A maker space – Children’s Museum of Houston decides kids need one of their own

At the museum, kids have a lot of options when it comes to expressing do-it-themselves attitudes.

Photo: Houston.culturemap.com

Photo: Houston.culturemap.com

A tiny sampling of the museum’s offerings includes a city designed to be run by kids, workshops for inventors, and a sculptural tower made for climbing.

More options: Make mini rockets. Develop an understanding of Newton’s Third Law of Motion. Make a marshmallow blaster. Develop some programming chops.

Inside and outside, the museum is one big invitation to explore and make stuff.

Maker Annex

Recently, the museum opened a maker space for kids. They call it the Maker Annex.

Kids have always made things. In the Maker Annex, they’ll be encouraged to tinker and learn new skills to bring their designs to life

Kids have always made things. In the Maker Annex, they’ll be encouraged to tinker and learn new skills to bring their designs to life.

Knowing how to solder is a necessity for any kid who wants to design something that runs on electricity. The Annex features two soldering stations. Breathing solder fumes is never a good idea. In the photo above, the station to the right is served by our Model 100 Stainless Steel Winged Sentry Solder Fume Extractor.

Knowing how to solder is a necessity for any kid who wants to design something that runs on electricity. The Annex features two soldering stations. Breathing solder fumes is never a good idea. In the photo above, the station to the right is served by our Model 100 Stainless Steel Winged Sentry Solder Fume Extractor.

The second solder station is served by our Model 100 Stainless Steel Floor Fume Extractor. The self-supporting flexible hose can be positioned precisely where fumes are created.

The second solder station is served by our Model 100 Stainless Steel Floor Fume Extractor. The self-supporting flexible hose can be positioned precisely where fumes are created.

Maker kids will have access to traditional hand tools. This layout makes many a home workshop user more than a tad envious.

Maker kids will have access to traditional hand tools. This layout makes many a home workshop user more than a tad envious.

Maker kids will also learn to use contemporary tools, like this laser cutter, to cut a variety of materials from paper to plastics. Fumes produced by the laser cutter are pulled into filters in our Model 300 Portable Floor Sentry before they can spread throughout the Annex.

Maker kids will also learn to use contemporary tools, like this laser cutter, to cut a variety of materials from paper to plastics. Fumes produced by the laser cutter are pulled into filters in our Model 300 Portable Floor Sentry before they can spread throughout the Annex.

The Annex’s benevolent overlord

Brent Richardson will oversee the Maker Annex day to day. In the photos above, he’s checking out the laser cutter, showing how precisely it can cut, and using a soldering station in preparation for the grand opening.

Brent Richardson will oversee the Maker Annex day to day. In the photos above, he’s checking out the laser cutter, showing how precisely it can cut, and using a soldering station in preparation for the grand opening.

Two walls in of the Maker Annex of the Children's Museum of Houston.
As these wide-angle photos show, the Maker Annex is fully equipped and designed to offer a multitude of opportunities for kids to tinker and to build. We are pleased to play a role in keeping the air the kids breathe clean.

As these wide-angle photos show, the Maker Annex is fully equipped and designed to offer a multitude of opportunities for kids to tinker and to build. We are pleased to play a role in keeping the air the kids breathe clean.

Kinship

At Sentry Air, we’re excited about the possibilities inherent in the Maker Annex. Problems will be encountered and problems will be solved. The air will resonate  with ideas.

One reason we feel a kinship with the Annex and the kids who will use it is because the air purifiers we donated are designed by our president, Bryan Rossnagel.

Early in the company’s history, he turned the family garage into a ‘maker space’ to design and prototype the company’s first products.

Today, Sentry Air’s product lines are used in many workplaces and homes, including welding shops, pharmacies, universities, technical schools, medical offices, CNC shops and – proudly –  maker spaces:  Portland, Houston.

Find the museum at the following links 

Twitter: @cmhouston

Website: www.cmhouston.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cmhouston

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/childrensmuseumhou

Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/cmhouston

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/childrensmuseumhouston/