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Maker Spotlight

What is the Maker Spotlight?

The Maker Spotlights are made of these enthusiastic makers, chosen for their family-friendly concepts, will mentor families as they delve into their own designs inspired by the work of the makers.

We offer diverse role models of imaginative, empowered people who realize their potential by finding their creative center.

The Maker Spotlights are made possible by generous grant from the Vogler Foundation.

Upcoming Maker Spotlights

Stay Tuned for upcoming Maker Spotlights this Fall.

Previous Maker Spotlights

Graduate Education Outreach (GEO) STEM Club

Saturday, May 25th, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 pm

The Stony Brook University Graduate Education Outreach ( GEO) Club. Be an engineer. Reserve for your spot now. The Stony Brook University Graduate Education Outreach ( GEO) Club returns to help you construct and race your very own boat made from recycled materials.

Gerard Senese with Ryu Shu Taiko Drums

Saturday, June 1st, 4:00 pm

Join in a spectacular experience, an interactive workshop where children can learn about Taiko drums, while learning about the concept of the music, beat, and movement.  Taiko is an ancient Japanese form of percussion using large drums.  These drums are usually hand-made, and take many hours to make.  Taiko drumming is not just playing the drum as an instrument, but a musical art form, where the performer develops a personal connection with the drum.

Andrew Iancona

Saturday, May 18th, 1:30-3:00pm for children ages 5-8
3:30-5:00pm for children ages 9-12

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,2:00-4:00pm

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, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 pm

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.

Anurag Purwar Sat 13th

Saturday, April 13, 1:30 - 3:30 pm

We welcome Professor Anurag Purwar who will share his famous SnappyXO robots. Join us and start building your own robot.

Stony Brook University Graduate Students

Saturday, March 30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 pm

Reserve for your spot now. Work with Stony Brook University Graduate Outreach (GEO) Students to make a “rainstorm in a jar.”

Artist Maker

Sat., March 23rd, 1:30-3:30pm

Ever stitch with a sewing machine or a big plastic needle? Come join us and create your own fabric art with our resident artist, Ms. Ama. Also enjoy Miles of Tiles and Ring of Fire from MoMath all weekend long.

Moira Chas

Saturday, March 9th

Celebrate Pi Day with Stony Brook University Mathematician Moira Chas. We have various solutions and wand-making materials. Now it's up to you to make 3-D wands for making bubbles.

Biomedical Engineering Society at SBU
Biomedical Engineers

February 16th, 2019

Biomedical engineers fix common health problems. Share your ideas to help ACL injuries or ways to help hands stay safe when cooking? Then, put electrodes on your strong arm, and wrestle with a friend. Let’s see how high you can move the lever.

GEO STEM Club Students at SBU
Biomedical Engineers

February 23rd, 2019

With the GEO STEM Club, you can design and test spacesuits for “Potato Astronauts” using available materials. Prepare to take off to Space!

GEO STEM Club Students at SBU
Biomedical Engineers

January 26th, 2019, 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm

In partnership with Stony Brook University's Graduate Education Outreach (GEO) group, join us for the FIRST monthly STEM club. GEO members will kick off this month's STEM club with the Tie Dye Milk lab. Discover the scientific secrets of soap while creating colorful patterns in milk.

Michael Albert
American Pop Artist / Author 

December 26, 2018

Albert will be bringing his materials of choice, namely cereal boxes and other printed cardboard consumer packages, and will give museum visitors the chance to create a collage of their own.  He will be working side by side with museum guests making art.

All those that visit and create a collage in the workshop session will receive a free signed print of one of Albert’s works among other special gifts!

Smithtown Robotics Team

December 1st, 2018

The Smithtown Robotics team will be at the Long Island Explorium demonstrating our 120-pound competition robot, which was built in just six weeks! They will also have interactive activities with Ozobots and Vex bots for technology enthusiasts of all ages.

Cara DiGirolamo
Illustrator Maker

December 2nd, 2018

Our Maker Cara DiGirolamo is a journeyman maker and illustrator. Marbling is a curious art form that creates unique and dynamic images on paper or other objects. Marbled papers are traditionally used in bookbinding and calligraphy but are also great for origami and scrapbooking. Kids will learn how to make marbled paper and have fun creating works of art.

Atlantic Conservation Society

November 17th, 2018

Celebrate National Geographic's Geography Awareness Week with special guests from the Atlantic Conservation Society. It is important that our young people learn to make effective decisions, understand geo-spatial issues, or recognize their impacts as global citizens.