I'll be opening Novalabs for a weekly kids meetup on Tuesdays from 4 to 6. Please join us in exploring and inspiring young makers to make.
The goal of a makers space is to encourage making. It is a different way of "learning" STEM than in the classroom. More of an active "doing" of science. We want to encourage our younger makers by making the space available at an earlier time once a week. Many schools are planning after school maker spaces. If your school is not there yet, Novalabs has a lot of resources that will inspire your child to MAKE.
We have several amazing guest speakers who have volunteered to demonstrate things like Google Glass, 3D printing, a Silhouette Cameo cutter, molding, microcontrollers, prop making, a quadcopter drone, and programming. We will start each session with a demonstration of a project to help with the inspiration.
However, the main idea here is making not watching. So bring yours and your kids' projects or project ideas to work on and get help with. Bryce, my intrepid assistant, will help with computer programming projects, Arduino projects, electronics, digital drawing, robotics, and any lazer cutting.
We'll also have a growing number of project books I will help the kids browse to help the kids select from.
BRING your laptop!!! youTube is the greatest training tool ever invented. Followed closely by Google, DIY, Thingyverse, and Sketchup.
Remember, fine arts projects are science too. A lot of physics and chemistry. Bring them! One idea is to bring a hand or digital drawing so we can help make it into a lazer cutter project.
Tons of science connections in art projects! Non-techy artistist makers are exploring costume and prop making using the lazer cutter, spray foam, and resin. This is how they do it in Hollywood. We'll be tracking one maker's progress toward making an Iron Man costume for Holloween using some of these fabrication methods.
Let me know if you have questions please.