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Marek Michalowski's interactive robotic toy, My Keepon™

Come to the Exploratorium this weekend as the Tinkering Studio hosts the first of four Open MAKE Saturdays. It runs from 10am to 2pm on the third Saturday of each month through April. Explore your own creativity with makers from around the Bay Area, who will share their art, ingenuity, and techniques for making. In addition, Dale Dougherty, founder and editor of MAKE, ends each session by interviewing featured makers in the McBean Theater.

This month’s theme, Toys, and will include interactions with five particularly playful makers:

Accessorize with Toys

Accessorize with Toys

And it’s not an Open MAKE without some making! Dissect toys, build a kinetic contraption from copper wire or a scribbling machine, perfect a tricky top, or create beautiful art with a kaleidoscope. The museum will offer activities ongoing from 10am to 2pm on a first-come, first-served basis. Or come early to reserve a scheduled spot with emiko and Shana for their Accessorize with Toys workshop.

Open MAKE is a collaboration between the Exploratorium, MAKE magazine, and Pixar Animation Studios. If you are a fan of Maker Faire, you won’t want to miss these tasty appetizers organized by our friends at the Exploratorium. The event is included in the price of the museum’s general admission and open to everyone.

This Saturday morning is also the first regional meeting of the Bay Area participants in the Young Makers program, where kids can work together to prepare a project to exhibit at this spring’s Maker Faire. Those who have registered for the Young Makers program should receive instructions for entry by email. Make sure you sign up with us if you are a Young Maker!

By the way, if you are the teacher or a parent of kids between the ages of about 5 and 9, you may have noticed that while we welcome enthusiastic makers of any age, the Young Makers program is currently aimed at ages 12 and up. Well, there’s a new group forming to discuss how we can support the specific needs of the littlest makers, and it will meet during the regional meeting this Saturday.

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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