Makerspace Weekend in Santa Maria encourages kids to create

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Local children and their families are invited to work together this weekend with “maker” activities.

The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum, Allan Hancock College, and the Santa Maria Public Library have joined forces to create “makerspaces” in the community. A “makerspace” is a place where participants can be innovative and creative and experiment.

“It’s a new phenomenon really that is all about incorporating technology and hands-on tinkering components for the 21st century to help kids develop 21st-century skills,” museum program director Amy Blasco said.

Makerspace Weekend starts from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 5, at Allan Hancock College’s free Friday Night Science. People of all ages can participate in activities like laser engraving and a technology dissection lab.

Children can make buttons, LED circuit bugs, catapults and more from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at the Discovery Museum and Santa Maria Public Library.

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