The beginnings of HAPPISPACE

This past week I began piloting my mobile afterschool makerspace for elementary students, HAPPISPACE. For those of you asking, “What is a mobile makerspace?” Its a movable place where children (and adults) can explore, create, tinker and discover using any, and every tool available to them. Mobile makerspaces can be found in your school library, a recreation center, or your local university.

HAPPISPACE is located in a childcare center. This was a strategic choice as many school age children in my neighborhood attend these centers for after school programming, so since they can’t come to the library, university, or museum I decided I would go to them.

For our first session we made Buckminster Fuller shapes. We discussed, and modeled, how the triangles, unlike squares and rectangles, remain stiff under pressure. While making our domes we also had to taste the marshmallows, to ensure they would work, lol. Eventually the students then made their own shapes, thus using their creativity to invent something new! Check out the pictures from this activity below.

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P.S. Next weeks’ activity involves a graffiti wall and walking water, be sure to check back!


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