Richmond, VA: The MiX

Featuring the latest technology-including 3D printers, cameras, Audio equipment, and a giant Green Screen- teens will have their very own space to work solo or collaborate with other students. Create you own 3D design with Tinkercad or SketchUp, test out Adobe Photoshop, or meet up with one of our mentors to learn about programming, electronics, graphic arts, robotics, and much more. Work on school projects, boost you computer skills or just be creative with your friends!

The MiX is free and open to all teens, 13-18. Become a member to sign up for a specialty workshop, mess around or geek out in the lab – and don’t forget to bring your own brain.

Learning Labs Put 3D Printing Skills to the Test to Improve Lives for Veterans in Virginia

When you think of a team that has won $20,000 in a Make-a-thon for prosthetics and assistive technology, you wouldn’t expect that the team consisted of three teens, an educator, and an engineer. You also wouldn’t expect that they would immediately release their ideas as an open-source project, enabling doctors, researchers, and industrial designers to bring the team’s creation rapidly into market, potentially changing the lives of thousands of people, including Veterans, who live with prostheses. Read the rest »

The Story of Science Museums in the YOUmedia Network

Three staff from science museums in the YOUmedia Network gathered in New York to do some professional development around what YOUmedia looks like in a science center. Matt Baker from The MiX (Science Museum of Virginia), David Wells from Maker Space (New York Hall of Science), and Matt Chilbert from TechHive (Lawrence Hall of Science) recorded a follow-up conversation where they reflect on initial challenges to starting a teen-focused program, and move toward current challenges around expanding to different age groups, and considerations on funding and sustainability within their science centers. Read the rest »

Why A Makerspace Popped Up in a Museum

Most people wouldn’t think of science as quirky, but if they’d witnessed a posse of orange, papier-maché robotic pumpkins racing down the hall at the Science Museum of Virginia (SMV), in Richmond, Virginia, they might re-think that image. Over the past several years, libraries, museums and community centers around the country have opened “makerspaces” where young people can come and play with equipment they may not have at home — like 3D printers or circuitry boards. Read the rest »