Hands-on workshop with or without accompanying assembly presentation. Jay guides and inspires kids to construct delightfully complicated contraptions that accomplish simple tasks. Jay supplies dominos, popsicle sticks, rubber bands, string, ping pong balls, pulleys, buckets, tracks, ramps, lego cars, etc…, as well as pre-constructed catapults, mini-zip lines, screwbolt time-spirals, ball-drops, trajectory bouncers, lever-action direction changers, and yardstick marble runs, for kids to study and play with, with plenty of opportunities for making, and learning from mistakes. Hands-on fun, and real engineering, in the class, camp, library, fair, or party with optional take-home goody bags!
Jay showed up on time and set up all his equipment. After he was done, he explained the directions to the kids on what they will be doing and building. The kids were engaged and building their own engineering projects. Then after, we watched as Jay showed us his building project which consisted of mechanical pulleys, dominoes, and blocks of wood and other materials. In the end, the finale of his project lit 10 candles on my daughters birthday cake! Something the kids loved and will never forget. Thanks again, Jay!
This was the second time Playful Engineers Traveling MakerSpace visited our school. The children loved every minute of it. Again, Jay provided all of the materials. He arrived early to set up, allowing the children 2 hours to explore and build simple machines. When needed, Jay worked one on one with individuals to help them create their visions into working machines. He would offer advice and encouragement to small groups working together. Jay has a patient and calm demeanor. The children really enjoyed working with him. It was so amazing watching the children build and rebuild until they got the outcome they were looking for. The children couldn't believe how fast two hours flew by, they were having too much fun! A big round of applause for Jay! It is obvious Jay loves what he does and has fun every day while doing his job. He is a true professional! I look forward to working with him again.
Kids were engaged with science/arts and crafts activities. Jay was very engaged with the kids.
Jay arrived early. My group consists of grades kindergarten through 4th. The children sat attentively during Jay's demonstration and asked and answered many pertinent questions. Jay provided a huge assortment of materials for the children. They had so much fun constructing, creating, taking things apart, and rebuilding. It was awesome to watch the children think and see their wheels turning as they worked on their machines. We can't wait to have Jay back!
What to Expect
Artist/Educator Jay Mankita guides and inspires kids to construct delightfully complicated contraptions that accomplish simple tasks. Jay supplies dominos, popsicle sticks, magnets, rubber bands, string, balls, marbles, etc…, set up includes Jay’s basic table and floor-based templates as well as some pre-constructed machines for kids to study and play with, with plenty of opportunities for making, and learning from, their own mistakes. Goofy fun, and real engineering. Jay brings all the materials, you supply the kids (or families, adults, seniors - all ages and venues!)
This event can be for up to 2 hours.
Jay Mankita has worked with kids and families for over 30 years. His engineering workshops are experiential and inspiring. He's also an award-winning, internationally known (Grammy-nominated compilation, Parents' Choice award, Putumayo Kids, and published songwriter and musician. Jay is also the dad of a 9 year old engineer who encourages him to relearn basic physics in order to keep ahead of the curve! Over the past 5 years, Jay has been building Rube Goldberg machines, domino rallies, crazy cardboard contraptions, and all kinds of science-based and engineering-strong gadgets and gizmos. He is now beginning his third extended school residency with this particular workshop, and is ready to bring it to your town.
Additional Booking Notes
We'll need flat surfaces - tables, floor space, etc... I have enough materials for large groups, but the more participants, the more volunteers (staff, teens, parents, etc...) I'll need supporting the project, especially for the young crowd.
This event can be for up to 2 hours.
Flat tables, floors, shelves, etc... May be indoors or outside with enough flat (dry and clean) surfaces.