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For young makers, making is more than learning how to use a particular tool or a technique. It's experiencing the power of a material, technology, or tool as a language of self expression. It's PLAYING with different languages and experiencing the magic of connections that is made when what you... Read more »


As the Los Angeles host for the Maker Education Initiative's Maker Corp program, The Exploratory has had the honor of seeing 18+ adults using the same materials that we use with 4+ Maker Scouts and noticing the differences and similarities. It occurred to me today, that children are more apt... Read more »


As educators, we are always seeking subjects that are robust enough to allow children to have choices and are gender neutral to maximize engagement. The Exploratory specializes in developing projects that incorporate several learning opportunities into one project. This week, we introduced circuits and robotics and continued woodworking skills all... Read more »


Our first session of the Maker Scouts Los Angeles featured sneak peeks at different making materials to show young children what some possibilities are. We have many scouts who have not had any real hands on project-making before and it was very important for us to show them how capable... Read more »


The Exploratory has been providing making opportunities for young children in Los Angeles for two years through makeshops, public events, in class programs, camps, birthday parties, and educator makeshops. Our mission is to provide tinkering and making learning opportunities for children to practice the mindset skills that they will need... Read more »