Newark Museum Workshop & Makerspace

Special workshops for teens ages 13 to 18. Work one-on-one with professional artists, experiment with new techniques, discover new connections between art and science.

The Newark Museum converted a classroom on the second floor into a makerspace that includes several electronics workspaces, a 3D printer and other equipment.  The Makerspace is the newest element of a museum-wide effort to blend science and art. The new initiative builds on its long history of focusing on both subjects, but instead of presenting the art in one gallery and the science in another, museum officials are now trying to fully integrate the two through a variety of programs, including workshops, gallery tours and educational programs. Complementing Makerspace is the DIG lab, a new weekend program that challenges children visitors to go low-tech in their creativity. With museum staff on hand to help, drop-in guests are given a challenge and 35 bins of stuff to build it. The materials are all familiar, from aluminum foil and yarn to hinges and bubble wrap, but the challenge is to use them in new and innovative ways. The DIG lab rules include "wild ideas are required" and "failure is a step in the process."

Newark Museum is located at 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102.  Find out more here.  Read the Star Ledger article here.

What are Makerspaces?

Makerspaces (also known as Hackerspaces, Creative Spaces, Fab Labs, Makelabs and in California - Makerhoods), according to Wikipedia,  are open community labs where members with common interests (e.g., engineering, computer programming, inventing, graphic design, etc.) gather to share resources, knowledge, career networking and build new devices.  Generally, makerspaces are designed to meet the following needs:

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