Playful Engineers Teaching Artist Jay Mankita

Online & Virtual Workshops

Jay offers live virtual workshops, plus ongoing, interactive online classes for your school, homeschool group, library, organization, or family.
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& Tutorials

Jay’s how-to instructions for building chain reaction parts and other creative contraptions. A growing library of resources.


Short examples and demonstration videos from Jay’s work as a teaching artist.

Traveling Maker Space

Jay travels to schools, libraries, camps – all sorts of public and private events.

The Traveling Maker Space” has been mostly off the road, till big school gatherings and toy-sharing library events are back in season. During this time, Jay has converted his home workshop into a modern, online demonstration studio.

Jay is now booking limited in-person outdoor events, and looks forward to putting his Traveling Maker Space back on the road!

Musical Concerts

Before starting Playful Engineers in 2015, Jay had been busy performing for kids and families throughout the Northeast for over 25 years.

A musical activist in ecology, nutrition, peace, and justice, Jay is an award winning songwriter, and an engaging performing artist.

His musical concerts are refreshingly positive, often funny, and always fun.

Booking now for your school, library, or community group. 
(You can also book Jay’s concerts for adults!)

Current Concerts:
The Day The Library Went Wild
Eat Like A Rainbow
Home Sweet Home
Holiday Concert
Halloween Concert
Family Concert