Maker State, a maker meetup program for kids, was created by Stephen Gilman to give children applicable skills they won’t learn in school. “It’s completely inspiring and immersive for kids and they’ll never forget that they did that,” said Gilman.
While based in New York, Maker State has team members and events in New Orleans as well. This Saturday, December 21st, Maker State invites makers of all ages to design, craft and build LED robot ornaments. The event will take place at the Keller Library from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
“This holiday season we’re excited to invite the community to a free robot ornament making workshop. Makers will design and craft LED cardboard robots,” said Jenna deBoisblanc, Chief Maker at Maker State.
The Robot Ornament Workshop, designed to teach kids about circuits and cardboard crafting, is free and open to the public.
“We’re hoping to use our holiday event to share our plans for the spring semester. MakerState is ramping up its course offerings, programming, and birthday parties (“Make My Day”). We can’t wait to bring maker learning to the New Orleans community!”
MakerState encourages hands-on, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) learning in New Orleans. Participating students acquire 21st century skills as they step through badge-based labs in one of six masteries: engineer, programmer, artist, designer, wordsmith, and social entrepreneur.