Mini Maker Week:
April Vacation Week 2015
April 20 - April 24

Join us for a family-friendly celebration of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. Meet Makers who will be sharing their knowledge and talents through demonstrations and hands-on activities. We’ll meet different Makers each day and explore a variety of projects from robots to textiles, circuits to jewelry making. We'll learn how science, technology and art work together to make some amazing creations.  It will be a week of sharing ideas, learning new skills and, of course, hands-on fun.All activities are free with admission.
*the lunch room is closed during vacation week.  Picnic tables are available in the Wild Place.

Different activities will take place throughout the week featuring a variety of special guest Makers.
Monday, April 20
Noon-3pm: Weave-a-Piano with textile artist Rhonda Fazio (see/read bio below). Learn about weaving with Rhonda as visitors create a woven piece of art that we’ll turn into a musical instrument.

Tuesday, April 21

10am-Noon: Make Music with musician and singer Chelsea Santos (see/read bio below). Jam with Chelsea on a variety of musical instruments including ones you’ll make yourself. Then, you’ll learn how technology helps her create music.
1-3pm: Stained Glass with artist Linda Paolucci (see/read bio below)

Wednesday, April 22
10am-Noon: Drawing with LightLights, Camera, Art!  Picasso has done it and now you can too. We'll be using lights and a camera to make some fabulous art.  
1-3pm: Making Jewelry with Moria Flynn (see/read bio below) of M.Flynn Accessories. Try you hand at some jewelry making techniques as you make a bracelet using wire and beads, try your hand at metalwork and stamping and make rope into jewelry. You can also learn how M.Flynn uses technology to create customized jewelry.
Thursday, April 23
12pm-4pm: Create Squishy Circuits and explore electronics using play dough and LED lights.

RAFFLE: Win a Paddington DVD before it is released! There will be two winners each day: Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Winners will be notified by email or by phone.  We also have mini puzzles and activity sheets, free while supplies last.

Friday, April 24
10am-4pm: Scribblebots.  Design and assemble a simple drawing robot.  Then, train your robot to create a work of art you can take home.

12:30-2:30pm: Explore the world of Robots with Steve Norris (see/read his bio below) and the robots from Norris Labs. Meet some of the robots Steve has created such as Huey-the Color Chasing Robot, and ButlerBot and RoboStool who appeared in the latest Transformers movie.

RAFFLE: Win a Paddington DVD before it is released! There will be two winners each day: Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Winners will be notified by email or by phone. 

 Mini Maker Biographies 
Rhonda Fazio (Weave-a-Piano on Monday from Noon-3pm)
Rhonda Fazio is a graduate of Art History and Textile Design from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Prior to UMD, she studied Fiber and Clay at Haywood Community College. Rhonda has been working as an artist for over 18 years assimilating the textile design methods of ancient and indigenous cultures with the agrarian culture of Western Civilization. She has been a resident artist for summer camps and schools from Maine to New York where she taught textile design and the art of natural dyeing. Currently, Rhonda teaches textile design workshops at her studio in the Center in Fall River, Massachusetts.
Linda Paolucci – (Stained Glass on Tuesday from 1pm-3pm)
Linda Paolucci graduated from Queens College with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. She also attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. For 28 years, Linda worked as an Operations Analyst/Program Coordinator for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services. She retired in April of 2011 and currently resides in South Easton, Massachusetts as a Stained Glass Artist. Her main pursuits are stained glass, mosaics and underwater photography. She calls her creations Clearly Made by Linda.
Moria Flynn Reardon - (Making Jewelry on Wednesday from 1pm-3pm)
After attending Bowdoin College, Moria Flynn travelled extensively before settling in Argentina where she worked as a banker. She later graduated from MIT’s Sloan School of Management with a degree in Business Management. Moria owns M. Flynn Accessories in Boston’s South End with her sister Megan. The business was founded over 10 years ago and sells its own fine jewelry line, including engagement and wedding rings. M. Flynn Accessories is a Winner of Boston’s Magazine’s Best of Boston 2011 & 2013 along with the Boston Globe’s Best of the New and Improper Bostonians Boston Best. Moria currently lives in Milton, MA with her husband and three children. She enjoys teaching her own kids how to make jewelry.
Steve Norris – (Explore the World of Robots on Friday from 12:30pm-2:30pm)
Steven Norris has been a full-time software architect and engineer working primarily on web-based business process applications for over 33 years. Steve is a multi-disciplined innovator, designer, engineer and an expert with electronics. From March 2013-June 2013, Steve worked as a Robotics Engineer and Consultant for Paramount Pictures. Presently, Steve is a Principal Technical Consultant for Arcadia Solutions and also a Contributing Editor for Robot Magazine. In his free time, Steve likes to build robots and post his projects to his personal website, Steve’s goal is to innovate and develop useful products, especially in the robotics area, as well as to teach and to write.
Chelsea Santos - (Making Music on Tuesday from 10am-Noon)
Chelsea Santos graduated from Stonehill College with a B.A. in Fine Arts. While she was an undergraduate, she also taught art classes at the Museum. Prior to Stonehill, Chelsea received her graduate degree in Special Education at Bridgewater State University. Currently, Chelsea is a student teacher and paraprofessional in a social and emotional therapeutic classroom at John T. Nicholas Middle School in Middleboro, MA. In her spare time, she performs locally as a vocalist in an acoustic duo called Scott and Chelsea. Chelsea has taken classes in art, counseling, psychology, music and special education in hopes of finding new ways to use the arts in both a therapeutic and educational way when working with children.