This is re-posted from the Webmaker blog.
Science genius rap battles and digital mosquito repellent:
get ready for Maker Party at the New York Hall of Science
Maker Party 2013 kicked off this weekend!
Participants are getting together at a diverse range of hack jams, meet-ups and code parties around the world. Here’s a sneak peek at an event happening June 22 at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI).
“It’s an awesome feeling knowing that Maker Parties like this are happening on a global scale,” says NYSCI’s Manager of Digital Programming, Anthony Negron. “The atmosphere of these events are so inspiring for everyone, and teens are really responsive to this type of format.”
What will people make and learn together?
The NYSCI pop-up party will bring together teens aged 13 to 18 for music, games, food, prizes and “Creativity Stations,” several of which are led by other members of the Hive NYC Learning Network. The menu of what’s on offer is a great example of the diversity and creativity we’ll see on display throughout Maker Party over the next three months:
- Digital photography and film-making – working with NYSCI’s Explainer TV, plus ReelWorks Teen Filmmaking
- Build-an-Eye! –Work with Parsons The New School of Design Graduate Program in Design + Technology to make an electronic model of parts of the human eye.
- Laser-cutting and soldering – design and print your own custom-made laser cut projects. Or use a circuit board to create a digital mosquito repellent. (Yep, that’s a thing!)
- Beat-making and music – craft digital beats with World Up! There’s even a “Science Genius Rap Battle.“
- Game hacking — turn everyday objects like bananas, spoons or whatever’s lying around into video game controllers with Scratch and Makey Makey.
- And of course… webmaking! – using Mozilla Webmaker to create your own webpage, pick up some coding skills, remix YouTube videos or create your own viral meme.
“I think the Maker Party campaign really sets the groundwork for launching maker-related programming, especially to give teens get the opportunity to be exposed to so many exciting activities and opportunities to develop their interests.”
– NYSCI’s Anthony Negron
Learn more and get involved
Feeling inspired? Here’s some easy ways to get involved:
- Add your own Maker Party event. Got your own event planned for Maker Party? Add it to our new event platform so we can help promote it!
- Invite others to join the party. Kicking off this coming Saturday, June 15 and running til Sep 15.
- Learn more or sign up for the NYSCI event, happening June 22nd from 1-4pm.