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Let's Code This custom stickers promote STEAM-powered lessons from The Home Depot


With a custom kiss cut sticker in the orange-and-black color palette of The Home Depot, Science Fair Central provides a motivational message for K-12 students. "Let's Code This" is part of a larger collaboration between Discovery Education and The Home Depot, where they have made it their mission to prepare today's students for the careers of tomorrow. To accomplish this goal, Science Fair Central will STEAM power K-12 classrooms and homes across the country.

With a promotional sticker this bold, the message is sure to hit the mark. The Innovation team at Home Depot uses these stickers for student recruitment events during their summer internship program. The team takes them along to different universities, and since the stickers are small and simple they are a big hit with students – easy to slap on a laptop or phone case.

Science Fair Center has something for everyone

According Science Fair Center, 10 million students from grades K-12 are participating in science fairs and STEAM events every year, and thus Science Fair Central aims to give students the tools to take their projects to the next level.

For teachers, check out the Maker Corner where they provide hands-on, standards-aligned STEAM lessons and accompanying materials lists for exciting, creative new ways to learn. If you're a student, you can find ideas for science and engineering projects, whether it's for school or for fun. Parents can browse plans and shopping lists that allow the whole family to make something together, from the trip to the store to the craft at home.

Home Depot sponsors all kinds of projects, including their Kids Workshops. The Maker spirit is all about “learning-through-doing.” The Home Depot wants all learners to put this spirit into their science fairs or STEAM events, and their fun, hands-on activities designed to encourage exploration and spark curiosity.

Project-based learning

For the scientific projects, students can pick from Life Science, Earth Science or Physical Science categories. Then they start their investigation with a scientific question and move into the testing stage. Following the scientific method, students pick an independent variable and a constant, and they they measure the data they collect. These are just some of the topics to pick from: Plants, Animals, Health / Human Body, Microorganisms, Environment, Weather, Geology, Space, Chemistry, Energy/Force and Matter. The engineering projects are all geared toward problem solving and giving the power to the student. They can identify a problem they want to solve or a process or physical design they want to improve. Some of it's heady stuff, but these are all certainly worthy concepts to study. This program even offers tips for the final presentation so students are ready to share their learning.

The "Let's Code This" sticker is an affirmation of the maker attitude, and this initiative strives to advance education for millions of students.

Midwest Craft Con 2017


Midwest Craft Con is a three-day creative Business Conference for Makers, mid-career crafters, makers and creative business owners taking place this weekend in Columbus, Ohio. The event will feature inspirational keynote addresses, thought-provoking panel discussions, hands-on workshops and business-focused breakout sessions from experts from Ohio, the Midwest and beyond. They have a die cut sticker that's a white circle with a smaller black circle featuring their Twitter handle. A fun take on a simple sticker in black-and-white that's classic and memorable.

There's some fun and games, too: There are evening mixers, a trade show to explore and ample time network with fellow makers. Last year’s after-hours activities included karaoke, craft-offs and LOTS of googly eyes. This is for anybody who runs a creative business. Whether you’re a veteran indie crafter, an upstart maker, an artist, a designer or photographer: You’ll leave with new ideas, techniques and friends.

The first event in this series was the Midwest Craft Caucus, which took place in Columbus, Ohio, in 2011. Now Midwest Craft Con is brought to you by Brit Charek of Akron, Ohio, who organizes Crafty Mart; Grace Dobush of Cincinnati, Ohio, who co-organizes Crafty Supermarket; Megan Green of Columbus, Ohio, who organizes Craftin’ Outlaws.

As of July 2016, Midwest Craft Con is a 501(c)3 organization. Check their mission statement, as it's inspiring:
The Midwest Craft Con’s purpose is to provide creative, engaging, and educational opportunities for artists and entrepreneurs to help their businesses thrive. The Midwest Craft Con has the specific purpose of conducting a conference which (a) showcases regional commitment to the arts; (b) fosters discussion and education about the arts; (c) educates creative entrepreneurs on best practices to foster civic engagement; and (d) provides entrepreneurs the opportunity to collaborate with others to advance the state of the arts regionally.