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Ages 14 and older
Activities for this age group are purely recommendations from an education specialist. You are the best judge of your child’s interests and skill levels so please do not feel confined to only these selections.

"Just Add Magic" to these real recipes you can make at home

These concoctions probably won’t have the otherworldly effects you see on the popular show, but they're still tasty treats.

Turning door sensors into a puzzle

One door closes, another door opens onto a sensor-based game using Amazon Web Services (AWS) and its cloud technology.

A visit with “One of Us Is Lying” author Karen McManus

Likened to “The Breakfast Club” and “Pretty Little Liars,” the page-turner “One of Us Is Lying” has a cult following among young adult readers. Years after her debut novel took up permanent residence on a variety of bestsellers lists, Karen McManus says seeing the overwhelming response feels “surreal still.”

Writer’s workshop: How the author of the "Divergent" series finds inspiration

Novelist Veronica Roth shares perspective and two exercises that will get your creative mind working.

Working to help protect the planet, one coffee cup at a time

Devised with sustainability in mind, an RFID cup counter encourages less waste at an Amazon office.

Learn how robots work

What makes a robot a robot? See how experts at Amazon's robotics lab develop and test these intelligent machines.

Thinking about your future career? Here are some tips we use when hiring people at Amazon

Whether you’re planning for a fall internship or hoping to secure your first job, good interview skills are critical. Refine them with these tips.

Build an Alexa Skill with a Skill Blueprint

Follow along as Cami, Akersh, and their friend Sylvester learn about Alexa skills and build one together with Alexa Skill Blueprints.

Art for a lifetime: Jerome T. White

This Cleveland-based artist models how to pursue a vision while giving back to your community.

This wall is alive—for real!

It’s no wonder, then, how it got its name: the living wall. What you may wonder, though, is how something so massive and packed full of biodiversity ended up in the middle of Seattle. In this video from inside The Spheres, take a walk on the wild side to learn how this wall came to life.

Cooking with chef Tom Douglas: Let’s make pot stickers

The renowned Seattle-based chef and restaurateur invites us into the kitchen to whip up a batch of shrimp and scallion pot stickers. His daughter Loretta, who stands in as sous-chef in this video tutorial, can’t help but chuckle as she recalls how her friends would react to the gourmet lunches her dad would pack for her back in elementary school.

Illustrating a point: Amulet creator shows how to design a graphic novel

Like playing Minecraft or building with LEGOs? Kazu Kibuishi says that sketching novels is not unlike those popular pastimes. In this step-by-step tutorial, the award-winning author/illustrator walks you through how to design your very own graphic novel.

Cooking with chef Eric Tanaka: Let’s upgrade your instant ramen

Take some packaged noodles and a flavor packet, and in just a few minutes, you can have a steaming-hot bowl of pretty good ramen. But if you add a few handfuls of extra ingredients to your pre-packaged noodles, you’ll have a bowl of restaurant-quality ramen that’s so delicious everyone around the family dinner table will be begging for seconds.

Cooking with chef Eric Tanaka: Let’s make fried rice

Join the Tanaka family in the kitchen as they fry up this classic Japanese-American dish.

Cooking with chef Eric Tanaka: Let’s make OH mochi donuts

What’s not to love about donuts?! As if these tasty treats weren’t terrific enough already, here’s a way for kids to help make delicious donuts that are gluten-free, with no frying required.

Cooking with chef Tom Douglas: Let’s make baked macaroni and cheese

You really can’t go wrong with mac and cheese. Even the boxed variety is sure to elicit smiles. But if you want to be the culinary hero of your family dinner table, dish up this homemade version instead.

The ball’s in your court: How to transform real life into a cartoon

Imagine discovering a story that was so epic, you felt like you had no choice but to spend five years of your life devoted to it. That’s precisely what happened to cartoonist Gene Luen Yang, as he explains in this video.

An entirely different way to paint: watercolor monotype

This simple process (with simply stunning results) requires no past printmaking expertise. Instead, anyone can try their hand at creating a monotype masterpiece. Learn the basics via this 20-minute tutorial, and then let your imagination inspire you.

Make your own soft sculpture (there’s nothing hard about it!)

Stencil, stitch, stuff, and paint your way to creating a perfectly imperfect, unique-to-you, 3D work of art.

DIY fabric painting: wear your art on your sleeve

If you’ve already mastered painting on paper, why not show off your brush skills by creating artwork you can wear?

Create your own Carnival mask (part 1)

Using these easy techniques, you can make a colorful mask that would be perfect to wear to a Carnival celebration, to your next masquerade party, or simply when you’re hanging out at home. Let’s face it: that sounds pretty fun, right?

Create your own Carnival mask (part 2)

You've cut out your mask shape, so here's what to do to give your creation a little personality.

Watch Ava, the face mask detection robot

This clever robot isn't fooled by a forearm over the face in place of a proper mask.

Discover the beauty of geometry

With your own design and some fancy folding, a sheet of paper becomes a mesmerizing, three-dimensional structure.

Feeling restless? Try this 3-step series

Learn the basics of yoga, mindfulness, and meditation.

Sculpting with sugar: how sweet it is

You know those fancy birthday cakes that have perfectly shaped (and perfectly edible) flowers on top? It turns out, with just a few ingredients and a little handiwork, you can create your very own sugar flowers to decorate cupcakes, cakes, and other baked goodies.
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