastic.html


Black Mountain Campus – 34250 N. 60th Street, Scottsdale, AZ
PH: 602-493-2600


STEAMtastic event March 12, 2015


STEAMtastic is part of the Cave Creek/Carefree High Sonoran Desert Passport group 

At Laboratory5 Inc. We bring together all elements of STEAM and tie them up into a package to promote the work each individual is doing in their fields to celebrate this work. We produce experiences so that those unfamiliar with the glorious, quirky, nerdy, geeky qualities of all areas of STEAM can be explored as an adventure to explain these fields.

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Joy of Toys Workshops

I am teaching two workshops at the Shemer Art Center  for Summer artSpace.

Tuesday June 17, 2014 Clothes Pin Toy Art Workshop From 10 AM – 12:15 PM and again from 12:45 – 3:00PM

Tuesday June 24, 2014  Duct Tape Toy Art Workshop From 10 AM – 12:15 PM and again from 12:45 – 3:00PM

Both workshops will be inspired by the exhibition Joy of Toys on view at the Shemer Art Center this Summer. The work included in this show highlights toys from around the world created out of recycled materials. Join these workshops to create your own toys out of found objects. Enrollment is online – forms can be downloaded HERE




Duct-castle Cropped

Enrollment is online – forms can be downloaded HERE


Wrong Toys

Here is a little collection of just wrong toys.

Road kill cat with a very excited little boy on the packaging.


Want a road kill cat? You can pick yourself up a few pack at geekologie.com. Hey it is important to learn about life and death.

Speaking of learning about important grown up issues check this out, it is the Spanish Bebe Gloton ‘breastfeeding’ doll. The little girl puts on a vest with pasties, moves baby near by and the suckling noise begin. Available only in Spain.


Here is a video of the doll in action. It’s just wrong.

And here is what happened right before the breastfeeding was needed. It’s Happy Family Pregnant Midge Barbie with removable front cap belly to get a look at the fetus inside.


The Lego Craze Hit Home

After a fun filled girly slumber party that The Short one attended where the girls played Legos around the clock,  the request came home. Here I was thinking Lego’s were for boys and I’d not have to deal with those little bitty pieces because really the Polly Pockets little pieces are enough! Well the begging began and really they are educational and The Short one loves to construct things, I guess I have to count myself lucky that the request didn’t come sooner. So we had to head out to Target and check them out, man they are really expensive – whoa! Wouldn’t you know it they have a LEGO® Pink Brick Box. It was immediately in the cart and $20 later and a trip home from the store and she was in Lego heaven. The Tall One and I also sat down with her to “help” and the uhm obsessive excited participation set in. I think we are all in trouble. I built a car and a cottage, The Tall One built a McMasion and I added a modern fireplace to it. Oh right this set belongs to the kid – Santa . . . are you reading this? Please bring more Lego’s!

“Santa’s Workshop” Produces Princess Land

The benefit of the short one only being of preschool age is she knows not to wake up early on Christmas morn to shred wrapping paper. She rose at the very civil hour of 8 am, rubbed her eyes and said “Presents now?” After opening a few gifts from out of town family, in town friends and exploring her stocking filled with sweets I asked her how she was feeling about Christmas. She said “I’m happy – now can we have bacon?” I told her Santa left a gift in her room (she slept in Mom and Dad’s bed on Christmas Eve)  and I lead her down the hall to see what the big guy made with his elves. I (that would be Santa with no elves) worked at night for the last two weeks on a series of three Princess Land panels that would be inserted into the play area under her bed once she was asleep. I set out mini Princesses she already owned as if they were having a party in the space. I also installed battery LED lights under the mattress slats so she could see better. When she saw it – she was speechless, thrilled and jumping up and down. This might be the real reason I want to keep Santa out of it – I so deserve the credit for all this work!

Castle on the hill painted on a masonite panel

shot of the village painted on a masonite panel

shot of the cottage in the woods painted on a masonite panel

Close up of the Dress Shop

Close up of the shoe shop where the glass slippers and dance shoes are made

Close up of the bake shop where the pink cupcakes and birthday cakes are made

Close up of the clouds with the silver lining

Close up of the rainbow for the ponies in unicornia

Close up of the splashing mermaid pond

Close up of the pink carriage

Close up of trees bearing magical pink princess fruit

Close up of the wishing well

Close up of the pink castle

Close up of the tower with the ladder for the Prince to climb up

Close up of the pink island, pink treasure chest, crown and gold bars spilling out

Close up of the evil witches woods

Close up of the cottage (think Snow white)

Close up of the cottage garden


Gypsy the hand held design studio for Cricut by Provo Craft is being released tomorrow. This exciting new gadget is a mother load of a device  that you can carry around with you. So what’s the big deal you ask? Well if you own a Cricut or more importantly Cricut cartridges the Gypsy can store up to 7,000 cartridge designs and up to 10,000 of your own projects. You’ll be able to mix and match all cartridges and print without having to change cartridges in the Cricut machine. You will also be able to search the entire Cricut library with the keyword. If I can get my hands on one I will take a test run and report back. I am most excited to have better access to cut my own custom designs out.

The Gypsy

The Gypsy