Jay is booking in-person events again…the Traveling Maker Space is back on the road! You supply the kids – we bring everything else!

In these hands-on, STEM focused workshops, participants design, build, test, and play with Rube Goldberg Machines, paper constructions, plus domino towers, exploding popsicle-stick snakes, and other awesome engineering explorations. Groups can be big or small, are tailored for all ages, abilities, and locations, and make great events for schools, libraries, and your organization!

“Hi Jay, First let me thank you for an absolutely fabulous workshop at the Monson Free Library. Our families had such a great time and it was wonderful to see kids completely engrossed in building and experimenting and playing. Your balance of sharing information and then just getting out of their way was brilliant. Parents and kids both expressed how much they loved the program – thank you for a great afternoon.” Sandy Courtney, Youth Services, Monson Free Library, MA

Some of Jay’s traveling Maker Space materials
From an eighth grade workshop

Mechanical Linkages from Craft Sticks!

Mechanical linkages are everywhere – in machines of course, but also in art, architecture, and nature – even in our own bodies. Becoming more familiar with them strengthens our foundational understanding of mechanical processes specifically, and engineering and design in general. 

Students make scissor, reverse motion, and parallel linkages from ordinary materials, building the structures for their own artful mechanisms that send messages, tell stories, or accomplish tasks. As they build their structures according to instructions and templates, they are also beginning to conceive and create their own designs to overlay those structures. That process in turn may lead to modifications of the structures. 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, craft sticks, tape, cardboard, and markers.

Extraordinary maker activities from paperclips, cardboard, dowels, paper cups, and other ordinary stuff.