The Maker Studio reopens its doors to budding young scientists

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Today marked the grand reopening of Maker Studio at the East Lansing Library. The Maker Studio is a place where budding young scientists can put their skills to the test. Dozens of families got together to learn about different technologies and got their hands on a few experiments.

The studio temporarily closed due to the pandemic, but is now back. The studio is part of the library’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) program.

“You know, curious minds have a kind of hunger to learn about the world, to experiment, and to enjoy the joys of science and technology,” said STEAM educator Eric Berling.

From robots to chemical reactions, Maker Studio gives kids a chance to think and work like a scientist.

“There’s a kind of thirst for you curious minds to learn about the world, to experiment, and to enjoy the joys of science and technology,” Berling said.

Experts say STEAM-based learning is more than developing practical skills. It also provides tools and methods for exploring new, creative ways to solve problems.

The pandemic has put a pause on all the fun at the studio and now it’s back. The parents said it was time.

“Oh my God, I’m so glad the world is back to normal. They missed it like practical stuff,” said mother, Megan Drouare.

“I think it’s wonderful because they’re already into this stuff and now they’re starting to understand how it works and getting down to business,” said parent Abby Bhatt.

Berling said an open mind leads to a world of endless possibilities and he is grateful to be part of this program.

“Children are very active learners. They’re very curious by nature most of the time and that’s really the root of science, so that curiosity that creativity experiments and fiddles with things and sees what happens. I am thrilled to be able to share my passion for science and for learning and share it with the next generation,” said Berling.


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