Want to make a cardboard grabbing claw that reaches the ceiling? Check out Chicago Children’s Museum “Cardboard Mechanisms” at the Faire!
The Chicago Children’s Museum strives to “improve children’s lives to create a community where play and learning connect.” For over the past two years, the Tinkering Lab at the museum led by a team of educators, tinkerers, and artists provides families with a space to work in with real tools like power tools, variety of materials (wood, metal and fabrics), and much more. There’s even space for toddlers to have their own tinkering experience. Kim Koin, Director of Art and Tinkering Lab Studios, explains, “We want to nurture creative scientific minds, think in new ways, have children ask their own questions and test and retest their ideas.” One popular project by kids is making a car that rolls; the Lab is developing ways to cultivate that interest.
The museum believes that kids should be encouraged to build things. Kim Koin says, “For us, tinkering is a verb. We think that when we tinker, we are developing mindsets and habits of being an innovator and problem solver. There needs to be more creative problem solvers in the world.”
For the Mini Maker Faire, they will run “Cardboard Mechanisms.” With just cardboard slats, joints, and imagination, kids and adults will be able to make a series of levers that can be made into a variety of things including a giant claw or even a monster. The Museum will also have super large pieces of cardboard and they are excited to see what giant mechanisms people create together. They want people to learn by doing in this project and realize that failure is ok. If it’s not working, try again in a different way.
We can’t wait to have them at the Faire!
Calling all Chicagoland lovers of making, hacking, and tinkering!
Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire comes around but once a year, but making isn’t just a one-day thing. Here are some activities for makers of all ages going on in Chicago RIGHT NOW:
- Did you know The 3D Printer Experience downtown at 316 North Clark Street is Chicago’s first physical store dedicated to all things 3D printed? If you’d like to learn more, take one of their many workshops and classes!
- GE Garages is in Chicago for one month only! Take advantage of walk-in sessions with experts in their fully equipped fab lab, including Arduino kits, CNC mills, laser cutters, and more!
- Planning a trip to the Museum of Science and Industry? Check out the Wanger Family Fab Lab, where you can take introductory courses in laser cutting and 3D printing, included in the price of admission!
- TOMORROW, 9/28, visit The Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier for one day of Wonder Kids. If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out their Tinkering Lab, this is a great chance to get in a FREE day of tinkering!
- Save the Date for the 2nd annual Tinkering Summit at The Chicago Children’s Museum on Tuesday, November 19th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
- Ladies, get ready for Girls Do Hack at the Adler Planetarium. Sign up to participate in a day celebrating women in STEM fields on Saturday, November 9. And come learn to lockpick from the founder of Mini Maker Faire Chicago Northside , Christina Pei!
Keep up with cool happenings in your city, and keep your imaginations active for Mini Maker Faire Chicago Northside 2014!
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