What is a Makerspace? A Makerspace is a center where people get together to make things. While not just for young people, makerspaces are proving to be a fun, hands-on approach to getting young people into technology and sciences. In a makerspace, you’ll find traditional design tools in addition to advanced digital fabrication tools.
What is the Maker Movement? In 2005 O'Reilly created Make Magazine and launched the 1st Maker Faire in 2006. It has inspired people from all the around the world to become Makers. The maker culture is a technology-based extension of the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) culture.
What’s special about The Makery? As valuable as SAT prep is learning to Make, and having the option of a workshop where young people can discover, invent and create. There currently aren’t many makerspaces for youth. Most schools do not have such facilities nor programs. At the Makery, students are introduced to the Maker’s approach. They will explore engineering-oriented pursuits, problem-solving, and develop their own projects driven by their own interests and talents. Through these projects, students explore and expand their core STEM competencies.
Why STEM? STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education creates creative critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and creates the next generation of innovators. Innovation leads to new products and processes that sustain our economy. This innovation and science literacy depends on a solid knowledge base in the core STEM areas.
What type of stuff can I do at at the Makery? Activities at the Makery are participant driven. We will give demonstrations, show examples, and have students pick activities. For instance, students will have the opportunity to design 3-D models on the computer, and make them with the Makerbot 3-D Printer. They will learn to solder simple circuits together, and write basic computer programs. Students can also design and fabricate their own customized stickers, and silk screens for t-shirts.
What is physical computing? Physical computing means building interactive physical systems with electronics. The Arduino microcontroller system is a low cost, open-source approach to physical computing. Students can design their own robots, video game controllers, interactive toys, mp3 players, or anything that they can think of.
What is a Makerbot 3-D Printer? MakerBots are affordable, personal fabrication tools, compact enough to sit on a desktop. MakerBot users produce physical objects from strands of melted plastic filament, an activity described as 3-D Printing or "Makerbotting." The increasing availability of low-cost personal fabrication tools has the potential to transform the way we think about design education and local production.
Will you do a pop up makerspace in my community or venue? Feel free to contact email@example.com about us bringing our pop-up makerspace to your area. Our longer term goal is to create a more permanent storefront and makerspace.
Are adults allowed to participate in the workshops? Adults can participate, but must be accompanied by children :)
How do I register my child for a Pop-Up workshop or class? You can follow this link to our Eventbrite page: http://bitly.com/nycmakery You can choose to sign up your child for any combination of full week, full day, or afternoon sessions.
Is there are early drop off / late pick up? In case you need to drop your child off early, or pick your child up later, we can accommodate on a case by case basis for an extra fee.