Are You a Maker? Workshop Series

February 22, March 1, March 8, and March 10

The popular Are You a Maker? Workshop series returns with a new theme—everyday objects taken to the extreme! Work together in child and adult pairs and get hands-on with ordinary materials, such as cardboard boxes, paper, and tape, to explore scientific principles and engineer complex creations. Designed and led in part by Dan Schneiderman, co-chair of Maker Faire Rochester, the Are You a Maker? series is limited to 20 adult/child pairs. (Children must be between ages eight and 12.)

The program concludes with a celebration at The Strong where participants share their favorite construction with the public in a special display.

Workshop Schedule

  • Friday, February 22, 6:30–8 p.m.: Understand how cardboard boxes maintain their stability and put that knowledge to use building furniture and costumes.
  • Friday, March 1, 6:30–8 p.m.: Make sculptures out of different types of tape and create fabric for outfits.  
  • Friday, March 8, 6:30–8 p.m.: Using paper, build two- and three-dimensional designs and circuits.
  • Sunday, March 10, noon–2 p.m.: Maker Celebration and Showcase! Choose your favorite project to showcase in a display at The Strong and enjoy free general admission for the day.

Enrollment Information

Advanced registration with payment is required. Last year’s program sold out quickly. Enrollment for the workshop series is $65 and includes both child and adult. Children should be between the ages of eight and 12. Each registered child must be accompanied by their adult at each session. Space is limited to 20 child/adult pairs. All sessions take place in The Strong’s classrooms.

About Workshop Instructor Dan Schneiderman

Dan Schneiderman co-chairs the annual Maker Faire Rochester—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 and New York State, including the Light Painting Photobooth experience at the Rochester Fringe Festival and the New York State Fair, duct tape flowers and milk jug igloo for the Rochester Museum and Science Center, built an Iron Throne out of cardboard for the Henrietta Public Library, and more. Schneiderman currently works for the K–12 Center at RIT as a Senior Outreach Specialist.

Cancellation Policy

In the event of a weather-related cancellation, the make-up class will be communicated to registrants via email.

Please complete this form to be added to the waiting list for future workshops.