Spring into Scout Nights

Spring into Scout Nights

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Written by Emily Rosenbloom, Thinkery Marketing & Communications Intern | March 24, 2016 “We learned ways to make the world a better place,” a Daisy Girl Scout happily exclaimed during a recent Thinkery Scout Night. A chaperone added, “The best part of … Continued

Brighten up Your Spring Break

Brighten up Your Spring Break

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Written by Emily Rosenbloom, Thinkery Marketing & Communications Intern | March 3, 2016 What a pretty color! It is so bright outside today! I see the light. We hear these phrases often, but what do they mean? Light and color are essential … Continued

Message from CEO

Message from CEO

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  Yesterday, across our state, businesses like ours made decisions whether to allow Open Carry of weapons on premises. This gave me, as the CEO, an opportunity to evaluate our entire safety policy; specifically how we address weapons at the … Continued

Here in Space 8 We Do a Lot of Cool Things

Here in Space 8 We Do a Lot of Cool Things

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Here in Space 8 we do a lot of cool things. As a Maker Space, we’re always tinkering with new and old materials and ideas. One of our favorite things to do is play with circuitry! Have you ever wondered … Continued

Why Opening the Door is One of the Most Important Things We Do

Why Opening the Door is One of the Most Important Things We Do

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Thinkery’s Open Door initiative allows access to children and families who may otherwise not be able to explore and learn. Your donation to Open Door creates invaluable experiences for tomorrow’s creative problem solvers. Below is a first hand story from … Continued

The Benefits of the Thanksgiving Feast

The Benefits of the Thanksgiving Feast

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The Benefits of the Thanksgiving Feast Article written by Taylor Rather, Marketing Intern | November 24, 2015 Thanksgiving feasts are wonderful but often accompanied by feelings of guilt and regret. The average Thanksgiving meal can pack quite the calorie punch … Continued

America Recycles Day: Thinkery Partners with R2 Corp to Collect E-Waste

America Recycles Day: Thinkery Partners with R2 Corp to Collect E-Waste

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America Recycles Day in Space 8, November 15th Written by Taylor Rather, Thinkery Marketing Intern | November 12, 2015 As America Recycles Day approaches, it’s important to understand the significance of this national day. Most people are aware of the benefits of … Continued

From the Floor: A Thinker and Lego Robotics

From the Floor: A Thinker and Lego Robotics

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A Thinker and Lego Robotics Written by Claire Blakely, Thinker | From the Floor Series | November 5, 2015   Hi, I’m Claire Blakely and I’m a Thinker at the Thinkery!   When I was in elementary school, I was … Continued

Why Pumpkins?

Why Pumpkins?

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Why Pumpkins? A Botanical History of Jack O’Lanterns Written by Olivia Ott, Thinkery Volunteen | October 31, 2015 It’s October 31st (in my opinion probably the best day on the calendar), Halloween Night. You’re dressed up in an epic costume, … Continued

Spotted at Thinkery: Google’s Self-Driving Car

Spotted at Thinkery: Google’s Self-Driving Car

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On Saturday, August 29th Google paired up with the Thinkery, home base for the next generation of innovators, to present their new Self-Driving technology to the Austin community. The day started with a line of eager guests ready to explore the … Continued

Summer Camp: Staff Spotlight

Summer Camp: Staff Spotlight

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We love to celebrate our staff, volunteers, volunteens and interns year round, but this week is particularly special. Summer Camps are well under way here at the Thinkery! Campers are diving head first into activities designed to encourage exploration and creative … Continued

Filming at Thinkery

Filming at Thinkery

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Did you see us filming at Thinkery? Filming took place at Thinkery earlier last week for our Open Door fundraising campaign! Thinkery is a place that leaves a lasting impact on the children who pass through our doors and our goal … Continued

Staff Highlight: Debbi Spraggins

Staff Highlight: Debbi Spraggins

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It’s Staff Highlight time! We love to celebrate our staff, volunteers, volunteens and interns year round, but this week is particularly special.   Today we honor Debbi Spraggins. She works Monday mornings, she welcomes guests, talks with the littlest of visitors and collects email … Continued

National Volunteer Week Spotlights: EdExchange

National Volunteer Week Spotlights: EdExchange

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We love to celebrate our volunteers, volunteens and interns year round, but this week is particularly special as we celebrate National Volunteer Week at the Thinkery! National Volunteer Week is a celebration about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways … Continued

National Volunteer Week Spotlights: Jay

National Volunteer Week Spotlights: Jay

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We love to celebrate our volunteers, volunteens and interns year round, but this week is particularly special as we celebrate National Volunteer Week at the Thinkery! National Volunteer Week is a celebration about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways … Continued

National Volunteer Week Spotlights: Helen

National Volunteer Week Spotlights: Helen

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We love to celebrate our volunteers, volunteens and interns year round, but this week is particularly special as we celebrate National Volunteer Week at the Thinkery! National Volunteer Week is a celebration about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways … Continued

Help — Donate Broken Electronics or Machines!

Help — Donate Broken Electronics or Machines!

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We need your help, Austin! Have a lot of junk lying around? We’re here to help. Donate broken electronics and machines to Thinkery! Space 8 is the Thinkery’s new maker lab and learning environment specifically designed for children ages 8 … Continued

Thinkery Volunteer Spotlight: Tom

Thinkery Volunteer Spotlight: Tom

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The Thinkery Blog regularly features one of our amazing volunteers and their fantastic work at the Thinkery. This month we feature Tom, who joined us through Intel’s Encore Fellowship program for retirees. Read all about his fun work here at the Thinkery. … Continued

Amplify Austin Is March 5–6—We Need Your Support!

Amplify Austin Is March 5–6—We Need Your Support!

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Next week we’re excited to celebrate and participate in Amplify Austin, starting at 6 pm on Thursday, March 5. Amplify Austin is the 24-hour giving day where hundreds of nonprofits across the city raise awareness about their mission and also … Continued

Volunteen Guest Post: Chocolate Pretzels

Volunteen Guest Post: Chocolate Pretzels

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One last time for the holiday season, our awesome Volunteen April has put together a delicious at home activity to do. Make these Pretzel Rods as a treat for yourself, or share with friends and family!   How to make … Continued

Volunteen Guest Post: DIY Snowflakes and Reindeer, oh my!

Volunteen Guest Post: DIY Snowflakes and Reindeer, oh my!

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Today on the blog, our awesome Volunteen April has put together two fun projects to do at home this holiday season- snowflakes and reindeer! Thanks April! How to make Paper Snowflakes Materials –         printer paper –         scissors –         creativity –         … Continued

Guest Post: Lin Winton, Exhibit Design Intern

Guest Post: Lin Winton, Exhibit Design Intern

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Today’s blog post is written by Lin Winton. Lin Winton served as the Fall 2014 Exhibit Design Intern, and worked hard in the development of our newest exhibit, JUNK.  Lin is a lecturer in the Biology department at The University of … Continued

A Visit from the Dumpster Project

A Visit from the Dumpster Project

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Note: This post was put together by one of our awesome Volunteens, Sian! Facts: Trash in an Avg. American Home: 4.5 lbs/day Dumpster: 0 Avg. energy: 11000 kwh Dumpster: 0 Avg. space: 2480 ft^2 Dumpster: 33 ft^2   Avg. Water … Continued

Happy Halloween! (And Make These DIY Masks)

Happy Halloween! (And Make These DIY Masks)

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This week on the blog, our Volunteens are celebrating all sorts of creative ideas for the Halloween season! Today, Volunteens Crystal & Bryan are showing us how to make a quick and easy Halloween masks!  Today we’re making do-it-yourself masks. Using materials from the supply closet in … Continued

Volunteen Guest Post: How to Be a Robot

Volunteen Guest Post: How to Be a Robot

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This week on the blog, our Volunteens are celebrating all sorts of creative ideas for the Halloween season! Today, Volunteens Emma Jane, April and Annabella are showing us how to make a quick and easy robot costume, for all your roboting needs!  Materials 1 … Continued

DIY Halloween Paper Bag Puppet

DIY Halloween Paper Bag Puppet

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Volunteen is our youth volunteer and employment readiness program offering opportunities for teenagers to engage in fun and meaningful work at the Thinkery, preparing them for future endeavors. This post was authored by two of our fantastic volunteens, Amir & Josh! Thanks for the great writeup & fun weekend activity, Amir … Continued

Halloween Hootenanny Costume Contest

Halloween Hootenanny Costume Contest

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It’s October, and as we gear up for our Halloween Hootenanny on Oct. 31, we’re giving out tickets with a costume contest! Submit a photo of your (family-friendly) group or individual costumes to us through Facebook (share in the comments of … Continued

Volunteen Guest Post: Make a Shoebox Organizer

Volunteen Guest Post: Make a Shoebox Organizer

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Volunteen is our youth volunteer and employment readiness program offering opportunities for teenagers to engage in fun and meaningful work at the Thinkery preparing them for future endeavors. This post was authored by one of our fantastic volunteens, Sally! Thanks for the great writeup & fun weekend activity, Sally!  … Continued

You Are Never Too Old for Camp!

You Are Never Too Old for Camp!

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This summer over 90 volunteers contributed over 1,100 hours, to help out at over 55 Thinkery summer camps.  In addition to generous community members and neighbors who volunteered their time and talents, we also received volunteer support from several organizations: … Continued

Let’s Make a Shark

Let’s Make a Shark

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It’s Shark Week, and at the Thinkery we’re celebrating these awesome creatures in a number of our galleries! Today on the blog, one of our Volunteens, Eli put together some fascinating shark facts, along with a step-by-step guide to make your own … Continued