On Tuesday nights, we head to the Phoenix Public Library to hang out at their Hacker’s Haven maker space. It is so awesome to see that Phoenix is funding these spaces for kids to get together and get creative!
Hacker’s Haven is a place for kids, teenagers, and parents to gather and work with electronics. There are people there who can explain how to make circuits, how to use the electronics, and how they work. This is a space for kids to get together, play and invent on their own and with each other, in an environment that encourages hands-on learning and development.
When we walked in, we found large tables set up featuring Legos, Arduinos, Makey Makey kits, Squishy Circuits and Snap Circuits. I had thought these were going to be separately featured in upcoming sessions. As it turns out, you and your kids will get to play with these things every week!
My daughter really loved playing with the snap circuits and the arduinos. It is really cool that there is a place for kids to get a chance to work with real robots, and real circuitry! Snap circuits are a great introduction for connecting circuits, making connections, and making things work. It wasn’t long before the kids were launching these fans high up to the ceiling, and were squealing in delight!
A word on expectations: If you’re looking for structured classes on how electronics work, this is not going to fit that expectation. If you’re looking for a place to create, play with electronics, and get to know how things work by hanging out and conversing with those who do know, this will be a great fit for you!
I am really excited for the opportunity to learn more about electronics! We’ll be coming here every week (schedule permitting), playing, making, and hoping that as we get to talk to parents, kids, and Maker Space volunteers, we’ll be able to become more knowledgeable in these topics. The great thing about Maker Spaces is that there is always someone around who is excited to share their knowledge and help people pursue their passions.
I have a feeling that we’ll be making a lot of friends along the way. I know Kat has already begun! I am very excited about this opportunity for kids in Phoenix to get in there, get creative, and MAKE!
Who: Kids (and parents)! Ages 7-18
What: Hackers Haven – a FREE maker space for kids!
When: Tuesday afternoons from 6pm – 7:30 pm
Where: Burton Barr Central Library (McDowell and Central)
Why: Because making things, learning about electronics, and working toward building robots are AWESOME things to do!
Electronics, engineering, and robotics. Hackers Haven is AWESOME!