This Saturday, Feb 18: Young Makers/Open MAKE at the Exploratorium

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stroboscopic photo shows the 4th dimension
stroboscopic photo shows the 4th dimension
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Come to the Exploratorium this weekend as the Tinkering Studio hosts the second of four Open MAKE Saturdays. Explore your own creativity with makers from around the Bay Area, who will share their art, ingenuity, and techniques for making.

The event runs from 10am to 2pm on the third Saturday of each month through April. For this month’s theme, Time, Dale Dougherty, founder and publisher of MAKE, will end the day with interviews with seven totally “timely” makers:

  • David Forbes will talk about his passion for making clocks and watches with nixie tubes and oscilloscopes.
  • Julie Chen describes working with handmade books and printing techniques as a “time-based medium.”
  • Roger Wood, in addition to setting up a portable workshop in the Tinkering Studio, will talk about making clocks from recycled and found gadgets and mechanical wonders.
  • The Exploratorium’s Nicole Catrett will talk about her homemade stroboscope, which has since become a permanent exhibit on the museum floor.
  • Five Ton Crane (a.k.a. Alan Rorie, David Shulman, and Sean Orlando) will share their retro-futuristic large installation projects, such as their Raygun Gothic Rocket

The “Meet the Makers” interviews will be webcast live — click here to watch.

On the museum floor you can take a trip through time with diverse activities like stroboscope photography, Ken Murphy‘s A History of the Sky, a week-long Sumi Ink Club collective drawing, life-sized stop-motion animation, metaphorical clocks, and more. Stop by and say hello at MAKE magazine’s table dedicated to the beloved 555 timer!

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 second 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!

SPECIAL NOTE: You cannot take the Bay Bridge to this event. The westbound direction will be closed all weekend. You can drive east from San Francisco after the event, however.

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Michelle, or Binka, makes . While at Maker Media, she oversaw 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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