notouchgarden2011 1024x642 Young Makers: Kickoff Next Wed.    New Season and Playbook

May will be here before you know it. Now’s the time to start putting together a Maker Club. Get the kids you know to stretch their making skills to the limit, build something amazing, and show off their projects at Maker Faire just over five months from now. We expect that there will be more Young Makers than ever this year at Maker Faire Bay Area, and we hope to hear about more Maker Clubs sprouting up around the world for Maker Faires and Mini Maker Faires far and wide.

Please join us for an organizational meeting to kick off the 2012 offering of the Young Makers program:

  • …if you want to start or continue a Maker Club in your area.
  • …if you are interested in mentoring a Young Maker.
  • …if you’re the parent (or teacher) of a Young Maker who wants to connect with other adults-helping-kids-make.

Young Makers Organizational Kickoff
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
at the Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

Although we will focus on the program whose regional meetings will happen at the Exploratorium, we welcome participants who would like to start clubs and hubs everywhere and anywhere. Whether or not you can come, we encourage you to review the current draft of the playbook we’ve been developing to help clubs get up and running.

The meeting is intended for adults only. It should run about an hour, after which, attendees are welcome to mingle with one another. (Please note that the museum will have closed at 5:00pm.)

For planning purposes, please RSVP for the Kickoff.

Whether or not you attend, and no matter where you’re making, be sure to sign up to get news about Young Makers. And if you’ve started a Maker Club already, tell us about it so we can add you to our list of club affiliates.

Other upcoming dates for Young Makers
If you love Maker Faire, you don’t have to wait to get your fix. The Exploratorium will host four Saturday events that serve up a tasty teaser of the main event in May. You don’t want to miss these! Open Make events include hands-on workshops on the floor of the museum, a panel of inspiring Makers interviewed by Dale Dougherty, and a sampling of the kinds of exhibits and demos you appreciate at Maker Faire. For those participating in a Maker Club in the Young Makers program, you’d also be welcome to the monthly regional meetings on the same Saturdays.

These will be held at the Exploratorium on the third Saturday of each month, 10am to 2pm.

  1. Saturday, Jan 21st
  2. Saturday, Feb 18th
  3. Saturday, March 17th
  4. Saturday, April 21st

Michelle "Binka" Hlubinka

Michelle, or Binka, is the Director of Custom Programs for Maker Media, overseeing publications, outreach, and programming for kids, families, and schools. Before joining Maker Media in 2007, she worked at the Exploratorium, in Mitchel Resnick’s Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, and as a curriculum designer for various publishers and educational researchers. When she’s not supporting future makers, including her two young sons, Binka does some making of her own, most often as a visual artist.


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