We are SO excited for May’s workshops that we just had to post a sneak peak right now.  May will be our first month long electronics theme where we teach visitors how to solder Luminescent Night Lights!  These are color changing night lights that only turn on when its dark and were designed in house by Reid Bingham, Maker Space Coordinator.  We are also excited to announce our first Make It At Home Challenge where workshop participants have the chance to get featured right here on our blog, NYSCI’s website, our Maker Space Monitor, AND win prizes like Learn To Solder kits and free workshops.  Check the above links ‘Weekend Programs’ and ‘Make It At Home Challenge’ for more information!

We are SO excited for May’s workshops that we just had to post a sneak peak right now.  May will be our first month long electronics theme where we teach visitors how to solder Luminescent Night Lights!  These are color changing night lights that only turn on when its dark and were designed in house by Reid Bingham, Maker Space Coordinator.  We are also excited to announce our first Make It At Home Challenge where workshop participants have the chance to get featured right here on our blog, NYSCI’s website, our Maker Space Monitor, AND win prizes like Learn To Solder kits and free workshops.  Check the above links ‘Weekend Programs’ and ‘Make It At Home Challenge’ for more information!

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April is upon us and Maker Space welcomes the much needed spring weather with open arms and some exciting new classes.  

On April 12th Maker Space will be participating in the Citizen Science Showcase demonstrating a variety of phone hacks.  We will be demonstrating two different tripod mounts for phones made out of binder clips, as well as how to turn your iPhone into a microscope!

Pay us a visit on Sunday April 13th, for our last Rubber Band Engineering: Propeller Cars workshop.  Or if you’re in the mood for something slightly more medieval, join us on Saturday April 19th and Sunday April 20th to create your very own rubber band powered catapults and wind up helicopters.  

We hope to see you here at the Maker Space, and we can’t wait to see the amazing things you’ll create with a propeller, some wheels, a handful of popsicle and a rubber band!

Exciting New (APRIL FOOLS) Workshops at the Maker Space this Spring and Summer

We have had numerous ground breaking workshops in the Maker Space since we opened, from sewing machines to simple robots - crayon candles and gravity racers to blinking plastic orbs and aliens. The Maker Space staff is thrilled to present today 7 brand new workshops that will push the boundaries of AWESOME beyond belief!  These are MUST SEE TO BELIEVE WORKSHOPS!!!

Working off the incredibly popular Color Block Crayon Candle Workshop that she designed, Maker Space Resident Janelle is further investigating the possibilities of what you can make with crayons. She will guide our visitors through the colorful cuisine of crayons, melting and cooking a delectable mix of possibilities.

Crayon Cuisine with Janelle

Our next workshop is equally ambitious, as it required the innovation of a whole new extreme sport!  Take this class with me this Spring, and learn how to hack a pogo stick and a skateboard to develop and design a whole new sport, Pogo Boarding!

Pogo Boarding with Reid

This Spring we are also happy announce that our awesome group of Maker Space Explainers have even started developing their own workshops!  Benjamin, Jennifer, and Justin have been hard at work for months, and well, we are just so proud of, and excited for, the workshops they came up with.  We guarantee that you will be blown away in more ways then one.  


Soldering Iron Juggling with Benjamin

DIY Human Cannon Ball with Jennifer

Bionic Hands with Justin



David Wells, the Director of the Maker Space, has also been hard at work, tinkering and developing a top-secret project that he just demonstrated to a fortunate group of kids this past week.  This photo from the event, really just says it all.


Jury-Rig a Jet Pack with David


Lastly, but certainly not least, Maker Space Resident Pritesh has created what may be our most incredible and experimental workshop yet. When he told us his idea, we said it couldn’t be done, because, well… science! But he was not deterred, his passion, vision and perseverance paid off, because what he made is truly unbelievable!  



Under Water Flame Throwers with Pritesh


So there you have it folks, 7 of the most amazing workshops any Maker Space has ever developed. If you are interested in attending any of these please write to rbingham@nysci.org and we will send you the appropriate safety and medical waivers to get the process started. Hope to see you at some of these classes in the future!

PS-  We have had some questions as to wether or not this whole post is an April Fools joke and we take that as a compliment.  We must be doing really innovative workshops in order for people to think these just may be possible.

Stop by Makerspace this month for our exploration into the rubber band and all of its possibilities.  We will be making propeller powered vehicles, catapults and other creative ways to use the potential and kinetic energy that comes with Rubber Band Play! 

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As March comes to a close so does our Colorblock Crayon Candle workshop. Drop by the Maker Space Saturday March 29th and Sunday March 30th to melt crayons and add scents to create your own customized candles.  What can you express with just 3 colors?  As our past participants have discovered, quite a lot!  Colors can represent everything from flags and feelings to seasons and sports teams.  We hope to see you this weekend as we experiment with making our own multicolor crayons, fantastic smelling candles, and explore the phases of matter.

This weekend, March 22nd & 23rd, check out our Vibro Bots workshop.  Vibro Bots use vibrations to dance and skitter around, a lot like Brush Bots, except there is no brush!  Learn how to make these fun twittering critters and hack our designs with our own ideas and innovations.  The following weekend March 29th & 30th, is your last chance to take part in our new, and immensely popular, Colorblock Crayon Candles workshop.  If you haven’t heard, in our Colorblock Crayon Candles class (say that 5 times fast!) we explore the phases of matter and the ancient art of candle making but in a whole new colorful way by melting down crayons and adding our own custom scents.  Maker Space Resident Janelle Nunez designed the class and our workshops have never been so colorful, or smelled so good. The Make Space’s streak of exciting new programming continues in April with Rubber Band Month.  We are devoting a whole month to the lowly rubber band and exploring all the incredible things you can build with one loop of rubber, some craft sticks, and a whole lotta hot glue.  Expect helicopters, propeller cars, catapults, and more!Hope to see you soon!
- Reid

This weekend, March 22nd & 23rd, check out our Vibro Bots workshop.  Vibro Bots use vibrations to dance and skitter around, a lot like Brush Bots, except there is no brush!  Learn how to make these fun twittering critters and hack our designs with our own ideas and innovations.  

The following weekend March 29th & 30th, is your last chance to take part in our new, and immensely popular, Colorblock Crayon Candles workshop.  

If you haven’t heard, in our Colorblock Crayon Candles class (say that 5 times fast!) we explore the phases of matter and the ancient art of candle making but in a whole new colorful way by melting down crayons and adding our own custom scents.  Maker Space Resident Janelle Nunez designed the class and our workshops have never been so colorful, or smelled so good. 

The Make Space’s streak of exciting new programming continues in April with Rubber Band Month.  We are devoting a whole month to the lowly rubber band and exploring all the incredible things you can build with one loop of rubber, some craft sticks, and a whole lotta hot glue.  Expect helicopters, propeller cars, catapults, and more!

Hope to see you soon!

- Reid

This Saturday, March 1st, we are excited to work with Guest Maker Kevin Harper on a workshop where you will learn how to use sewing machines!  We will be making tote bags from scratch will all the buttons and zippers your heart desires.  This workshop is for one day only so make sure you get here for the 1:30 class or 3:30 class on Saturday!  Please note that we will not be having any workshops this Sunday March 2nd!

This Saturday, March 1st, we are excited to work with Guest Maker Kevin Harper on a workshop where you will learn how to use sewing machines!  We will be making tote bags from scratch will all the buttons and zippers your heart desires.  This workshop is for one day only so make sure you get here for the 1:30 class or 3:30 class on Saturday!  

Please note that we will not be having any workshops this Sunday March 2nd!



This lil guy is sad because there wont be any workshops this weekend.  Dont worry though, we’ll be back next weekend with a sewing machine workshop where you get to make your own tote bag!  We are…totes excited.

This lil guy is sad because there wont be any workshops this weekend.  Dont worry though, we’ll be back next weekend with a sewing machine workshop where you get to make your own tote bag!  We are…totes excited.

Burrrrrrr its cold outside!  This Saturday and Sunday at the Maker Space, beat the chill with the coziest workshop in town, where we learn how to hand sew and make our very own stuffed animals or small pillows.  We will learn how to use needle and thread to sew on buttons and make stitches too create a funny faced Stuffie or a cool little pillow. 

We have two workshops each day, the first from 1:30-3:00 and the second from 3:30-5:00.  Register on the day of the event at the NYSCI admissions area.

Hope to see you there.  Stay warm!

This weekend we are making Brush Bots!  These simple robots dance and skitter around by using vibrations created by a motor.  Ideal for ages 6 and up, (no soldering!) drop in between 1:30pm and 5pm on Saturday or Sunday.  See you there!

NYSCI Animate it! Photobooth
Check out the photos from todays “4D” Animated Gif Photobooth.  With the indispensable help of Sean McIntyre we created a system where 4 cameras are arranged in a line and take a photo simultaneously. These 4 images are then stitched together to create a kinetic animated gif.  The effect is somewhat like the “bullet time” effect first seen in the Matrix movies.  To find your photos click the image above to go to the album.  NOTE: To see your animated gifs and download them, find your images in the gallery, click on them, and then click the little gear symbol in the upper right hand corner of the image.  From there you can view the animated “Full Resolution Image” - use that URL if you want to send a link to anyone or you can download it by clicking “Download Full Resolution”.  To view animated gifs that you have downloaded, just open them in any web browser.

NYSCI Animate it! Photobooth

Check out the photos from todays “4D” Animated Gif Photobooth.  With the indispensable help of Sean McIntyre we created a system where 4 cameras are arranged in a line and take a photo simultaneously. These 4 images are then stitched together to create a kinetic animated gif.  The effect is somewhat like the “bullet time” effect first seen in the Matrix movies.  

To find your photos click the image above to go to the album.  

NOTE: To see your animated gifs and download them, find your images in the gallery, click on them, and then click the little gear symbol in the upper right hand corner of the image.  From there you can view the animated “Full Resolution Image” - use that URL if you want to send a link to anyone or you can download it by clicking “Download Full Resolution”.  To view animated gifs that you have downloaded, just open them in any web browser.

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The Maker Space is a learning environment where children, teens, adults and families can tinker, design, and create together.

In our workshops we use real tools to make real things and re-use everyday materials in exciting ways. From woodworking and plaster casting to electronics and 3D printing, we encourage experimentation, open-ended exploration, and believe that making mistakes is a great way to learn.

Our workshops are hands on and can get messy, so when you come to a class, don't wear your favorite shirt!


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