A-TAC: OMSI’s Teen Maker Movement

Build. Break. Make. Indeed. OMSI and Multnomah County Library’s Awesome Teen Advisory Council (A-TAC) demoed their inventive hearts out at Portland’s first Mini Maker Faire.

The teens used MakerBot Replicators to 3D print mustache rings and space invaders, and an EggBot to personalize ping pong balls. Let’s just say visitors to the A-TAC table did not walk away unhappy. Over 5,000 visitors came to OMSI to view the many inventions on display.

A-TAC members assist with everything from architectural design concepts to educational programming. They are a dynamic force in planning OMSI and MCL’s proposed Maker Center—a hands-on community environment for you to research, design, collaborate, and make things. In the quest to craft a teen friendly place to tinker, council members have interviewed local makers and visited them in their natural habitats, such as ADX, a large shop space on SE 11th and Oak in Portland.

A-TAC is taking their show on the road this year and they want you to participate! Look for them at OMSI Teen Nights and at Multnomah County Library locations later this fall and spring. If you or a teen you know are into science, art, design, or the like, send the A-TAC an email at omsimclmashup@gmail.com with the subject line “New member.”

 This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services

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I just signed up to your blogs rss feed. Will you post more on this subject?

Hi Judith! There is definitely going to be a lot more happening with A-TAC and OMSI in the future. OMSI is also looking at the possibility of hosting another Maker Faire event next year! But I don't know how frequent posts on these subjects will be. -Ashley


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