Put on your thinking caps, and spark your imagination! Be a part of the McWane maker movement and spend the day crafting, building, inventing, designing, tinkering, and engineering. Learn a new skill and showcase your creativity with other local makers.
Join local artist Brian Bohanan, also known as the “TreeMan,” to create unique art pieces using found and recycled objects. Check out his nature-inspired folk art at bohananfolkart.com.
Splish, splash, get ready for a bath! Creamy Delights Soap will show us how baking soda and citric acid come together in a bath bomb to erupt into a fizzy, colorful, sweet smelling bath. Take a look at their line of skin care products at be-delighted.com.
Acids, bases, and bugs, oh my! Develop a unique ink color made from the dried cochineal bug., Cochineal bugs produce the crimson-colored carminic acid, which can then change to orange or purple by adding an acid or base. Make a stamp with recycled materials and create your distinctive print.
Welcome to the Science Kitchen. Experiment with different spices and seasonings to create your own butter flavor. Who knew making was so tasty?
Construct a toy that moves with a ‘crank slider’ mechanism. Your contraption can move up and down, side-to-side, or swing to and fro. What will you make?
This is where art and science collide! Make living art by painting colorful (harmless) bacteria on a petri dish canvas. Like invisible ink, you won’t see your artwork at first, but as the bacteria divide and grow, your colorful painting will be revealed. The bacteria take about 48 hours to grow and change colors. Participants will leave their paintings at McWane to develop, and we will post pictures of their finished masterpieces online by Tuesday, September 11.
Make your own bar of soap on our soap making assembly line. Add color and your favorite fragrance. Just don’t forget to wash behind your ears!