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Staten Island MakerSpace offers new kids engineering workshops

Kids learn math and science skills by playing the video game Minecraft at Staten Island MakerSpace's new, Friday-afternoon workshop sessions.

Family workshop at Staten Island MakerSpace

Family workshop at Staten Island MakerSpace Courtesy Staten Island MakerSpace

Convincing your kids to sit down and do their math or science homework might be a challenge, but parents will have no problem getting their little learners to attend a new interactive workshop at Staten Island MakerSpace, where fun games and projects double as educational activities. The 6,000-square-foot space that opened last month gives members access to tools and equipment, wood and metal shops, computer labs, sewing studios and more, and offers focused workshops for various age groups.

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Their newest workshop invites budding engineers ages 7 and up to attend Friday Minecraft Madness Club sessions, in which they'll use a building video game called Minecraft to complete a digital construction challenge. A hands-on project following the digital portion will also teach the kids how to make real objects, often applying building concepts that they used in the video game. The combination of electronics, computer programming, engineering, design and creative problem-solving presents a valuable opportunity for little ones to build their skill sets in an interactive space.

Due to high interest, the January workshop session is already sold out but spaces are still available for session two, running February 7, 14, 21 and 28. According to MakerSpace cofounder DB Lampman, the workshops will likely become a monthly occurence. Check out the MakerSpace website for pricing and further details.

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