It’s finally here - the Maker Space Flickr! Catch your daily dose of Maker Space pics, featuring projects from workshops, weekend programming, and prototyping sessions.
Young makers take clay modeling to a whole new level in our Sculpey Sculpting workshop! Kids carve designs into plaster discs and then imprint their drawings into Sculpey clay. From refrigerator magnets to necklace charms, and much, much more, the options are unlimited. Participants can challenge the bounds of their imagination to make new pieces that are both functional and artistic.
The twist? We oven-bake the pressed clay in a toaster oven. After just fifteen minutes, everyone’s creations emerge from the oven, ready to wear or display!
A giant “airworm” ran through the New York Hall of Science exhibits last Friday as part of our End-of-Summer Maker Corps celebration!
This was a completely impromptu project that we were inspired to make after exploring the odds and ends in our office. With a simple box fan and a roll of painter’s plastic, you can make an airworm at home and wear this smile on your face:
One whiff of the Maker Space during our Melted Crayon Art workshop will bring back memories of elementary school art class and afternoons spent poring over coloring books. To create this workshop, we hacked some glue guns to accommodate crayons, allowing each Crayola color to melt into a pool of pure awesomeness.
Kids can grab their favorite colors, peel off the wrappers, feed the crayons into a hot glue gun, and style their own artwork on pieces of cardstock. The result is a wildly ingenious array of color splash creations that capture the eyes’ attention at first glance.
What better way to ring in the month of August than with our new Summer Sampler series? Every weekend, we feature a variety of hour-long workshops with themes ranging from Melted Crayon Art to Stop-Motion Animation Creation, to Sculpey Sculpting…and plenty more in between. Each session offers endless opportunities for kids and parents alike to get in tune with their creative side, and leave with their very own craft to show proudly to their friends!
Children bring paper puppets, figurines, and props to life in our Stop-Motion Animation Creation workshop! Parents and kids can work together at three different stations, featuring 2D (“top-down”) animation, 3D animation, and kinesthetic (full-body) animation. Participants can make their own characters and backgrounds out of paper, Legos, and other materials - or even wear costumes to make themselves the stars of the show.
The possibilities are infinite as participants put together funny, dramatic, and sometimes even fantastical stories, one scene at a time on the open-source software Frame By Frame. Check out the innovative video above, made by a child in a recent workshop!
Maker Space is in the news!
David Wells, the Manager of Creative Learning and Making, was featured on Mashable.com for his work at the First Annual Google Geek Street Fair.
Also, check out Maker Corps member (pictured above) Jefferson Deng’s interview on Forbes, where he explains an interactive way of illustrating the science of sound waves. The clip begins at 1:25.
Image credit to Forbes.com
If you were to walk into the Maker Space any morning this week, you would see students trying on sparkly magician’s costumes, crafting twelve-inch tall Lego boats, solving intricate online mazes with the push of a button – and so much more. It’s all part of the creative frenzy we have come to know and love, especially over this past week as we hosted several Summer Quest camp groups.
There’s no better way to polish off the week than with an interactive three-hour Summer Quest workshop, chock full of opportunities to both learn and invent something new. The latest addition to the workshop is a Popcorn Maker seminar, where campers delved into the interactive Mozilla web app. Our usual selection of animation stations and Scratch workshops was also in full force, allowing participants to choose their own adventure before ringing in the weekend.
The Scratch and Popcorn Maker stations were set up in think-tank seminar-style, allowing campers to share ideas across the table and voice their opinions on each other’s work. Using the Mozilla web app, campers transformed ordinary YouTube videos into innovative multimedia experiences. After selecting their favorite music videos, movie scenes, or TV commercials, they infused the clips with live-action media such as Google maps, relevant web links, and plenty more.
Many students were previously familiar with the app, and took the opportunity to expand their horizons and challenge themselves to produce more intricate final projects. Over at the Scratch station, that same collaborative spirit was also in bloom, filling the air with the buzz of excited conversations and brainstorms.
The magic theme still carried on strong at the kinesthetic animation station, where campers strategized new camera tricks to fool their friends. At the top-down animation area, a camp instructor created a silent movie narrative depicting a Lego man escaping from a forest – only to get struck by a tree.
Inspired by his animation, several campers produced sequels to revive the Lego man from his unlucky fate. But in the end, it’s not a Friday without a bit of dancing – and of dancing, there was plenty. Before leaving for their buses, some campers enacted an impromptu Harlem Shake animation sequence and channeled their energy into a wonderfully silly magnum opus.
As the old adage goes, all good things must come to an end. But even though today was the final Summer Quest workshop event at Maker Space for the summer, tons of opportunities to tinker and create still lie in store.
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!