Did you know that kids who participate in arts and crafts are more likely to become successful entrepreneurs and inventors and world problem solvers?
Researchers estimate that lifetime creative accomplishment is three times more reliant on childhood creativity than on childhood IQ.
Play is the highest form of research. ~ Albert Einstein
Unfortunately, we currently have a childhood creativity crisis in the United States. Research shows that over the past 25 years, childhood creativity has been on the decline. Do we blame video games, standardized school curriculums, funding cuts for the arts, television, over-scheduling kids’ free hours, nationalized testing, smart phones/electronic devices, or all of the above?
Bottom line, kids need time to JUST PLAY.
When kids play, they pretend, imagine, invent, create, problem-solve, and build with whatever is on hand and without adult interference (unless it’s needed). They run, jump, skip, skip, roll down hills, and lay in the grass and look up at the clouds and daydream. They play neighborhood games and run races and compete with one another just for the fun of it. All of these kinds of activities help children build and strengthen their creative skills. Play is the WORK of children.
That’s where the Maker Movement comes in. MakerSpaces* provide valuable play opportunities in a safe, fun place for kids to imagine, invent, create, tinker, craft, build, and just make things!
*also referred to as hackerspaces, fablabs, tinker labs, thinker labs, and collaborative spaces
Our S.T.E.A.M. MakerSpace is a fun, accessible, well-equipped MAKER studio where kids can enhance their creative skills in ways that allow them determine their own outcomes. Examples might include:
The Space is equipped with new, donated, and recycled materials as well as a full array of arts and crafts supplies. We also have building sets such as Legos, Duplos, Lincoln Logs, and Tinker Toys, and a large collection of puzzles and interesting board games, some of which we invented ourselves!
Below is a dog painted on wood, a model of the Newton's Cradle, a "bottle-bot," a model of a blazing campfire,
and a little maker constructing his own building set.
What is S.T.E.A.M.? Think of S.T.E.M. (if you are familiar with it) plus ART.
STEAM is becoming more widely accepted for MakerSpaces as the integration of ART is now
acknowledged to be vital to creativity, innovation, and out-of-the-box thinking.
STEAM = Science + Technology + Engineering + ART + Math
The BAC STEAM MakerSpace is open during most business hours; please check for availability.
Drop-in fee is $5 per hour for full access to available materials and supplies (for kids 12 and under).
Crafts, projects, and other items made from consumable or recycled materials may be taken home.
MakerSpace Camps are available throughout the year.
Please check this website for dates, times, themes, and enrollment fees.