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STEAM Dojo by Benesse

The Tech Museum of Innovation partners with Benesse Corporation to bring you a series of STEAM-inspired educational programs! We offer both drop-in style programs, free for Museum visitors, and pre-registered workshops.

What is STEAM Dojo?
STEAM = science, technology, engineering, art, and math
Dojo = a place to learn and participate, or a “place of the way”
STEAM Dojo is an experiential learning and tinkering environment, where you can work on projects at the intersection of art and technology. The Tech is partnering with Benesse to bring you a series of these weekend workshops over the next few months. Projects will change each month, so stay tuned for more info on upcoming workshops.

Questions? Please contact us at workshops@thetech.org.

Upcoming Events

Stay tuned for upcoming events!
 

Past Workshops and Events

Open House Events
Unlike STEAM Dojo Workshops, our Open House events are drop-in and free with Museum admission. Open Houses are a great time to come by and get a sneak peek at new activities in development, and to try out some of our favorite activities from past workshops. 

Beyond Code: Scratch Programing with Benesse
Join us for our first fall workshop -- Beyond Code: Scratch Programing with Benesse! In this creative computing project, you’ll combine pumpkins, fruits and veggies with Scratch programing, MaKey MaKeys and retro arcade games for a one-of-a-kind experience. Get creative developing your fruit and veggie controller and harness Scratch to create your own video game! No prior coding experience required. 
 
Beyond Code: Open House with Benesse
Join us for a sneak peek at our upcoming fall workshops, where we will go beyond code by exploring creative computing projects. Give us your feedback and help guide your future workshop experiences. There are projects for everyone in the family, from ages five to adult -- no experience required.

DressCode
Did you know that computer programming can be a great tool for drawing, graphic design, and fashion design? Today, many artists and designers use computer programming to create patterns, illustrations, and 3D models for physical objects. This form of creation is called procedural design. This workshop will introduce DressCode, an entry-level procedural design software developed in the Lifelong Kindergarten Research Group at MIT. DressCode combines graphic drawing with programming to make it easy for new programers to get started with writing code and making art. In the workshop, we'll use DressCode to create custom designs for your very own t-shirt. No prior experience is required. 

Animated Origami 
Make origami come alive! Using pneumatic actuation, we can make origami creations move about in different ways. Fold yourself a crane that will flap its wings, a flower that will bend its petals, or a fox whose ears will twitch -- then learn about the motors, microcontrollers, and air pumps that make it possible. Origami paper provided.

STEAM Dojo by Benesse: Open House with MISELU and AgIC, Inc.
Join us for another STEAM Dojo by Benesse: Open House, where we'll be prototyping new activities for furture workshops. Make your own musical instruments using paper circuits with developers from conductive ink company, AgIC, Inc., and portable musical interface company, Miselu!


LightCUBE
What do you get when you combine LEDs, origami, and stop motion animation? Join us for the first in our series of STEAM Dojo Family Workshops, LightCUBE, and find out! In this Members-exclusive workshop, you’ll create paper cubes, lit up by LEDs, to use as building blocks in your very own stop motion animation film. Team up with other Members, combining your LightCUBEs, to produce a glowing movie masterpiece. Afterwards, share your masterpiece in The Tech Studio, transformed into LightCUBE Theater, and take home your LightCUBEs for more at-home movie magic.


Brighten Up Their Day
Paper craft + electrical circuits = unlimited possibilities! Come and join us in this next series of our STEAM Dojo Family Workshops, where you will create your own greeting cards using an innovative inkjet circuit printer and LEDs. You can cut, fold and draw on it like any other sheet of paper -- but you can also design, connect and electrify your circuits and LEDs to light up your card!