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Open MAKE: Tools - March 17, 2012

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Open MAKE: Tools - March 17, 2012

Open MAKE: Tools
Saturday, March 17, 2012
10 am - 2 pm

[caption id="attachment_5327" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Ben Cowden's "Lollipop Licker" "]Image © Ben Cowden[/caption]

What makes something a tool? Does it need to be a hand held to fit the bill?  From  the hammer to the hair brush, the steam iron to the curling iron, wooden spoon and steel knife, saw and the laser cutter - Open MAKE: Tools celebrates the old school and new tools that allow us to do so much.  On Saturday, March 17th, 2012 - from 10 am to 2 pm, come and discover tools you never knew about, learn new uses for those you may have taken for granted, and then put your inner maker to work. Meet makers, like sculptor Ben Cowden, fiber artist Moxie, chef Elizabeth Faulkner and cartoonist/engineer Tim Hunkin.   Discover how David Lang and Eric Stackpole created an ROV (remotely operated vehicle) to help them find buried treasure, and uncover the secrets of lock-picking with TOOOL. Visitors can learn how to whittle, make rope out of string using a cordless drill, solve a problem by making tools like crows do, check out laser cutters with Tech Shop, and then take a meditative moment in the Henna Lounge, where Darcy Vasudev will be applying temporary henna designs on willing bodies. Open MAKE: Tools is a celebration of innovation - and what the creativity of an individual can do with it.

This spring, we’re tinkering with a capital “T” as the Exploratorium’s Tinkering Studio ©, and MAKE Magazine present Open MAKE – a monthly program of hands-on activities, demonstrations, and guest artists and makers from the Bay Area and beyond. Toys, Time, Tools and Trash are the themes which will each get the Open MAKE treatment, on the third Saturday of the month, from January through April, 2012. A collaboration between the Exploratorium, MAKE Magazine, and Pixar Animation Studios, Open MAKE highlights the tools, techniques, and ingenuity of local Makers. Visitors are invited to participate in tinkering and making activities inside the Tinkering Studio, where Makers from around the Bay Area will share their work. In addition, Dale Dougherty, founder and editor of MAKE Magazine, will interview Featured Makers in the McBean Theater.  And, when Open MAKE season finishes at the Exploratorium, we bring the same level of excitement to the annual Maker Faire weekend down in San Mateo, May 19 and 20th – http://makerfaire.com/

Visit http://tinkering.exploratorium.edu/events/ for updates on activities related to each date and theme.

The rest of the spring Open MAKE schedule is as follows:

Saturday, March 17, 2012
Third Open MAKE session: Tools

Saturday, April 21, 2012
Fourth Open MAKE session: Trash

Maker Faire - Bay Area - May 19 and 20, 2012
Check the MAKE's site for details and ticket information: http://makezine.com/

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