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What will you make?
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Maker City is a makerspace designed especially for youth ages 8+. The 1,250 sq. foot studio workshop offers a place where youth makers and families can design, invent, create and collaborate using real tools – the same materials and processes used by artists, builders, programmers and entrepreneurs.




Here's what you can do: 
Woodworking and take-apart, electronics, fiber arts, computer-generated projects, MAKING with materials to create whatever you can imagine!

Want to learn more? Check out our Maker City Frequently Asked Questions!

Maker City Blog

RESERVE A FIELD TRIP - 4th + 5th GRADEs


Maker City Pop-Ups

Pop-Ups are drop in activities that are free with membership or paid admission and there is no pre-registration required. Pop-Ups will be first come/first serve and children can stop by for part of the time or stay the whole time. There will be suggested activities based on the Pop-Up theme that week.

Saturday, May 11 | 10am - 12pm: Mother’s Day makers

Drop in for this special maker pop-up activity that will include simple DIY gifts and card making ideas to celebrate Mom!

Saturday, May 18 | 10am - 12pm: Cardboard Construction

Cardboard is an amazing construction material and your imagination is the only limit.  We'll supply the cardboard and the tools, you provide the ideas!

Saturday, May 25 | 10am - 12pm: electronic extravaganza

Lego We-Do, Makey Makey, Little Bits, and other electronic components will all be available for makers to explore. You'll also have a chance to make simple paper circuits to take home.

MAKER CITY BOOT CAmps

Boot camps are a great way to get started and to build your Maker City skills. You'll learn more about our specialized work zones and  we'll share information about our Master Maker Badge Program, too. Advance registration required. Free with your membership or admission fee! 

Sign up for one or all of the following: 

Program Full; Join Wait List | 3D Printing Level I (Previously Called 3D Modeling) - Saturday, April 20th | 10 AM - 12 PM
Before you can produce a finished product you must first learn Tinkercad, a 3D modeling program that will allow your ideas to take shape and become something that could eventually be made into a physical object. You must be 8 Years of age or older to take this workshop.

Program Full; Join Wait List | 3D Printing Level II - Saturday, April 27th | 10 AM - 12 PM
Learn how the museum's 3-D printers work!  Students will trouble shoot Tinkercad designs and transfer them to the 3-D printer so the computer renderings can be transformed into a physical object. Prerequisite:  Completion of 3-D Printing Level I (previously called 3-D Modeling)


 

Maker City Title Sponsor:
Bob Wade Autoworld in loving memory of Bob Wade
 

GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY:
Massanutten Technical Center, Rocking R Ace Hardware, Ragtime Fabrics, Shickel Corporation, Harrisonburg City (HUD Community Development Block Grant), Cadence, Camp Horizons, Community Foundation of Central Blue Ridge, Shenandoah Valley Innovation Fund, Shenandoah Valley Technology Council, The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham (Arts and Culture Fund), James Madison University, Darrin McHone Foundation, Merck Foundation, Rosetta Stone, Matt Leech Designs, Eugene and Gloria Diener, American Subcontractors Association - Shenandoah Valley 

Creativity is intelligence having fun!
— Albert Einstein

Skill To Share

We need VOLUNTEERS with “making skills” and a passion to share with others. We also need “stuff.” Your donations of time and consumables will go a long way. Who knows, you might just be the catalyst for the next new invention. 


Items Needed

We will use many items in new and exciting ways. If you have any of the following items you'd like to donate, please drop them off at the front desk:

  • Woodworking and buildings materials

  • Pine wood scraps (2x4, 2x6, varied shapes and sizes)

  • Chip board

  • 1/8" plywood (cut into smaller pieces)

  • Wooden dowels

  • Washers and nuts (medium sized)

  • Nails, screws, bolts, hinges, etc.

  • Upcycling

  • Puzzle pieces

  • Corks

  • Plastic lids (clean)

  • Wheels from old toys

  • Old jewelry

  • Playing cards (used for building items)

  • Art supplies and canvas

  • All types of paper (wrapping paper, card stock, construction paper, printer paper, scrapbook)

  • Cardboard tubes (wrapping paper, toilet paper, paper towel, etc.)

  • Craft supplies (pom poms, wiggly eyes, pipe cleaners)

  • Modeling Clay

  • Hot glue sticks

  • Tape (duct, electrical, masking, painters, scotch)

  • Technology needs - iPads, laptops (recent models in good working condition)

  • Legos, K’nex, Blocks, Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs

  • Cameras, photography equipment

  • Take-apart table items (old or broken electronics, small devices, no monitors please)

  • CDs

  • Sewing supplies (needles, thread, scissors, fabric)

  • Buttons

  • Empty thread spools

  • Fabric paint

  • Ribbon, yarn, string

  • Rick-rack and other trim

  • Monetary donations are also appreciated to help with equipment and consumable purchases. Donate HERE.

Maker City is a trademark of the Maker City Project, Inc. Used with permission.