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DIY Weekend: You’re never too young to be a maker

Pt 508

DIY Weekend: You’re never too young to be a maker @ CNET.

What do you get when you mix a bunch of creative kids with copper wire, glue guns, and dead toy parts? Roller-skating bears and a Two-Hump Wump, to name just a few things. More than 500 families registered for yesterday’s Open Make at San Francisco’s hands-on Exploratorium science museum. The event, a collaboration between the Exploratorium, Make magazine, and Pixar Animation Studios, was aimed at giving young makers a forum for learning new skills, collaborating with peers, and showing off their talents.


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