“You do have to try, learn, and improve. You do have to put yourself out there and risk failure. But in this new world, you don’t have to go bankrupt if you fail because you can fail small. You can innovate as a hobby. Imagine that: a nation of innovation hobbyists working to make their lives more meaningful and the world a better place. Welcome to the maker revolution.” ― Mark Hatch, The Maker Movement Manifesto
$60 | Four Weeks of Preschool Makers
Saturdays @ 10:00-11:00 (Preschoolers); 11:00-12:00 (Gr K-1)
Learning to be a Maker has never been more fun...
At Olive Children | Little Steamers, we provide a cool place for young children as young as three years old to create, to tinker, and to innovate. Here they can play around with ideas, make things together and mess around with tools, materials and techniques. They will learn to investigate how things work, discover how things are used, and learn new processes and skills.
It is an interest-driven engagement in creative production that connects with science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). It begins with making familiar materials accessible to children and encouraging them to engage with the materials in new ways. Every class is different, and we’re always trying new things! Do something new each time you visit.
Week 1 ( Oct 20) | What's in the Sky?
Children will make telescopes and explore what is in the sky during both day and night.
Week 2 (Oct 27) | Day and Night
Children will use flashlights to explore the difference between day and night.
Week 3 (Nov 3) | Moon Phases
Children will explore and document Moon changes over a period of 1 week.
Week 4 (Nov 10) | Sundials
Using a sundial, the children will explore the Sun as a source of light causing shadows and will learn that the Sun travels, causing shadows to change.
Theme: Our Sky
We will explore things in the sky including the Sun, Moon, and stars. The students will form hypotheses, gather observations, and draw conclusions, make constellations, investigate sundials, experiment with UV light, and discover changes in the Moon.
Theme: Animal Friends
We will Discover unique characteristics and behaviors of animals through a series of interactive activities.
Date: Dec 1, 8 , 15, 22
The winter season and cold temperatures are the focus as students learn about changes in matter and the different ways animals prepare for winter. Fun activities include exploring camouflage, experimenting with icy water, melting ice and freezing liquids.
Date: Jan 5, 12, 19, 26
Theme: Healthy Me
Explore the foundation of personal health habits, including nutrition and exercise. Through participation in creative movement concepts, develop an understanding of balance, stability, coordination and spatial relationships.
Date: Feb 2, 9, 16, 23
Theme: My Five Senses
Explore the five senses of sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch while performing experiments with everyday materials. Learn about the parts of the body responsible for each sense and how the brain interprets these sensations.
Date: Mar 2, 9, 16, 23
$100 | Four Weeks of Afterschool Makers
Saturdays @ 1:00-1:30 (Gr 1-3), 1:30-3:00 (Gr3-5)
Nov 3, 10, 17, 24 | Maker Lab and Out of the Box
Start thinking and making way outside the box with some of our favorite projects.
You will get to:
Turn science and engineering into your own cool creations
Tinker with light and electricity to make colorful kaleidoscopes and circuits
Build giant structures and helmet to show off your cardboard creativity.
Dec 1, 8, 15, 22 | Give it a Form
Design and build three-dimensional (3D) sculptures out of paper or clay. Transform two-dimensional (2D) shapes into 3D forms. Get started with 3D modeling using Pixologic’s Sculptris digital sculpting software.
You will get to:
Design and create 3D sculptures using images as visual prompts
Engage in digital sculpting using Scruptris and design a model for 3D printing
Learn about transforming 2D shapes into 3D forms
Jan 5, 12, 19, 26 | Marvel's Spider-Man Projects
Get your Maker tools and Web-shooters ready to take on our Spider-Man theme Maker projects brought to you by Disney XD
You will get to:
Build projects as you discover the science and technology behind circuits, chemical reactions, light tinkering, cardboard
prototyping, soldering, and transmitting Morse code with Raspberry Pi.
Feb 2, 9, 16, 23 | Light it Up, Circuits Creativity Around the World
Make many different paper-based projects that light-up in cool and surprising ways, as you learn circuitry basics through crafting with LEDs, copper tape, and coin cell batteries.
You will get to:
Build a circuit on paper using conductive tape, LEDs, and coin batteries
Design a light-up project, such as a greeting card
Explore more ideas, materials, and projects such as glowing pinwheels, light up helicopters, and pop-up cards.
Have fun and get creative to light up your world however you want!