Weekend Programs

July Weekend Workshops:
Sew Cool Hand Sewing!


July is hand sewing month!  Learn how to stitch fabric together to make a sunglasses case or small beach bag!

Saturday, July 5 : 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
Sunday, July 6 : 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
Sunday, July 13 : 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
Saturday, July 26 : 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
Sunday, July 27 : 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm

*Find us on Saturday July 12th making something fun, free, and rocket related for the Space: Innovation + Exploration event*

We need sunglasses for bright summer days but where do you put your shades at night? Stop by Maker Space this month to make an answer to that question by sewing your own sunglass case! We will learn how to measure and cut fabric, sew a few different hand stitches, and how to attach buttons, straps and other trimmings. If you already have a case for your sunglasses, you can learn how to sew a cool beach bag or hip pouch.

Workshops are for recommended for ages 6+ and cost $5 per adult/child pair ($3 for NYSCI members). Register on the day of the event at the NYSCI admissions area.

July Wildcard Weekend:
Learn to Solder Luminescent Night Lights!

Learn how to solder an interactive color changing night light!  Then create hot glue sculptures to turn your circuit into a one of kind lantern.  

Saturday, July 19 : 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
Sunday, July 20 : 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm

Learn to solder while building a light sensitive color changing night light!  The Luminescent Night Light was designed in house at the Maker Space and is a simple electronics kit that only turns on its rainbow colored LED when its dark out.  The second half of the class is spent creating hot glue sculptures that we can put on our circuits.

This workshop is recommended for ages 7+ and costs $10 per adult/child pair ($8 for NYSCI members). Register on the day of the event at the NYSCI admissions area. 



August Weekend Workshops:
The One Block Challenge!

August is The One Block Challenge, a brain teaser for your hands.  What can you create with just one block wood and a few simple hand tools?

Saturday, August 2nd : 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
Sunday, August 3rd : 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
Sunday, August 10th : 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
Saturday, August 23rd : 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
Sunday, August 24th : 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
Saturday, August 30th : 1:30 - 3 pm & 3:30 - 5 pm
Sunday, August 31st : 1:30 - 3 pm & 3:30 - 5 pm

*Find us on Saturday August 9th making rubber band powered boats for the Water: Innovation + Exploration event*

Working off the bit of wisdom that “limitation is the mother of creativity” we are spending the month exploring what you can build with just a 3 inch block of wood and a few simple hand tools.  On Saturdays test the limits of your creativity to see what you can make with a block of wood, a small saw and hot glue.  On Sundays, discover your inner Michelangelo as you carve and transform a small block of wood into anything you can imagine using a rasp and a file.  For more information check out project page for The One Block Challenge.

Workshops are for ages 6+, and cost $3 per parent child pair ($1 for NYSCI Members).  We have two workshops each day from 1:30-3:00 and 3:30-5:00.  Families are encouraged to stay for the whole class.  Register on the day of the event at the NYSCI admissions area.  




August Wildcard Weekend: 
WoodBots!


(Wood + Simple Hand Tools x Elastic) / You = Wooden Robots!

Saturday, August 16 : 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
Sunday, August 17 : 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm

Everyone loves robots and electronics but what about their more natural analog cousins: WoodBots?  What a WoodBot you ask?  Well its a posable robot made out of wood!  For one weekend only learn how to use simple hand tools like saws and drills to make your own WoodBot.  Then incorporate some high-tech elastic technology to make it posable. 

Workshops are for ages 7+, and cost $5 per parent child pair ($3 for NYSCI Members).  We have two workshops each day from 1:30-3:00 and 3:30-5:00.  Families are encouraged to stay for the whole class.  Register on the day of the event at the NYSCI admissions area. 


If you have any questions about Makerspace programming write to Reid at rbingham@nysci.org.

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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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