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An Imagination Lab for Kids

An Innovation Lab for Adults

A Community Maker Space For All

Where STEAM [Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math] take you on an innovation journey.

Come on in and learn a new skill. Take on an innovation challenge. Let your hands lead you to new possibilities.

Maker Space Membership

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The Exploratory is a community maker space for families and adults located in Culver City. We are conveniently located one block east of the Jefferson Exit of the 405.

In our 2000 sq ft of space, we have:

  • Computer lab with mac’s and PC’s
  • A building zone  - Marble Runs, loose materials,
  • Textiles – Sewing, Felting, E-Textiles, Jewelry Making, Gift Making, Silk Screening, Wool, Knitting, Crochet
  • Paper Circuits – Origami, Paper Crafts, Plastic Works
  • Electronics – Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Motors, Circuitry, Micro-Processors etc.
  • Wire, Clay, Ceramics, Stop Motion
  • Wood Working
  • Mold and Silicone
  • 3D Printing
  • Styrofoam cutter
  • Laser Cutter/Engraver ( coming soon )
  • Traditional Art Media
  • E-Waste
  • Community Games

We have a library of projects that you can choose from or come with a project in mind.

We have monthly memberships that give you access to the Maker Space from Tues to Sun. Currently, our hours are 12-6pm. We will add more evening hours as requested.

We also have workshops and classes provided by the community so make sure to sign up for our mailing list.

Classes and Workshops

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HomeSchool Class: Invent Something That Could Change The World

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April 23, 2014
Use 3D printing, electronics, wood working, and other making tools to learn the design thinking process to invent something that could solve a real world problem. We start by identifying the problem that the children wish to solve. Then using the Design Thinking method develped at Stanford’s D-School, we will brainstorm, research, prototype, ideate, present, revise and create a product. Some may end up with a working prototype, others may end up with a final product. It depends on you. We will challenge the children to learn 3 making tools to realize their product.
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Intro to 3D Modeling and Printing: 3rd Tuesday 6:30 - 8:00

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April 1, 2014
Join Ashley Ricart, our 3D modeling and 3D printing expert for this introductory class. Its free for members and $20 for non-members. She will be showing you the different software that is available for 3D modeling and going over what each one does differently than the others. She will also show you how to print to the 3D printer with a checklist of what to be aware of when modeling to print.
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Introduction to Arduino - 3rd Wednesday of each month - 5:00 - 6:30pm

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March 30, 2014
Every 3rd Wednesday of each month from 5:00 - 6:30, join our Arduino expert Debra to get started with Arduino. This open-source electronics prototyping platform opens up a whole world of inventing for all ages! Bring a laptop with Arduino installed to save time.
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Minecraft Club!! Mondays 4:00-5:30pm Starting April 7

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March 23, 2014
For all you Minecraft lovers, we finally have a way to fulfill all your dreams!! Join Travis, our Minecraft expert every Monday from 4-5:30 to use Minecraft as a pathway to coding. Start by being certified by Travis on Minecraft essentials - Basic obstacle course, surviving the night ( sneaking ) , building, mining, electrical circuitry with redstone. Then you will move to making mazes, building buildings, building a business, learning strategy like chess, art of war ( book ) and risk, and then onto Java. Learn how to take your creations and print them on our 3D printer and to incorporate them into your inventions.
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Beginner 3D Character Creation and 3D Printing (6) Mon Starting Apr 21 4-5:30pm

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March 18, 2014
Learn how to make your very own digital character, and 3D print it! Students will visualize and build a character of their own design. We start with a pencil and a ball of clay and then introduce simple “digital clay” 3D software. At the end of the class the students will 3D print their models to bring home.
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Stop Motion Movie Making Workshop 4th Sat of Each Month 10-1pm

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March 11, 2014
Stop motion is a simple and fun animation technique. Participants will work in small groups to script, build and shoot their own short stop motion movies. You can use clay, Legos, toys, or just about anything to create stop motion. While there will be materials provided in the workshop you’re encouraged to bring in objects from home you want to bring to life. Recommended ages 6+ Class size: up to 9
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Intro to Electronics and Robotics for Kids! Starts Wed April 9 4:00 - 5:30pm

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March 3, 2014
Have you ever wondered what electrical engineering really is? What makes a robot a robot? Join Allen Pan as he demystifies circuits, electronic component, micro-controllers, bread boards, transistors and more. You will get learn enough electronics to get you on the path to exploring Arduino projects and inspire you to learn more. A great 6 part introduction into how electronics can translate into useful objects in our world.
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Intro To Electronics For Adults April 9, 16, 23, 30 7-9pm

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March 2, 2014
Have you ever wondered what electrical engineering really is? What makes a robot a robot? Join Allen Pan as he demystifies circuits, electronic component, micro-controllers, bread boards, transistors and more. You will get learn enough electronics to get you on the path to exploring Arduino projects and inspire you to learn more.
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Preschool Tinker.Make.Innovate. Fridays 1:45 - 4:00

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March 1, 2014
For children 3 years to 5 years old and located at PeaPods SchoolHouse . Based in a house, the children explore different science, technology, engineering, art and math concepts while they make with wood, electronics, plastics, recycled materials and more.

Camps

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SUMMER CAMP 2014

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February 26, 2014
Each summer, The Exploratory offers camps like no other! Our weeks are filled with Making and Tinkering, learning new tools, making new friends, inventing and gaining confidence as an innovative thinker. We practice The Innovator Mindset tools to strengthen our communication, collaboration, creative and critical thinking skills while just have a TON of FUN!! Each session enables campers to Invent while learning many new making skills. So, they can come back week after week and design and build different projects and choose the skills that they would like to learn.

Events

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After Hours For Adults

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March 5, 2014
Some things are just more fun to explore at night. We facilitate exploration and innovation for adults like we do with children. We trust that adults are curious and interested in playing with new tools and materials. So, come on in and try a project or 2 or 20 and then decide what you want to design or make. We have The Exploratory After Hours for 21+ adults. 7:00 - 9:00pm
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Ladies' Night - Make with Wine

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February 27, 2014
Moms! Join us every 1st Wednesday evening at 7:00pm at The Exploratory Maker Space for some wine, great conversation, making, sharing and building community. Bring your own wine or spirit of choice. Bring a make project to share - knitting, cookie decorating, robotics, engineering, sewing - anything you do with your hands. If you want, bring some extra supplies for other moms with a price for the materials so that they can purchase them from you. The Exploratory will provide a different project every month.

Programs

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Maker Tribes ( 8-12 yrs old ) Sat 4-6pm

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March 2, 2014
Join your fellow inventors, designers, engineers, coders and artists as you tinker with materials, learn making skills and invent solutions to real world problems. Take challenges that bring your creativity blasting out of the box. Work with friends. Make new friends. Practice Innovator Mindset skills like frustration tolerance, collaborations, creativity, critical thinking, grit and so much more. Experience how Design Thinking process can help you to develop unique solutions to all kinds of provocations.
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Maker Sprouts ( 4-7 yrs old ) Sat 3-4pm

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March 2, 2014
Maker Sprouts is a program for 4-7 year olds, created by our non-profit Maker Guilds. The flagship Maker Sprouts meets on Sat from 3-4pm. This special parent and me program provides families the opportunity to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math concepts while having fun developing new skills. Activities vary - from building with our unusual building materials, making wooden cars and racing them on the Nerdy Derby, using recycled materials to make creatures that can then be scanned and printed on the 3D printer. Each week, we have a different project within a material theme so that we can build our tool skills.
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The Maker Education Initiative's YOUNG MAKERS PROGRAM

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February 26, 2014
Brings together a community of young people, ages 8-18, of varying backgrounds, interests, and skill levels, with mentors and a space to make. In small clubs, participants work together throughout the season to design and make a youth-chosen, open-ended project, culminating in an opportunity to share and exhibit at a showcase event. Young Makers was started in 2010, as a small collaboration between Make, Pixar, and Exploratorium in the San Francisco Bay Area.

For Educators and Librarians

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Library Programs

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March 2, 2014
Maker Guilds has taken The Exploratory Tinker.Make.Innovate. programming and tweaked it to fit into the public library program for the Los Angeles Public Library. We are on the official performer list and have a list of programs for ages preschool to teens that librarians can offer to their local communities. From building, to electronics and robotics and e-textiles, we are working with librarians to offer new ways to restore the library as a community center.
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After School Programs

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March 2, 2014
The Exploratory licenses its curriculum to Maker Guilds for its after school programs at private and public schools throughout Los Angeles. Our programming is found in preschools, elementary schools and middle schools. Children as young as 3 years old are exploring circuity, engineering challenges, making solutions to real world problems and becoming Innovators and pilots of their own futures.
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Making For Educators 1st Thursday 6-8pm

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March 2, 2014
The Exploratory hosts a meetup for Educators , Librarians and other youth serving professionals every 1st Thursday of the month from 6-8pm. Together, we develop maker curriculum for schools, projects for libraries and other programs. We bring our resources together to develop funding for curriculum and tool testing, as well as making standards for Maker Spaces and Makers. Signup at http://www.meetup.com/Making-For-Educators/ to get updates and announcements.
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