The Rye Arts Center is pulling out all the stops for its annual free Maker Day on Saturday, April 1 from noon to 4 p.m. Workshops, demonstrations, and hands-on activities will introduce children of all ages to the cutting-edge tools of creativity.
STEAM education integrates the arts into the core curriculum subjects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, STEM. The Rye Arts Center offers more than 100 STEAM classes each year, and in 2016 earned ArtsWestchester’s Education Award for its innovative STEAM programming.
Maker Day is your opportunity to explore the many STEAM activities available. Activities include: 3-D Animation; 3-D Printing/Modeling; Arduino; Computer Coding; Creative Building; Design Engineering; Interactive Gaming & Design; LEGO Engineering; littleBits; “Making” with Duct Tape; Minecraft; Paper Engineering; Raspberry Pi; Recycled Arts; Robotics; Sewables; Take Apart Zone; Video Game Creation ; and Woodworking.
Maker Day will be preceded by a Minecraft tournament at 11 a.m., where young competitors will show off their creative building skills.
Maker Day participants will also have the opportunity to be among the first to experience The Rye Arts Center’s new public art installation, “The Portal.”
“Portals are gold spaces equipped with immersive audiovisual technology. When you enter a Portal, you come face-to-face with someone in a distant Portal live and full-body, as if in the same room,” according to sharedstudios.com.
Maker Day promises to be an experience full of discovery and fun for all ages.
Established in 1960, The Rye Arts Center is the largest multi-arts center in the region. It is a community-based nonprofit dedicated to inspiring interest and maximum participation in the arts in and around Westchester. It offers classes and lessons, performances, exhibitions, and a range of outreach programs. It is located at 51 Milton Road in Rye. For more information, visit ryeartscenter.org or call 967-0700. (Submitted)