Workshop Descriptions

The Big Bad Wolf

Dont let the "big bad wolf" blow the house down! Team "Building" at its best! We will begin with a couple of team-building ice breakers and then form teams to create a shelter of newspaper and duct tape. Teams of 4 consisting of the "big bad wolf" and the "3 little pigs" will BUILD a shelter out of newpaper and duct tape that must house the "3 little pigs." Once constructed, the wolf will try to "blow" the house down! In addition, learn all about The Brain Station, the new makerspace, at the Milford Public Library! Amy Edwards, Volunteer Coordinator Milford Public Library’s The Brain Station - Milford, CT

Game On!

Create and play games. Mix strategy, art, invention and practice. There are games that you can play by yourself; there are games that require an opponent. There are games that require mostly strategy; games that require practiced hand skills. Start by building a strategy game that has been developed by long tradition: for example – Nine Mens Morris, Alquerque, Fox and Geese, or the Towers of Hanoi. Construct a traditional dexterity (hand skill) game. For example – Pigs in Clover, Rebound, or Finger Twister. Decorate it, learn its rules and play. Eli Whitney Museum – Hamden, CT

Engineering with LEGO

Power up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO®! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as arch bridges, skyscrapers, motorized cars, and the Battletrack! Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. An experienced instructor will challenge new and returning students to engineer at the next level. Dawn Spatta, Play-Well TEKnologies

Your Amazing Brain

Your brain only weighs 3 pounds but controls all of your thoughts, senses, and emotions! In this workshop, we will use hands-on brain activities and games to learn about the brain and behavior. We will explore how scientists study the brain, how brain cells communicate, and what different parts of the brain do. Alecia Dager, Asst. Professor of Psychiatry Yale University – New Haven, CT

DoSo Guitar

The DoSo is a 3-string guitar that provides an opportunity to play and sing popular music from diverse cultures. We engage young children with easy-to-play upbeat music from around the world, and we keep them engaged by offering a life-long opportunity to make music in a social dance band! David Mills, Instructor Neighborhood Music School – New Haven. CT

Speed Readers Theater

Reader’s Theater requires no elaborate scenery or fancy costumes—you don’t even have to memorize the lines! Let’s collaborate and work as a team to bring fun children’s books to life. You get to be playwright, the director and the actor! Suzanne Harrison-Thomas, Children’s Director Milford Public Library – Milford, CT

Moves and Grooves

Students will do group movement activities to engage with themselves and the space to understand the art of getting and giving energy through dance. The workshop culminates in learning dance moves for a routine to a dance song from one of today’s popular artists. Taylor Rose, Dance Instructor Arts in CT Corp – Milford, CT

Whats My Story? Practicing Presentation Skills

Public speaking is a skill with life-long benefits. This workshop uses storytelling as a comfortable and fun way to help kids present their ideas and persuade others with charisma and confidence. Edward Faruolo and Roseanne Azarian VitaLincs, LLC – Milford, CT

Jewelry for Juniors

Explore the Art of Jewelry making. Learn how to use colorful beads to create one of a kind bracelet and earrings. Use what is learned to make special and unique gifts. You would not want to miss this! Marcie Wright Jewelry Craftsperson - Milford, CT

MISSION: Break Out!

A variation on the popular escape room phenomenon comes to Minds In Motion! Work as a team to solve mind-bending puzzles and crack crazy codes. This challenge will sharpen your abilities to think critically, creatively and collaboratively — and it’s FUN too! The object is to unlock a mystery box before your time runs out, and to do so, you’ll have to find and solve many clues — forcing you to think both outside and inside the box! Bill Derry, Teacher, Librarian, Innovator - Milford, CT