The Be A Maker Space

The Be A Maker space is a communal workshop that welcomes young children, families and groups to explore science, technology, engineering, arts and math by working on a broad range of do-it-yourself projects that help children build new skills, collaborate and share their accomplishments. Outfitted with real tools, materials and technologies, the makerspace offers self-directed activities and workshops facilitated by Museum staff and guest makers.

Be A Maker Open Making & Monthly Activities

Morning Open Making: Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m.-noon*

Afternoon Open Making: Monday-Friday, 2-4:00 p.m.*

Open Making: Saturday, 2-4 p.m.

*Subject to change. Open Making is FREE with regular admission. 

June – Say Cheese: Graphic Design, Photography, Cartooning and Illustration
“A picture is worth a thousand words” is an idiom, a phrase that has become a way of expressing an idea. Join us as we explore different ways of communicating through pictures; making personal logos, zines and more – throughout the month of June.

July – Biomimicry: Design Inspiration from Nature
Airplanes are an example of biomimicry. What else has wings and flies? Join us to create something inspired by a shape or function you would find in nature. We’re collecting all kinds of recyclables that you can use, along with hardware and other material – throughout the month of July.

August – Measure Twice, Cut Once: Measuring Tools + Materials + Your Ideas
Rulers, tape measures, yardsticks, measuring cups, scales, protractors; let’s experiment with these tools and build some cool stuff – throughout the month of August.

Click here to view our upcoming Be A Maker programs on the calendar.

Be A Maker Summer Camps

Registration is open for our Be A Maker Summer Camps! Our half-day camps are available for first graders (for the 2017-2018 school year) and older students, with fun, facilitated programs in our makerspace that teach 3D Printing, Photography and Printmaking. Click here for additional information.

What is Making?

We all know what it says in the dictionary, but when we talk about “Making” at the Museum, we are talking about getting involved in work involving crafting, 3D design and printing, robotics, woodworking, knitting, electronics, soap-making, pickling, cheese-making… the list goes on!  It means a do-it-yourself attitude, curiosity, experimentation, problem-solving, sharing and collaboration, and lots of fun.

Our Maker Initiative — the Be A Maker Space, Maker Faire Milwaukee, outreach and more — expands our core “learning by doing” mission to the larger community.  Making is revolutionizing education at all levels.  STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and design and math) skills are critical to how we will live, work and learn in the future, and the Museum is proud to be a leader in providing maker education opportunities to the children and families we serve, in the Museum and beyond.

 Exhibit sponsor:

The Teerlink Family

Upcoming Events
Sat 19

Be A Maker: Open Making

August 19 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon 21

Be A Maker: Morning Open Making

August 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mon 21

Be A Maker: Afternoon Open Making

August 21 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
See the Full Calendar
BBCM Newsletter

Check out our May-August newsletter, Handprints, with news about our upcoming exhibits, programs and more!