Maker Studio is back for 2017! Visit Innovation Studios this upcoming year for an exciting new group of DIY activities led by Makers and staff here at the museum. This year we'll revisit some of our favorite Maker Studio activities from the past and explore new ways of making as well!
Upcoming Maker Studio Dates:
March: DIY Chia Pets & Planters
Public Hours: Saturday, March 4th, 10 AM – 5 PM (No Sunday Maker Studio this month. Instead, be sure to check out Wild About Reading that day!)
Homeschool Afternoon: Friday, March 3rd, 2-5 PM (Pre-registration required. See below.)
Try creating your own DIY Chia Pet out of household materials and then take it home to grow and style. Interested in learning how to upcycle old toys and plastic bottles into planters? Check out different techniques for creating these cool, "green" creations for your spring garden!
Saturday, April 1st, 10 AM - 4 PM
Maker Studio takes a break in April so you can visit the biggest Maker event of the year in Innovation Studios: iMake! Here's your chance to mingle with makers from your local communit while trying your hand at fun making activities for the whole family.
May: Light-Up Fashion
Public Hours: Saturday, May 6th, 10 AM – 5 PM & Sunday, May 7th, 12 PM – 4 PM
Homeschool Afternoon: Friday, May 5th, 2-5 PM (Pre-registration required. See below.)
Create wearables that light up using LEDs and sewn circuits! Suggested projects include light-up animal ears, neck ties, and bracelets/cuffs. Feel free to bring your own items to light-up or use our fabric & materials. Want to learn more? Check out how you can connect your LED creation to an Arduino and control the patterns of the LEDs using code!
1st Weekend of Every Month: Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM & Sunday 12 PM - 4 PM
Feel free to drop into Maker Studio during any of these times! All activities are included with general admission to the museum and are available for guests ages 8 and up. (Participation in Maker Studio is first-come, first-served and, due to limited space and time, is not open for field trip groups.)
Exclusive Homeschool Hours:
Each Friday Prior to Maker Studio: 2-5 PM
Space is limited, so be sure to reserve a spot online by visiting the Homeschool Page and filling out the online reservation form.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Maker Studio?
Maker Studio is a pop-up space located in Innovation Studios designed to give guests ages 8 & up an opportunity to engage with local Makers and have hands-on making experiences.
What is Making?
Making is a unique way of “learning through doing” and getting hands-on using technology. Making can involve everything from low-tech crafting tools to high-tech computerized and electrical components. The idea is to create new things and do so in a culture that celebrates sharing ideas and learning together how to DIY.
When is Maker Studio open?
During the school year (October-May), Maker Studio will be open the first weekend of the month from 10 AM – 5 PM on Saturday and 12 PM – 4 PM on Sunday. During summer, Maker Studio operates 6-8 weeks from June through August.
Does it cost anything to participate in Maker Studio?
Maker Studio activities are included with regular museum admission and are not an additional charge.
Why ages 8 & up?
Maker Studio is designed to be a space where older students and adults can work independently on maker projects. Many of these activities require the use of tools that are not suitable for younger students to utilize on their own, such as drills, soldering irons, high-temperature glue guns, or electronic components. Also, much of the content explored in Maker Studio activities requires some background knowledge of concepts that are not typically taught to younger students. Lastly, there are spaces within the museum that cater to the learning needs of younger guests, and Maker Studio provides that same structure for older guests as a safe place to explore activities that meet their learning needs.
Families that have children younger than eight are welcome to stay in the space with the older siblings to observe. Activities for younger children will also be available nearby outside the dedicated Maker Studio area. Parents/Guardians are also welcome to allow their children ages 8 & up to stay in Maker Studio and work independently while their adult supervisor stays on-site at the museum.
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