Try your hand at making a custom copper pendant with The Collaboratory. The Collaboratory is a creative and inspiring working art studio workshop and boutique in Mesa Arizona, offering hands on "Serious Fun" classes, workshops and events. Mediums include, industrial arts (metal, welding and plasma), glass fusing and mosaics, fashion, sewing & design and upcycling.
In this workshop participants will be able to create and embellish a simple travel journal using found materials (envelopes, scrap paper, etc.) and tell their stories- be they travel logs or the happenings of daily life- in a creative, sustainable and personal way. Instruction, creative prompts and art supplies will be provided.
Heroes and heroines captivate us. Whether in television, movies, comics, books or real life, we are fascinated by their actions, motivations, and stories. They inspire and give us hope!
Caped Crusaders & Everyday Heroes takes you on a hero’s journey through works by more than 15 national and international artists. You’ll discover famous comic book, TV/movie, cultural and mythological heroes and heroines from around the world, as well as learn about men and women who became community heroes because of their work or actions.
As you experience the world of heroes and uncover facts about how they came to be, you’ll find inspiration to invent your own legendary champion. Several hands-on activities help nurture creative thinking and provide plenty of fun.
Hands-on activities in the exhibition are created with science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) concepts in mind.
- Experiencing a superpower (via green screen)
- Learning about cultural and mythological heroes
- Designing superhero costumes
- Creating superhero masks
- Developing your own legendary hero comic strip
The entire museum is open free the entire day of Southwest Maker Fest!
150 W. PEPPER PLACE | MESA, AZ 85201 | 480-644-IDEA
Enjoy Virtual Reality experiences using HTC Vive, Oculus, and other VR apparatus. Also see game-based learning applications that have been developed by our ITSA Innovators.
Immersive Teaching STEAM Academy (ITSA)
Knox Gifted Academy, a K-6 public elementary school for gifted students in Chandler Unified School District, will engage passersby with student-led make-and-takes, demonstrations, tinkering challenges, and more. Throughout the day, the booth will be hosted by Knox Gifted Academy student clubs including Club DIY, Junior Robotics, Newspaper Club, Sustainability Club, Yoga Club, Gardening Club, Steampunk Club and VEX Robotics.
The Mesa THINKspot is the makerspace of the Red Mountain Branch of the Mesa Public Library (coming soon to the Main Library)! THINKspot will have a make-and-take paper circuit activity for visitors to participate in.
A community of homeschoolers exhibiting projects from our 'Creating Innovators', 'Geared for Girls', and 'Launch Forth' classes.
Branches Homeschool Community
Branches Homeschool Community
Nerding Classes in Tempe, AZ are all about STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Making. Kids can explore amazing tools like Makey Makeys and 3D printers, build robots, code games, create rocket launchers, or learn to sew! Stop by our booth to play the Banana Piano, Gummy Bear Game Controllers, and other equally hilarious inventions!
Education Empowers is a community of volunteers promoting education for children. Focusing on STEM/STEAM, robotics and sustainability education, Education Empowers trains local community children in these fields to instill passion for innovation and learning. Stop by to see robots display, EV3 programming, solar lanterns and other fun interactive activities for children.
Amateur Radio, kit building, computers and hi-tech for youth. Send and receive Morse code. Operate a digital Amateur Radio station to talk with a friend on another digital Amateur Radio station nearby. Track objects on a map that are reporting their position via amateur radio.
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CREATE at Arizona Science Center® is a place where science, design, and engineering collide! Inspired by the productivity of an inventor’s workshop, the creativity of an art studio, the experimentation of a lab, and the connectivity of a commons, CREATE is a 6,500 square-foot community hub for turning dreams into reality.
At CREATE, people of all ages can share ideas, collaborate on projects and learn about science, technology, engineering, math and art through making. By using state-of-the-art, computer-controlled equipment and traditional crafting tools, visitors will have the chance to cut, saw, code, hammer, sew, paint, solder, and much more!
At SWMF, we will proudly show off the things made in our space by some of our talented passholders and staff as well as demonstrate 3D resin printing. In addition, we will offer a make-and-take rocket-launch activity.