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Hello all! Has adjusting to quarantine life been difficult? Everyone progresses at their own pace, but finding a way to create a calendar and schedule is one of the best ways you can keep yourself from falling into the trap of non structure during the quarantine!  This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to consistently force yourself to be productive, but having a structure can help...

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We've added another eventbrite for our next resource kit: Clothing Repair! Head over to eventbrite and grab a ticket if you are interested in receiving a kit of basic sewing supplies including needles, colored thread, seam rippers, cloth scissors, measuring tape and more. We will be running an online workshop in the future utilizing these items for those who would like an introduction to them! DePaul...

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  Hello everyone! Welcome to another blog post about helping to create structure in your daily lives while we’re living in quarantine. Are you finding it difficult to create a study space for yourself now that you don’t have access to the libraries, study rooms or buildings?    Understandable! In this brief tutorial, I’ll be talking about the best ways to  set up a study space so you...

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Did you run out of milk? Don’t panic, there is no need to eat dry cereal or drink black coffee. With a few ingredients, a blender, and a t-shirt, you can make oat milk that stays fresh in the fridge for four days. We tried this recipe with maple syrup and had a great turnout!    Binghamton University’s Food Co-op created a great recipe for students to...

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Jake Juracka, one of our lab specialists, has been hard at work making protective equipment as a part of the IRL's support initiative! Here's his update: "Starting on Thursday, March 26th I began work on 3D printing Personal Protective Masks to distribute to those in need. Using five 3D printers that are on loan to me from the IRL Lab, I’ve been able to set up...

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Gauging the DePaul Community's Interest in At Home Project Kits   In light of recent events the IRL is searching for new ways to support the DePaul Community. While sheltering in place we urge you to keep learning and making. We are developing kits to send out as resources to help you create and to supplement your education.   The first project we're assembling is DIY Pickling Kit, which...

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Project: Coffee Filter Flowers Looking at the same scenery day after day can get pretty drab, and we’re seeing the worst of that now in self-quarantine. What’s the solution? Decorating! Today, let’s look at a simple project to add some unique décor to change up your home! You won’t need anything complicated – the primary ingredient here will be your run-of-the-mill coffee filters. As it turns...

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As many of us continue to adjust to the changes in our lives shaped by COVID-19, we thought it would be a good idea to inform you all on more resources that can be a help to you. Use them to help in any aspect of your life whether it is simply to explore or to help make this change easier.  Resources:  Spectrum: Spectrum is offering...

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DePaul is collaborating with individuals at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Public Libraries, the Nation of Makers, Bosch, and makerspaces and makers around the state to address the immediate, critical need for personal protective equipment (PPE) for Illinois healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hospitals large and small are in dire need of this equipment to...

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DePaul is collaborating with individuals at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Public Libraries, the Nation of Makers, Bosch, and makerspaces and makers around the state to address the immediate, critical need for personal protective equipment (PPE) for Illinois healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hospitals large and small are in dire need of this equipment to...

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