Maker Lounge

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The White House will celebrate a Week of Making June 12–18, which coincides with the National Maker Faire in Washington, D.C., featuring makers from across the country and federal agencies including the Department of Education, National Science Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, NASA and many more.

Closer to home, PEM's Maker Lounge is responded to the president's call to action to create more opportunities for making.

On June 12, 13, 14 and 18, come learn about DIY culture, engage in interactive making activities and explore creative design processes.

Here's what we have in store:

Friday, June 12 | 3-5 pm
3D Printing Demo

Meet 3D printing professionals from Formlabs and check out some of the creations their users have been making on the Form 1+ printer. Also, see some of the 3D prints we've made in the Maker Lounge with Solid Pup.

Saturday, June 13 | 11 am-4 pm
LED Graffiti

Make temporary graffiti with lithium batteries, tape, LED lights and magnets. Channel your inner guerilla artist.

Sunday, June 14 | 11 am-4 pm
Robot Origami

Learn the basics of paper-crafting and circuitry! Make your paper robot move and light up and then create your own designs inspired by our Japanese art collection.

Thursday, June 18 | 3-6 pm
National Day of Making Celebration

Meet local makers, tackle surprise design challenges and enjoy demos from Boston's littleBits community.

Learn about the national Week of Making at or contact


Experience a dynamic new space at PEM

The Maker Lounge is dedicated to creativity and innovation through hands-on exploration with technology, materials and ideas. It builds on PEM's tradition of bringing together new and inspiring objects from around the world and celebrating creative expression through human ingenuity.

Tackle a design challenge or tinker with all kinds of materials from circuits to cardboard saws. New programs are being developed for teens and adults including monthly 3-D printing workshops, demonstrations by visiting artists, scientists, engineers and other creatives -- including collaborators from MIT Media Lab, for example -- and cool maker programs for teens. Both energizing and relaxing, the space includes ambient music, iPads and universal phone chargers.

Stop by, hang out and let your creativity fly.

The Maker Lounge is open during regular museum hours and for select special events and public programs.

Photo above: © Kathy Tarantola, Peabody Essex Museum