Saturday, August 31, 2013

Maker Space is Coming to Phoenix!

MAKE is coming to Phoenix!

Have you ever wanted to play with electronics, but weren't sure how they worked? Have you wanted to introduce squishy circuits, snap circuits, robotics, and circuit building to your kids but weren't sure how to start? Are your kids interested in the maker spaces that are sweeping the nation, enticing kids to embrace inventiveness and creativity and MAKE things?

If so, I have fantastic news for you! The Phoenix Public Library is opening up a FREE weekly make space for kids! They'll be exploring electronics using snap circuits, squishy circuits, Arduiono, Makey Makey invention kits, and more! Hackers Haven will be open in the Phoenix Library every Tuesday, from 6-7pm, spanning the months of September, October, and through the end of November.


I am incredibly excited about this news! Kat and I will be down there every Tuesday, learning about electronics, robotics, and making things!

Who knows, maybe when we're done, we can make these guys light up!

They still have a certain Strange Charm...

5 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing this! The library website says suggested age range is 10-18. My son is 6, and he loves electronics, robots, and anything creative. I'm a little worried that he might be too young, but we may try it anyway.

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    1. You should definitely do it, Jamie! My daughter is almost 8, and is really excited about learning more about electronics and engineering. Each week will feature a different activity, so if the first one is something that is a bit more challenging, you can always look to another one.

      I'm really looking forward to snap circuits, squishy circuits, and the Makey Makey invention kits. Those seem like they would be perfect for Kat's age level, and the rest of the sessions should be perfect for the both of us!

      I'm hoping that they'll give some info before each session to give us an idea of what we can look forward to. If they do, I'll be sure to share that information. :)

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    2. Thanks for replying! We didn't make it today, but I'm going to try for next week. We're in Goodyear, so it's a bit of a drive!

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  2. I just learned of this "makespace" concept tonight. Very cool! Is any of it directed to preschoolers? We are homeschooling too and my 2 1/2 year old has an insatiable need to understand how things work. I had no idea how indepth his curiosity toward systems is until we went on a tour of the transfer station recycling facility. The science center is on my list a lot earlier than I had imagined! Thanks!

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    1. It is really a fantastic concept! I think 2 1/2 might be a bit young for the library maker space, but the science center would be perfect! There is a ton of room for play and learning there, and this month they are going to have a ton of fantastic hands on demonstrations, experiments, and activities for kids (including LOTS of oobleck and bubble science!).

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