Online, Hands-on, STEAM-Powered Learning! Virtual makerspace workshops and presentations for all ages and abilities, led by teaching artist Jay Mankita.
We make it easy for you to gather and prep materials, or you can order classroom kits from us.
Extraordinary maker activities from craft sticks, paperclips, cardboard, dowels, brads, paper cups, and other ordinary materials.
Gather and prep the materials, or order the essentials from us.
Mechanical Linkages from Craft Sticks!
Kids make scissor, reverse motion, and parallel linkages from pre-drilled craft sticks and brads which we provide, building backbones for their own artful mechanisms that send messages, tell stories, or accomplish tasks. As they build their mechanisms, they create their own designs as overlays, which in turn, modify the mechanisms. Engineering informs design, and vice versa.
Crank-Driven Mechanical Automata!
Students make their own crankshaft-driven automata designs – artful mechanisms that can send a message, tell a story, or accomplish a task. For a single session, all you need to get started are paperclips, tape, cardboard, paper, pencils, and markers.
Stick-eometry: Geometry from Sticks!
Students make their own moveable polygons which can transform between 2 and 3 dimensions, exploring area and perimeter, and improving maker skills. This is the simplest of the Artful Mechanisms group, and requires only pencils or dowels, rubber bands, and masking tape.