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STEAM BUILDING: Using Recycled Materials to Design and Invent

Can we use the junk we see everyday to create amazing things? Using STEAM thinking, engineering, and problem solving we'll create an interactive hands-on Arts project together made entirely from recycled materials you already have around your home. Learn to be a maker! Reference Book: Junk Re-Thunk

Brian Yanish

45 Minute Program



“A brilliant way to engage students with hands-on engineering and creativity in the time of Covid! "- Robin Tatu, Librarian, The Langley School, McLean, VA

* Once the session is booked, I will provide a materials/supply list for our project. All projects are made from common household recyclables (milk cartons, cardboard, etc.) and scissors, tape, glue
• Introduction to my book Junk Re-Thunk / Show & Tell of projects I’ve made from Recycled Materials (10 minutes)
• Step-by-step instruction of our Recycled Art project (could be a puppet, pirate ship, parachute or something new!), talking about construction tips, adding detail, and finding inspiration in materials (35 minutes)
• Q & A and Share (10 minutes)

About the Author

Brian Yanish is an author, illustrator, designer and maker. He has worked for Jim Henson Productions, trained as a special effects moldmaker, written and performed comedy, and designed educational software, apparel and toys. He is the creator of ScrapKins, a Recycled Arts program that inspires kids to see the creative potential in everyday junk. Brian has shared STEAM based workshops with schools around the world and even appeared on Sesame Street.

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