Young Makers Opens Its Biggest Season Ever

Young Makers Opens Its Biggest Season Ever


Kids, parents and teachers making in the Bay Area:

We are thrilled to announce that we’re expanding to three host organizations in the Bay Area for the 2013 season: The Tech Museum of Innovation (in San Jose, for the South Bay), the Lawrence Hall of Science (in Berkeley, for the East Bay), and The Bay School of San Francisco (for San Francisco and North Bay). For the past three years, Open MAKE has been a collaboration between the Exploratorium, MAKE magazine, and Pixar Animation Studios. The Exploratorium will be closed during this year’s program as it moves to the piers, so the Bay Area welcomes these three new regional hubs as they step up to host Young Makers meetings, workshops, and exhibits in the Open MAKE tradition initiated by The Tinkering Studio.

If you are a fan of Maker Faire, the brilliant, inventive energy of these 12 events will tide you over until the main Faire in San Mateo on May 18-19. Each hub will host one event per month, and the day begins at 10am, starting a week from tomorrow with Open MAKE @ The Tech on Saturday, January 12 — an ideal location for Young Makers in the South Bay. The Lawrence Hall of Science welcomes Young Makers from around the East Bay the following Saturday, January 19th. Finally, The Bay School hosts the regional meeting for Young Makers of San Francisco and the North Bay on Saturday, January 26th. Then, there are three events for each of the next three months. Dates for the 2013 Bay Area Young Makers season are:

TechThe Tech Museum of Innovation

in San Jose

Four Saturdays

January 12 (Robots)

February 16 (Flight)

March 16 (Wearable Tech)

April 13 (Music)

Note: Register on The Tech’s page for the different events. While Meet-the-Maker talks are “full”, there’s standing room around the space. The YM-only workshop is from 1-2.

LHSThe Lawrence Hall of Sciencein Berkeley

Four Saturdays

January 19 (Cities)

February 16 (Games & Toys)

March 16 (Bikes)

April 20 (Tiny)


BayThe Bay School of San Franciscoin the Presidio

Four Saturdays

January 26

February 23

March 23

April 13


At each site, visitors are invited to explore their own creativity with makers from around the Bay Area who will share their art, ingenuity, and techniques for making.

These events are open to all. Young Makers’ attendance is complimentary at the two museums when you register in advance, and for other visitors, access to the events is included in the price of the museums’ general admission. At The Bay School, the events are free to registered participants.

To register for one of these Bay Area events, please visit

Kids, parents and teachers making outside the Bay Area:

You can start clubs and hubs too! Take a look at to find out more. Make sure you sign up for our mailing list, and if you have a club going, add it to our directory.

What’s this all about?

The Young Makers program connects young people (ages 8-17) with adult mentors and fabricators to create opportunities for kids to dream up and develop projects for exhibition at Maker Faire each year. We encourage kids 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. We all work together to create a collaborative culture of creativity, innovation and experimentation. In addition, we bring program participants together for monthly meetups to explore different kinds of making and to talk about their own work in progress. In the Young Makers program, there are no winners and losers; the focus is on exhibition, not competition, and just like Maker Faire, anything that’s cool is fair game.To find out more about the program, visit

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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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