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Maker Space Build-Along: Chain Reactions! - Grades K - 6

playful engineers
Mon., 7/1/24 3:00 pm
registration required
Best for Grades K through 6 (younger children with adult supervision): Monday, July 1 at 3:00 PM
Playful Engineers Teaching Artist Jay Mankita presents an in-person, hands-on event in which participants design, build, test, and play with Rube Goldberg “Machines” – complicated chain reactions accomplishing simple tasks. Participants learn through demonstration, and then through self-directed play, to make kinetic ‘machine’ parts, exploring force and motion, scale, and cause and effect, including catapults, zip-lines, domino towers, and gravity-powered carousels. Jay brings his chain reactions kit from his Traveling Makerspace, with tracks, balls, blocks, cars, action figures, rubberbands, string, tinkertoys, k'nex, and literally thousands of dominoes. Trial & error-focused activities generate multiple opportunities for participants to learn from their success and their failures. We'll hear groans and cheers, as the machines run their course!
Registration is required – attendance is limited to 100 total attendees. 
This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Harvard Public Library.