Author Archives: Lindsey Stevenson

About Lindsey Stevenson

Hi! I'm Lindsey, Life's resident Maker. I enjoy being inspired by new materials and unusual objects to make something that is unique; everyone has the potential to be creative!

Make at home: Halloween Lanterns

Life's Making Space: Halloween lanterns

Traditionally, lanterns would have contained an oil light or a candle to provide light in the home or the streets before we had electrical lighting. These days they are mainly used for decoration. Our Making Space visitors have been making their own spooky Halloween lanterns!

A simple lantern can be easily customised for any occasion and with the addition of an LED candle is perfectly safe to use.… Read more

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Make at Home: 3D Graffiti Art

Graffiti art in Life's Making SpaceGraffiti is usually text or images that have been painted, drawn or etched onto a surface in a public area. Did you know that one piece of graffiti is called a ‘graffito’?

Our Making Space visitors have been creating their own pieces of 3D graffiti using pens, pencils and paper – no writing on the walls here! Read more

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Make at Home: Foghorn Trumpets

Fog horn trumpetOur Making Space visitors have been making these fantastic foghorns – and you can too, with materials you may already have around the house. 

The horn works by making the balloon on the top vibrate against the top of the tube, which sends a pulse of air through the tube, many times a second.… Read more

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Make at home: Scribble Bots

Scribble botsScribble bots are small, easy to build robots that can be made at home and used to create fabulous art! They work because they have an off centre weight motor; this means it has a weight attached to the spinning axle that has more weight on one side than the other.Read more

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Make at Home: Wobbly Head Robot

RobotOur visitors have been celebrating the arrival of our latest exhibition, Robot, by making their own wobbly head versions out of card. It’s a great project to try at home, little Makers may need the help of a grown-up for some of the more fiddly parts.

To make your own wobby head robot, you will need:

  • Thin card.
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Real Life Robots

RobotThe term robot was coined in 1920 in a Czech play called ‘Rossum’s Universal Robots’ and came from the term robota meaning ‘forced labour’. A robot is a machine capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically.

The first ever recorded robot was actually created in 400BC by Archytas, who is known as the ‘father of mechanical engineering’.… Read more

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Make and Take: Sound and Making Music

Making MusicMusic is a vital part of our history and culture, we enjoy making it and listening to it. Making music can be as simple as opening your mouth to sing and as complicated as conducting a full orchestra – but did you know that music is created by vibrations?

Sounds are created by the air around us vibrating.… Read more

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Make and Take: Animation

Flip BookAnimation is defined by Oxford Dictionaries as “the technique of photographing successive drawings or positions of puppets or models to create an illusion of movement when the film is shown as a sequence.”

In the Making Space we experimented with 3 different types of animation: thaumatropes, flip books (sometimes called flick books) and stop frame animation, all of which are easy to try at home.… Read more

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Make and Take: Superhero Disguises

Superhero MaskWhether they’re saving Manhattan, Gotham or Metropolis, superheroes are always protecting the public and vanquishing evil.

All great superheroes have a disguise – this blog post will show you how to create your own.

Our Making Space visitors made superhero masks and power cuffs – where would a superhero be if they didn’t have their super powers?… Read more

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Make and Take: Halloween Pop-up Cards

Pop Up CardHalf term is always an exciting time here at Life Science Centre. We’ve got plenty of treats (and tricks!) for all ages including slime workshops, spooky Making Space activities and even a Halloween Late event (adults only!).

Our visitors have been creating Halloween pop-up cards this week, it’s a really simple but effective activity that you can try at home.… Read more

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