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screen shot 2012 11 14 at 11 26 42 am Young Makers: Bay Area Team Manager Kickoff

UPDATE: Watch the kickoff meeting online right here–http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCthQTFWUSHhsO0Eb8bms4hw?feature=mhee

The Young Makers Program announces its 2012 season in the Bay Area. The program connects young people with adult mentors and fabricators to create opportunities for kids to dream up and develop projects for Maker Faire each year. Kids are encouraged to develop projects based on their own interests and ideas. Past projects have included a pedal-powered trolley, furniture that doubles as a hamster habitat, a fire-breathing dragon, a seesaw water pump, an animatronic galloping horse, and a mobile spy camera. The collaborative environment fosters creativity, innovation, and experimentation. Program participants get together for monthly meetups to explore different kinds of making and to talk about their own work in progress. The focus is on exhibition, not competition, and just like Maker Faire, anything that’s cool is fair game.

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For the past three years the monthly meetings have been hosted by the Exploratorium. Although the Exploratorium will be closed during year’s program, there are three new  host organizations for the 2013 season: The Lawrence Hall of Science for Young Makers in the East Bay, The Tech Museum for those in the South Bay, and The Bay School of San Francisco for those in the North Bay.

Want to start or continue a maker club in your area? Interested in mentoring a young maker?  Are you a parent of a young maker who wants to connect with other parents?  Want to find out more about the program? Come to an adults-only organizational kickoff meeting Nov. 15 from 6:30-8pm at The Exploratorium. Please RSVP here.

Although the evening will focus on the Bay Area, participants who want to start clubs and regional hubs elsewhere are encouraged to come.  Remote access may be available so if can’t come be sure to check out youngmakers.org.

Stett Holbrook

Stett Holbrook is editor of the Bohemian, an alternative weekly in Santa Rosa, California. He is a former senior editor at Maker Media.

He is also the co-creator of Food Forward, a documentary TV series for PBS about the innovators and pioneers changing our food system.


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