Maker Spaces

 

Our Maker Spaces are hands-on creation labs with materials and projects that are engaging for all ages. We encourage process over product, collaboration, and playful engagement with materials.

Maker Space Classes are weekly classes offered through Community Education programming. Want us at your school? Email us!

Pop-Up Family Maker Spaces are 90-minute sessions for creating and exploring together. We bring the materials and project challenges, you bring the family and your creative juices. Relaxed and supportive, our teaching artists create a space for nurturing trial-and-error, being playful with the materials, and making creative messes.

 D starts out saying, “I don’t know how to do that!” and looks lost. Teacher suggests that there’s no right answer. He looks around and gets to work. At the end of class D says, “Look what I made! A swing!” He proudly walks around showing classmates. #confidence #problem-solving #innovation

D starts out saying, “I don’t know how to do that!” and looks lost. Teacher suggests that there’s no right answer. He looks around and gets to work. At the end of class D says, “Look what I made! A swing!” He proudly walks around showing classmates. #confidence #problem-solving #innovation

 Two second graders deciding to connect their city streets by making tabs that fit together. #collaboration #problem-solving

Two second graders deciding to connect their city streets by making tabs that fit together. #collaboration #problem-solving

FAQ’s

What is a maker space?

Inherently participant-directed and collaborative, the maker movement is about innovation, exploration and expression through hands-on experiences.

Why a maker space?

MIT Sloan Magazine describes makers as “a growing community of builders and creators — engineers, scientists, artists, and hobbyists of all ages, interests, and skill levels who engage in experimentation, collaboration, and innovation based on open-source principles” (Summer Magazine 2018). The maker movement supports growth of essential skills for lifelong learning and participating in the creative economy by:

  • Embracing the creator identity

  • Fostering interaction among creators.

  • Insisting on fluidity

  • Understanding the effectiveness of novel play

The makerspace is also an avenue for personal and interpersonal growth and development by offering opportunities to navigate complexity, take creative risks, be innovative and iterative, share resources, and to collaborate on ideas and projects.

Why us?

Our pop-up maker spaces provide opportunities for all ages, self-directed creative exploration at various locations throughout the Twin Cities. We use new or recycled materials that are accessible and easy to find, so your experience in our makerspace can spark a maker mindset in the rest of your life, without need for special materials. Our teaching artists are trained to encourage the maker mindset; maintain a safe, supportive environment for all ages; and teach skills and concepts from improvisational theater and visual arts.

Upcoming Maker Spaces