Author: Maddie Fernandez

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Discussion Topics and Brain Storming from the University of Wisconsin's "Green Makerspace" Meeting   Partnerships can help direct what types of materials are being purchased and used as well as how waste is directed in and out of makerspaces   3D printing causes most visible waste due to : Inexperienced users 3D printing Failed prints/machine problems People leaving prints / never collecting prints People printing without putting...

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  To download files to 3D print Java worlds are needed, so it is necessary to convert whichever world you are looking to print from into Java. Most Minecraft platforms such as Minecraft Education use Bedrock as it allows for better cross platform play while the Java PC version allows for more customization. It is also easier to print from Java so that is the avenue...

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Hello! Today, I decided to write a post for the IRL as I explored the world of cooking with a Crock Pot. Now, I grew up in Minnesota—the epicenter of the paisley-printed slower cooker—and have been eating crock pot meals since I can remember. Pot roast and pulled pork are staples in my family. But now I am living on my own in Chicago and...

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  Leaves are falling, coats have to be worn but what about your summer plants? It can be confusing to know how to take care of our plants as it gets colder and hopefully this guide will help answer some questions. It is important to know some key terminology: Growing Zone, Perennial, Annual, First frost, Overwintering.      What is my Growing Zone?   A grow Zone uses climate data to...

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With many remote classes planned for this coming Fall Quarter, staying on track with everything can be stressful and overwhelming. Here at the IRL, we’ve taken the time to put together a list of resources that may assist you in staying productive and on track:   MS OneNote: It allows you to take notes with a stylus if you are on a touchscreen laptop or iPad. The...

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Some bottle caps have designs that you want to carry around with you, and after this tutorial you will be able to do just that!   A couple of materials you will need include: a bottle cap a marker a hammer safety pins.   Make sure that your safety pins are long enough to go through the bottle cap and connect. You’d hate to make the holes on the bottle cap...

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As many theater companies have been forced to stop production in order to flatten the curve and comply with state regulations, many are left with a creative ache. For theatre goers and for theatre makers there are solutions alike.  Save up to support local theaters once they reopen. Buy tickets for productions months in advance as gifts for others. Buy gift cards to theaters. Donate to...

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Aquafaba is a protein rich juice from chickpeas/garbanzo beans. These are good beans to have in quarantine. Aquafaba is a powerful egg white replacer in many vegan dishes and is a great alternative for allergies and a way to practice a zero waste lifestyle.  There are two main ways to procure aquafaba from the beans.  You can buy the beans and when you are ready to use...

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This is a quick and easy way to provide extra nutrients to your plants. All of these are basically free and zero waste.   Cooking water If you like to boil veggies before you use them and then throw away the water, dont! Not only is this cooking water nutrient rich, it also can serve as a natural dye in many cases. You can also use it to...

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