NEW MEGA MAKING EXHIBIT IS BUILT ON CONSTRUCTIVE FUN!
-Stepping Stones Gives Kids Tools to Create Something Great at New Exhibit Opening Sept. 23rd -
Can we fix it? Yes we can! Every child can be a builder, an engineer, a baker, or a dressmaker at Stepping Stones Museum for Children’s Mega Making exhibit opening on Saturday, September 23rd. The popular exhibit returns after a yearlong hiatus! Using real materials and real tools, young makers can explore a variety of supplies, techniques and projects. To celebrate the grand opening of Mega Making, museum founder and author Gigi Priebe will introduce her second children’s book - The Adventures of Henry Whiskers: The Long Way Home.
“Just like Henry Whiskers, a young mouse who has been resourceful in order to survive and find his way home, children will be compelled to tap their resourcefulness, innovative nature and think independently while they transform ideas into reality,” says Ms. Priebe.
Priebe will read parts of her heart-pounding adventure story at a special Members Only reception from 9:30-11:00 am. Members can enjoy refreshments plus making activities related to the book.
Mega Making was designed by Stepping Stones to celebrate creativity in all children. Kids will be the future engineers, designers, inventors, artists, teachers, scientists and the ones shaping the world. The Mega Making experience is organized into a four main areas:
- Book Nook/Future Ideas
Helpful staff members will be there to lend a hand, whether it’s working a needle and thread for the first time, practicing using wrenches and screwdrivers, tinkering with batteries and buzzers or picking out the perfect artist medium. There’s something for all ages.
“We want to lay the foundation for lifelong curiosity and innovation,” said Kim Kuta Dring, Director of Learning and Experience. “Making is a learning process. When children and families create something using real materials and tools, they gain a huge sense of accomplishment and confidence. They also learn that mistakes are part of the creative process.”
Making at its core is the act of creating something. The current "Maker Movement" in the USA is working to inspire students to become creators of learning rather than passive consumers of learning. Mega Making takes a constructivist approach to learning by giving adults, children and students the freedom, materials, tools, and support to build 21st century skills including Flexibility and Adaptability, Initiative and Self-Direction, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving.
The Mega Making exhibit is made possible through the generosity of Primary Sponsor Rings End and Supporting Sponsor First County Bank.
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Stepping Stones Museum for Children is an award-winning, private, non-profit 501 (c)(3) children’s museum committed to broadening and enriching the lives of children and families. For more information about Stepping Stones, to book a field trip or schedule a class, workshop or facility rental call 203-899-0606 or visit www.steppingstonesmuseum.org.
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