Maker Lab: Spring 2016
“When you want to build a ship, do not begin by gathering wood, cutting boards, and distributing work, but awaken within the heart of (people) the desire for the vast and endless sea.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
We gather together to Make. We build, create, design, do, and redo. Creativity is a necessarily wasteful process, and we embrace using lots of materials, imagination, purposeful effort, and time. We lean forward into our creations.
We embrace the drive of creativity to experiment with materials and build skills in action. This is very important: skill in action leads to a flowering of the self. Why? Simple: “when you are wiser, you can be wilder.” – Maritza. (Just makes sense, doesn’t it? You don’t let the average two-year-old climb on the rafters. But we pay to watch circus performers do it.)
We believe in empowering Young Makers with the tools they need to bring their creativity into fruition. We believe Young Makers can and should experiment with materials and tools. We believe that skillful and confident handling of tools and materials of all kinds lends itself to being confident in our exploration of art, math, science, technology, and engineering.
We demonstrate projects regularly, to provide inspiration and expose the Makers to possibilities. We don’t require them to do only the project we demonstrate. We know that it takes time to process new ideas. (Don’t be surprised if your Maker is earnestly determined to make something six weeks after they saw it.)
We help them acquire the skills they need to accomplish their goals. We teach them how to use power tools, wear safety glasses, and thread a needle. We provide project ideas if a child would like guidance, and support when the child has their project in mind. We ask them to reach outside their comfort zones. We don’t tell them it will be easy; we tell them it will be worth it.
To give you an idea, our Lab rules are listed below.
– Don’t be on fire.
We currently have a class on Mondays (begins January 11, you can register here), and Maker Camps throughout school breaks and holidays.
Tentative calendar for demonstration projects in January (additional projects may be added):
- Learn to Solder: Makey Robot & LEDs.
- What can you do with the medium of paint?
- Intro to Circuits, Makey Makey
- Advanced: Makey Makey Pinball Game
- What can you do with Mod Podge?