What does it mean to be a “maker?”

At Maker Faires across the world, and here in Boston, “making” can mean anything from designing circuits and using 3-D printers to more traditional building and arts and crafts activities. Maker Faires celebrate innovation and creativity – two things that can be found at Boston Children’s Museum every day!

As the site of the Annual Boston Mini Maker Faire, the Boston Children’s Museum encourages children and families to explore different ways to play, learn, make, and collaborate with other visitors. Throughout all of our exhibits, and in special programs and activities, we inspire our visitors with everyday objects and materials.

Our KEVA exhibit holds 10,000 KEVA blocks – the perfect open-ended challenge for budding engineers! Visitors design structures that use all kinds of different shapes, like circles, squares, triangles, and rectangles. Our visitors make buildings, bridges, boats, trains – even entire cities!  And of course, towers are always popular.

Studio A is another exhibit that showcases our visitors’ creativity with monthly projects designed around different artists, cultures, or themes. This month, we celebrated papel picado, a traditional Mexican folk art that involves paper cutting, often for festivals or celebrations. Using tissue paper, scissors, and hole punchers, visitors make elaborate designs they can take home or display in our exhibit to share with others.

Sometimes at BCM we even do projects with our visitors where they can collaborate to make one thing, like mixed media sculptures that involve recycled or everyday objects. We often keep these big projects to display our visitors’ artwork in the Museum – see if you can spot them on your next visit!

 

-submitted by Leah Swinson, STEAM Specialist at BCM