Maker Spotlight

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We're all Makers. Make-ing the World a better place. Every week, we will feature Makers from all walks of life showcasing their passion.

Makers are individuals/groups who love sharing what they are make-ing to bring joy to others. Makers can also be small businesses that are make-ing their living off their passion.

Our youngest Makers are our children!

Upcoming Virtual Maker Spotlights

These webinars are organized by the Long Island Explorium, and provided free of charge.

Andrew Iacona
Maker/ Inventor

Saturday, July 11, 2020, 2:00-3:00pm

Topic: P1 Racing League Debut Race - Live Streamed!

Come watch as 3D printing meets the thrills of high speed racing. Print One Racing League, founded by A.I. Labs, is a league devoted to racing 100% 3D remote control cars. Their first virtual race will bring veterans and novices together to fight for the Golden Race Car in this inaugural event.


**Event will be live streamed. Register to stay up to date and receive notice of any changes. Link/ Instructions to access will be sent in the receipt email with registration**

Previous Maker Spotlights

Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments,
Stony Brook University

Saturday, June 13th, 2:00-2:45pm

Topic: Living the Island Life

Become an island investigator with us! Participants will explore the natural worlds of two special islands, Madagascar and our Long Island, as we discover what brings their plant communities to life. What do bees and lemurs have in common? What are pollinators and what is their role in our food system? These are some of the questions we will explore in this workshop

Material Needed:

  • 1-3 flowers
  • 2 sheets of paper
  • scissors

Elijah Horland
Mythbusters Jr. Co-Host/ Maker/ Inventor

Saturday, May 30th, 2:00-2:45pm

Mythbusters Jr. Co-Host Elijah Horland is a "maker", and was a part of the Maker Faire community for some time before being chosen for his TV show. After starting on the high-altitude-balloon project in this presentation in 2015, Elijah first joined the Make family as a "Street Team" volunteer at World Maker Faire New York City in 2016. It took over four years to develop all of the skills that he needed to finish his balloon project, making dozens of friends and contacts along the way. While studying and learning along the way, Elijah was chosen for the MythBusters Jr. show but never lost sight of the first project that brought him to Maker Faire. Elijah is still building, making and producing his own content for social media and the web. He hopes to produce a Maker Faire in Coney Island one day.

Atlantic Marine Conservation Society

Saturday, May 23th, 2:00pm - 2:45pm EST

Have you ever wondered what seals look like from an airplane?

Join Atlantic Marine Conservation Society on a virtual tour of an aerial seal survey. AMSEAS conducts aerial seal surveys all around Long Island and even in Connecticut. Come learn how we conduct these surveys, what equipment we use, and how difficult it can be to count seals all while seeing some great views of our backyard!

Jim Nason & RoboJango, LB Robotics
Professional STEAM Instructor,  Entrepreneur

Saturday, May 16th, 2020 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Come meet RoboJango, one of the most Advanced DYI (Do it Yourself) Androids on the planet Earth, and learn what makes him a truly remarkable mod of an In-Moov Android. RoboJango and SurferJim will discuss a short the history of Robotics, and how those earlier pioneers and their inventions laid the building blocks of current Robotics.

What makes a Robot and robot, and an Android a droid? Learn about how RoboJango interacts with the world around him and be enlightened as RoboJango conversates about batteries, servos, and sensors; and introduces some of this robotic companions and tools. Questions and dialog from the audience will be a large part of the session, where you will be able to interact with RoboJango and have him respond and carry out your commands.

PlayLab: yoga + mindfulness for kids.
Maker/ Inventor

Saturday, May 9th, 2020 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Have you ever been stuck during your creative process? Like writer's block, but for makers? Well, there IS a cure! Check out PlayLab during the Long Island Explorium Maker Spotlight this weekend!

PlayLab is a play-based yoga and mindfulness format for kids and families. Erika Andrea, Director and Lead Teacher, has developed a great workshop for staying focused called "BrainBreak". During this event, you'll learn each of our tips and tricks for staying focused on your work, getting inspired to create, and using abstract thinking to find alternative routes.

Mercurios Jewelry
Maker/ Jewelry Designer

Saturday, May 2nd, 2020 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Walk through the creation of a raw gemstone pendant with Artisan Metalsmith Mary-Jo Peritore of MerCurios Jewelry. Do you have a unique stone or a drool-worthy piece of sea glass but aren't sure what to do with it? Using some basic tools and a little know-how, you can create your own piece right at the kitchen table. This Friend of Maker Faire Long Island will demonstrate the stages of one of her favorite original pieces via a live broadcast from her home. MJ will field questions from workshop attendees while sharing her inspiration and personal journey in the art of metal smithing.

Ray Rumore
Maker/ Inventor

Saturday, April 25th, 2020 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Maker and middle school student Ray Rumore creator and inventor of the robot Volt, is one of the many familiar faces here in the maker community and friend to the Long Island Explorium & Maker Faire Long Island. He is here to teach you how to make and craft various things.  In this case, Ray is going to teach you how to make junkbots which, as the name suggests, can be made out of most things stored around your house.

TheLaserGirls Cosplay
Cosplay/ Makers

Saturday, April 18th, 2020, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Since 2013, TheLaserGirls missions has been to to challenge, experiment, and educate around 3D technology and process. The duo set out to meld digital art and design into their fantastical artwork.

1 Hour Build! 3D Printing and Cosplay
TheLaserGirls race against time as they 3D model a cosplay prop LIVE! Vote on your favorite prop, and the the winning object will be created in 1 hour! As they build, Sarah and Dhemerae will talk all things 3D printing in the cosplay community, and take questions on how to go about building your first 3D model.

Michael Albert
American Pop Artist / Author

Saturday, April 11th, 2:00pm - 2:45pm

American Pop Artist & Friend of the Long Island Explorium will lead a virtual STEAM workshop on Saturday April 11th at 2pm. Mr. Albert will broadcast from his home studio and demonstrate the creation of one of his “Cerealism” artworks which are collages made from cereal boxes.

Amarilis Singh

Saturday, March 28th, 10:00am - 11:00am

Amarilis Singh, owner of the art Studio Artelier, as well as, an art educator at Harbor Day Country School and the Long Island Explorium on Zoom for free via the Long Island Explorium.

Topic: Maker Spotlight with Artist Amarilis Singh - Making masks for COVID-19 healthcare providers

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Moira Chas

Saturday, March 7th, 1:30-3:30pm

Math is always fun with Stony Brook University Mathematician Moira Chas. Visit and see what is in store.

Anurag Snappy XO

Saturday, February 22nd 2020

Meet the creators of SnappyXO!

SnappyXO is a design-driven robotics education platform. It provides an authentic engineering experience in designing mechanisms, structures, and robots.

Gallery North

Saturday, January 25th, 2020

The Studio @ Gallery North will be sharing silk screening with guests. A printmaking technique, silk screening is an exciting way to create an image that can be reproduced many times on many different materials. It begins with a permanent image on silk which is then covered with ink that is squished through the silk, leaving behind your image. You can print on paper, fabric, plastic, glass & more!

Andrew Iancona

Saturday, May 18th, 2019

Join us for our Maker Spotlight with Andrew Iacona. With Andrew, you can design the body of the  Fold n Fight Bot, think about the aerodynamics, and figure out battle strategies. Reserve your spot now.

Douglas Baldwin
Musician and Artist Maker

Saturday, May 4th, 2019

Maker Spotlight features musician and artist Douglas Baldwin. View and create your own fractal art -infinite images with astounding colors and patterns.

Graduate Education Outreach (GEO) STEM Club

Saturday, April 27th, 2019

The Stony Brook University GEO STEM Club returns to help us design, construct, and test our own catapults using some cool, but common materials. We'll consider the art of design and the physics of launching in this hands-on engineering challenge. Reserve for your spot now.