Child and adult work together to get hands-on with everyday materials—such as cardboard boxes, paper, and lightbulbs—to explore scientific principles and engineer complex creations. Designed and led in part by Dan Schneiderman, research associate and community liaison at Rochester Institute of Technology’s MAGIC (Media Arts Games Interaction Creativity) Center, the Are You a Maker? series is offered in two time-specific sessions, each limited to 15 child-adult pairs. (Children must be between ages eight and 12 by January 1, 2018.)
The program concludes with a celebration where participants share their favorite construction with the public in a special display at The Strong.
Select a Session
Ages 8 through 12
9 to 10:15 a.m.
Session B SOLD OUT
Ages 8 through 12
10:45 a.m. to noon
- Saturday, January 13: It’s Electric! Learn how circuits are constructed, experiment with circuits made from paper and Play Doh, and create a light-up greeting card.
- Saturday, January 20: Build It! Understand how cardboard boxes maintain their stability and put that knowledge to use building houses and vehicles.
- Saturday, January 27: Figure It Out! Put logic skills to the test as you work through different mazes, including a giant floor maze; build a tricky maze for others to solve.
- Sunday, January 28: Maker Celebration and Showcase! Choose your favorite project to showcase in a display at The Strong and enjoy free general admission for the day.
Early registration is encouraged. This program will sell out quickly. Enrollment for the workshop series is $49 and includes both child and adult. Children should be between the ages of eight and 12 by January 1, 2018. Each registered child must be accompanied by their adult at each session. Advanced registration with payment is required. Space is limited to 15 child-adult pairs per session. All sessions take place in The Strong’s classrooms.
About Workshop Instructor Dan Schneiderman
Dan Schneiderman serves as a researcher and community liaison at RIT’s MAGIC Center. He is also one of the co-chairs of the annual Rochester Mini Maker Faire—which combines elements of a science fair, craft fair, and carnival. Schneiderman became a representative of the New York State “maker movement” to the White House in 2016. In March of 2017, he organized and hosted the first New York State Maker Summit. He has also organized maker activities across Rochester, including the LED Throwies experience at the Street Light Festival and Fringe Festival, duct tape flowers for the Rochester Museum and Science Center, and more. Recently, Schneiderman led the construction of the Rochester Fringe Festival Green Room, a lounge made from 1,150 one-gallon milk or water jugs.