Big Weekend for Bay Area Young Makers

Bikes Education Wearables Workshop
Big Weekend for Bay Area Young Makers


We have another two wonderful Young Maker/Open Make events happening in the San Francisco Bay Area Saturday, March 16. Just like last month, you’ll have to pick just one of these two happenings because they occur simultaneously on opposite ends of the Bay. Each offers a flurry of activity that starts at 10am and ends with an inspiring “meet-the-makers” panel discussion.

The events are at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose and Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science. Each museum is also hosting a plussing session, where registered Young Makers can develop and finesse their projects for Maker Faire Bay Area.

Two Open Makes/Young Makers Meetings From North to South

woolcardLawrence Hall of Science pedals its way into our hearts with the wheely wonderful theme of bikes at Open Make @ the Hall. Bring your helmet so you can take a spin in the saddle, or take your turn with a wide range of projects in bicycle hacks, pedal-powered electronics and art, or bike repair. The day includes Cyclecide on the plaza, Rock the Bike’s pedal-powered stage, “Wacky Bikes” by Young Makers Stavros Boutris and Jake Wallin, fruit smoothies from East Bay Bicycle Coalition‘s pedal-powered blender, our own Stephanie Chang demoing the Bike-to-Scale Energy Bike, “bike fills” by East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse, Katharine-Ellen Jolda’s wool-working Cyclocarder (pictured right), and electric bikes. Dale Dougherty will moderate the Meet the Makers panel.

softelectric2 folktails fitbit

graceThe Tech Museum’s third Open Make @ The Tech struts its stuff with the theme of Wearable Tech. Come make LED bling, help build and then play a conductive musical jacket, and program LED patterns with TinkerTags. Featured makers include wearable technology designer Grace Kim (teaching, pictured right), Fitbit R&D director Shelten Yuen, and Young Makers’ own Team Folktails (pictured center, above).

Learn more about the Featured Makers or the event.

Registered Young Makers get free museum admission on Open Make days for themselves and one adult mentor. Additional family members get into the museum at the group rates.

And next weekend…

There is yet a third Young Makers meeting on March 23 at The Bay School in San Francisco. The theme of that meeting is Fabrication, and it will feature jewelry designer Alexis R Turner and metalworker Tom Lipton, writer of Metalworking Sink or Swim: Tips and Tricks for Machinists, Welders, and Fabricators and the blog, Nothing Too Strong Ever Broke. Representatives from Autodesk will run workshops on 3D design and fabrication using their 123D line of products. You can read more details about the Bay School Young Makers meeting here.

Whether you can come to an event this weekend (or next) or not…

If you are a young maker interested in creating your own project to exhibit at Maker Faire, just fill out our registration form to get started.

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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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