Makerspace Event at OCES 12/2/17

We had such a great time bringing our mobile makerspace activities to OCES! We explored:

  • Upcycled Design (Novel Engineering, Upcycled Art, Creative Challenge Cards)
  • Fingerknitting (Yarn, Plastic Bags)
  • Papercraft (Kirigami, Pop-up Cards, Silhouette Studio & Silhouette Cameo paper.vinyls cutting machine)
  • 3D Modeling (3D Drawings with Hot Glue and 3D Pens, Converting 2D Drawings into 3D models with MakerBot PrintShop app, Creating 3D Models with Tinkercad, Demo of MakerBot Replicator Mini 3D Printer)
  • Computer Programming (Computational Thinking with Robot Mouse Game, Visual-Based Coding in Scratch, Interactive Games with MaKey Makey Microcontrollers)
  • Electronics Explorations (LittleBits Kits)

For a complete list of related resources, please click here.

Remember to explore our website to find more fun activities to help you
Make Awesome Knowledge-building Experiences and remember to proceed with curiosity and MAKE something awesome!

Digital Design Maker Camp @ Centro

The Digital Design Maker Camp was held at Centro on June 14-17. We had so much fun teaching the children about digital design this week! We used free software that is easily accessible to PC/Mac/tablets/smartphones. We explored 3D modeling to create our own characters and also explored computer programming to create our own animations and games. Parents/Guardians: We will continue to print their 3D models and will have them available for pick up at Centro after June 22nd. In the meantime, here’s some more information to keep your children designing for free all summer long:


Explore 3D models online:

Design original models in free 3D modeling software:

Get more 3D models printed at:

Care for your 3D model:

  1. Gently file rough edges with sandpaper or nail file.
  2. Paint with acrylic paint (ex. nail polish) or permanent markers.


Learn about computer programming and computer science:

Apps that teach computer programming:

Code your own stories and games:

Learn advanced computer programming languages:

Be sure to visit our website as we update more fun activities and upcoming events!

AET Makerspace at NAEA 2016

We had an amazing time presenting an interactive makerspace at NAEA! Participants got a chance to discover 8 engaging makerspace activity stations that explored new media, engineering, and computer science. They got to learn to create with arduinos, 3D printers, sewable circuits, free design software, etc. Here is the list of all 8 presenters’ resources. We hope that everyone enjoyed it as much as we did and that it provided inspiration to take back to your own art classrooms! Thanks to the ArtEdTech (AET) group for sponsoring the session!

soft_circuit sewncircuits3  snapcircuits

Maker Play Workshops at San Marcos Public Library

Join us at the San Marcos Public Library for “Maker Play” workshops on July 10, 17, and 24 from 2-4 pm. Explore technology including 3D printing and simple robotics to bring your imagination to life with hands-on projects! This workshop is free and geared toward kids ages 7-12. Space is limited so please register through the SMPL website here.

This is a series of annual workshops that are in collaboration with Maker Camp, which supports a unique global summer camp experience for young artists and inventors ages 7-12. This year’s themes include: Far-Out Future, Flight, Fun and Games, Fantasy, Funkytown, and Farmstead, which will challenge every participant to learn new skills across a wide range of interests.

STREAM Fest 2015

stream-logoLooking for some free fun activities to do with your family this weekend? Well if you live in Central Texas you should bring your family to our STREAM Fest 2015 Saturday 1/31/15 from 11-4 at the San Marcos Activity Center and San Marcos Public Library.

The purpose of the festival is to provide hands-on activities that demonstrate how artists draw upon the other disciplines to create a variety of art. We will have 20 hands-on booths ongoing throughout the day at the Activity Center and 5 performances scheduled at the Library, including concerts and puppet shows. It is a great FREE creative opportunity for kids of all ages. I hope you will consider attending with your family and/or telling a few friends about the event.

Ongoing at Activity Center from 11-4:

Rock Salt Watercolor Painting
Color Mixing with Light and Transparencies
Abstract Drawings from Microscope Projections

Imagination Station’s Stop Motion Animation
3D Printing demonstration

Comics and Manga
Paper Engineering: Pop-up Card-making and Shadow Puppets
Storybook Character Face Painting

Freestyle Building Station
Make and Take Structure Building
Artistic Robots

Freestyle Art Space
Collaborative Drawing (a.k.a. exquisite corpse)
Reflective Drawings

3D Modular Kirigami Paper Puzzles & Tangrams
Photo Symmetry
Inkblot Mandalas

Scheduled Events at Library:

11:00-3:00 Scott Wade with Dirty Car Art demo
11:00-12:00 Terri Hendrix kids concert
12:00-1:00 Anasi and the Talking Melon Puppet Show
1:00-2:00 Science Sensations Stations
2:00-4:00 Lego Mania

(High Tech) Makerspace Saturdays

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 9.43.41 AM

You bring the design ideas and we’ll bring the tools, including laptops, 2D digital fabrication machines, and 3D printers. In case you don’t have a design idea we’ll also have some fun activities to spark your creativity and inspire you to make something awesome!

We’ll explore 2D design using free Silhouette Studio software and Silhouette Cameo digital fabrication machines that cut cardstock paper. We’ll also explore 3D printing using free TinkerCAD software, free AutoDesk 123d software, and PrintrBot Simple 3D printers that print your design out of biodegradable PLA plastic (watch this short video to see it in action).

Makercamp 2014

In partnership with The Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos, The MAKE Lab invites you to join us Fridays for free makerspace activities and virtual fieldtrips!

LOCATIONScreen Shot 2014-07-01 at 7.58.24 PM
Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos
211 Lee Street
San Marcos, TX 78666

Fridays, July 25th – August 15th


July 25th Fun & Games Lego and Disney
August 1st Science & Technology Google’s self-driving car
August 8th DIY Music Blue Man Group
August 15th Make Believe Jim Henson’s Creature Shop

Contact Dr. Shaunna Smith for more information about attending: or 512-245-4377

Sign-up on the Makercamp website to receive additional activity information and access to the global “maker” community.