Weather Balloon in the Works

Unfortunately the weather balloon has been put on hold as the end of the year and summer activities have kept us busier than normal. We hope to get back to it before the end of the summer. Also hope to catch up with the blog and post some more of the cool stuff the kids have been working on.

payload rings

payload rings

We just finished cutting out the body of the balloon using foam and nichrome wire.  First the inside was cut out and then the outside, making rings that we will glue together to have an Orion shaped Capsule.

hollowing out the body

hollowing out the body

Balloon Capsule (hollow)

Balloon Capsule (hollow)


Our latest project is building a weather balloon.  We are still in the early stages of planning and ordering parts but will add more information as progress is made.


NoCo Mini Maker Faire: Oct. 5th

Screen Shot 2013-09-19 at 1.56.28 PMOur family will be traveling to the NoCo Mini Maker Faire in a couple of weeks and we are so excited!  We actually will have a table there displaying family fun–MAKER STYLE!

GOES-R_SPACECRAFTOur 11 year old daughter will be displaying a model of the GOES-Rsatellite she is building for a school project and our other kids will have cool stuff to show off as well.  We are in the process of thinking of what we will bring, show and make that day–it has been a real inspiration to us as a family.

What IF… Festival: Saturday, Sept. 7th 10am-4pm

We are so thrilled that the What IF… Festival is only a week away.  We have been patiently waiting and are now counting down!  Here is list of the festival experiences along with a map. 6-city blocks and100 exhibits…how to choose???

We looked through the booths and exhibits and are now trying to narrow things down.  Top on our list are the 3D printers, Artful Robotic Contraptions, Giant Bubbles, Water Balloon Sling Shot, Tinker Station, Clayfest, and others.

What IF... Festival Guide Cover

If you are a runner, or not, there is a Fun Run with costumes and all.  Definitely worth checking out.