Maker Studio

Summer 2017

Maker Studio is back for Summer 2017! Visit Innovation Studios this summer for an exciting new group of DIY activities led by Makers and staff here at the museum. This summer we'll revisit some of our favorite Maker Studio activities from the past and explore new ways of making as well!


 

Summer Drop-In Times:

Thursday through Saturday, 10 AM - 4 PM

Feel free to drop into Maker Studio during any of these times! All activities are included with general admission to the museum and are available for guests ages 8 and up. (Participation in Maker Studio is first-come, first-served and, due to limited space and time, is not open for field trip groups.)

Upcoming Summer Maker Studio Dates:

June 30th-July 2nd: Light and Sound
Explore how Art and Technology can combine as we play with Light and Sound in this week’s Maker Studio! Use light and special materials to create artistic shadows and then use motors and code to set them in motion. Then try your hand at creating a sound based program using Scratch and controlling it with unique objects and a MakeyMakey. Blur the lines of art and science in this week’s Maker Studio!
July 14th-16th: Leatherworking
Learn how leather is cut and tooled into amazing designs while you create your own small project! You’ll have the opportunity to try cutting and stamping your project or go deeper and learn how to add snaps and lacing.
July 21st-23rd: Cardboard Arcade
Last year’s summertime hit is back: Cardboard Arcade! Based off the concept of Caine’s Arcade, you can help design and build your own cardboard game. Make something big to leave behind like a miniature golf challenge or make something smaller to take home like a handheld pinball machine!
July 28th-30th: DIY Chain Maille
Discover the ancient craft of chain maille! Learn how to craft your own rings and join them together to make fun wearables and art. You can also check out how to recycle can tabs as a green way to make awesome armor and jewelry. Lastly, visit on Saturday and you’ll get to meet a local chain maille expert who can help guide you through awesome projects throughout the day!
August 4th-6th: Plant to Plate
Get your hands dirty and you learn how to DIY your own chia pet and then wash up as you take on the world of molecular gastronomy. You’ll learn about basics such gelification and spherification as well as be able to see special demonstrations on how to make hot ice cream! 
August 11th-13th: TECHtiles
A classic Maker Studio theme, check out how knitting and coding are related and then try fusing plastic to create your own “green” fabric. Learn basic sewing skills as you get to try your hand at using a real sewing machine. Try creating a reusable tote bag, waterproof hat, or tool bag!

June 15th-17th
Cardboard Automata
Combine your inner artist and mechanic as you create moving sculptures that explore simple machines, linkages, and the physics of motion.

June 22th-24th 
Arduino Kaleidoscopes
Art and technology work together to create a kaleidoscope like you’ve never seen before! Upcycle an old CD, decorate it, and learn to code a microcontroller to set your art into motion.

June 29th-July 1st
Circular Weaving
Explore weaving in a whole new way! Wrap your own loom and then learn to weave amazing circular designs and then take your project home to display.

July 13th-15th
Paper Animatronics
Last summer’s hit project is back! Learn more about the exciting world of animatronics where you’ll have the opportunity to create a character and bring it to life using circuits, motors, and coding.

July 20th-22nd
Music & Technology
Science never sounded so good! Try projects like creating a digital instrument using unusual objects or crafting musical greeting cards as you explore how the worlds of technology and music combine.

July 27th-29th
Cardboard Arcade

This annual favorite is back: Cardboard Arcade! Based off the concept of Caine’s Arcade, you can help design and build your own cardboard game. Make something big to leave behind like a miniature golf challenge or make something smaller to take home like a handheld pinball machine!

August 3rd-5th
TECHtiles

A classic Maker Studio theme, check out how fashion and coding are related by custom printing fabric and then try fusing plastic to create your own “green” fabric. Learn basic sewing skills as you get to try your hand at using a real sewing machine. Try creating a reusable tote bag, waterproof hat, or tool bag!

August 10th-12th
Plant to Plate

Discover how food, plants, science, and art connect in Maker Studio this week. Create micro-planters out of felted wool for small plants and see what our Maker chefs are whipping up. Try everything from old fashioned hand-making butter to modern techniques of molecular gastronomy!

 


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Maker Studio?

Maker Studio is a pop-up space located in Innovation Studios designed to give guests ages 8 & up an opportunity to engage with local Makers and have hands-on making experiences.

What is Making?

Making is a unique way of “learning through doing” and getting hands-on using technology. Making can involve everything from low-tech crafting tools to high-tech computerized and electrical components. The idea is to create new things and do so in a culture that celebrates sharing ideas and learning together how to DIY.

When is Maker Studio open?

During the school year (October-May), Maker Studio will be open the first weekend of the month from 10 AM – 5 PM on Saturday and 12 PM – 4 PM on Sunday. During summer, Maker Studio operates 6-8 weeks from June through August.

Does it cost anything to participate in Maker Studio?

Maker Studio activities are included with regular museum admission and are not an additional charge.

Why ages 8 & up?

Maker Studio is designed to be a space where older students and adults can work independently on maker projects. Many of these activities require the use of tools that are not suitable for younger students to utilize on their own, such as drills, soldering irons, high-temperature glue guns, or electronic components. Also, much of the content explored in Maker Studio activities requires some background knowledge of concepts that are not typically taught to younger students. Lastly, there are spaces within the museum that cater to the learning needs of younger guests, and Maker Studio provides that same structure for older guests as a safe place to explore activities that meet their learning needs.

Families that have children younger than eight are welcome to stay in the space with the older siblings to observe. Activities for younger children will also be available nearby outside the dedicated Maker Studio area. Parents/Guardians are also welcome to allow their children ages 8 & up to stay in Maker Studio and work independently while their adult supervisor stays on-site at the museum.


Have a question that is not answered here? Email make@fwmsh.org or call 817-255-9309 

 


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Fun Fact
The full length feature films over on the Quick Turn Reel Unit, added in Sept. 2005, can hold a two and a half hour movie, weighing in at over 700 pounds and stretching over 9 miles long!

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