The Craftsman & Apprentice

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Field trips, maker experiences, and more!

Kids have big ideas and goals, too! Bring your class to The Craftsman & Apprentice workshop for a field trip, collaborate with our team to develop enrichment programming at your school or bring us in to facilitate and support your next maker experience. 


Come to The Shop

We will work with you and your team to develop a just right maker experience. Our workshop is the perfect place to explore materials, tools, and techniques. Leave the materials and mess to us. Our light and bright workshop is big enough to fit a class of up to 30 students. Based on your curriculum goals and student needs, we will develop a workshop that aligns to your students' needs and learning targets. We offer 1 hour to multi-day in shop experiences.

 


We'll Come to You

Take the guess work out of your culminating project or maker experience. We'll take care of supplies, tools, safety equipment, mess mitigation, and workshop facilitation. You focus on all the million other things you have on your teacher plate. 

Enrichment

We love to work with schools, libraries, and non-profits to provide hands-on, creative educational opportunities for kids during and after school. Reach out and let's connect on how we can bring The Shop Model to your organization. 

Bring in a Expert

We have great relationships with master craftspeople from all walks. From beekeepers, to designers, to slow food experts, we work with community stakeholders to develop programming and events that connect kids to our most valuable local resource; people who know their stuff. 

Ready to get started? Let's talk. We're here to help. 


Project Exemplars

2nd Grade Simple Machines

Both Polaris Elementary and Downtown Denver Expeditionary School have brought their second grade classes to the shop for this fun half day maker experience. We challenge students to utilize their understanding of simple and compound machines to design, build and test their own creations. By using real tools and simple machines throughout the build challenge, students are utilizing their academic vocabulary to describe the function of their tools like hammers, saws, screws, and more. 

 

 

Mini Masons

Mini-masons was taught as an after school enrichment program for students in grades K-1 at Polaris Elementary. In this five week session, students learned all about building with earth materials like clay, concrete, brick, and stone. We examined the history of humans and earth materials, compared structures and material function, and got our hands very dirty. 



Project Menu

TOYS AND PLAY

Rolling Toys
Using a wooden base, wooden wheels and axles, and all sorts of cool junk and wood scrap, makers will design and create their own rolling toy.
Time Commitment: 90 minutes-3 hours

Board Games
Design and create a board game complete with cards, spinners, dice and 3d features. Work through game development, collaboration, and cooperative play.
Time Commitment: 90 minutes-4 hours

Stuffies
Design, cut and sew your own felt stuffie. This project is easy to customize to suit your area of study.
Time Commitment: 90 minutes-3 hours

Junk Robots
This is our all-time most popular project. Customize your junk robot experience to focus on reusing materials, making robots with helpful jobs, or focus on how we use tools and simple machines to make objects of play.
Time Commitment: 90 minutes-2 hours

Mini-Toy Shop
We’ll task makers to design and create their own line of mini-toys along with a catchy name, display, and sales pitch. We’ll culminate the experience with a toy sale where students can “buy” and sell their toys to each other. This workshop is the perfect intersection of design, commerce and collaborative play.
Time Commitment: 90 minutes-6 hours


Trees

Forest Play Place
Students will connect to the trees around them when they design and create their own forest play place. Think tree house dioramas using all sorts of creative materials like tree branches, cardboard, moss and rocks
Time Commitment: 90 minutes-3 hours

Top Five Trees
We’ll custom suit this workshop to your school location. We’ll learn all about how to identify the top five trees growing in your community and consciously collect leaf specimens to create leaf print works of art.
Time Commitment: 90 minutes-2 hours

Shelter Building
We will learn all about how to connect with nature to create a-frame survival shelters using fallen sticks and debris. Full-sized site specific or in-shop mini-shelter build option available.
Time Commitment: 90 minutes-6 hours


Tools and Work

Wooden Junk Robots
Makers will create their own wooden robot buddy using wood scrap and all sorts of cool tools like hammers, screw drivers, and saws. Customize your junk robot experience to focus on reusing materials, making robots with helpful jobs, or focus on how we use tools and simple machines to make objects of play.
Time Commitment: 90 minutes-2 hours

Magnificent Things: Wooden Pencil Holders, Book Boxes
Design a useful and beautiful object that fulfills a need in the classroom. We’ll use wood, hammers, nails and more to make the most magnificent things!
Time Commitment: 90 minutes-3 hours

Toy Boats
A tiny regatta?! Yes, please. We’ll learn all about how to create objects that stay a float in this toy boat challenge. Using wood scrap, a variety of upcycled materials and paints, makers will design and build boats that are able to hold a load of pennies. We’ll even test float them in our baby pool.
Time Commitment: 90 minutes-3 hours

Wooden Tool Boxes
Makers will use cool tools like hammers and nails to create their own cedarwood tool box.
Time Commitment: 90 minutes-3 hours


Birds

Papier Mache Birds/Puppets
Students will flex their expert knowledge of birds by making a life size (or close) custom papier mache or felt puppet replica. Teacher’s choice.

Bird Houses/Feeders
A classic first woodworking project, we’ll learn all about tool safety and how to work in a shop setting. Our cedarwood birdhouses or feeders are simple to assemble and will last for many seasons outdoors.


Pollinators and other insects

Bee Hotels
Did you know that some bees love to burrow? Many native Colorado pollinators lay their eggs and nest in small spaces. A bee hotel is a great way to attract pollinators to your garden. We’ll even learn about cool tools, shop safety and building techniques while we help the planet.

Pollinator-Friendly Plantable Seed Paper
Students will learn about the history of papermaking while they create their own handmade paper using recycled paper shreds and water. We’ll add pollinator friendly flower seeds to make plantable seed paper.

Pollinator-Friendly Seed Bombs
Makers will get their hands dirty and learn all about how to create a seed bomb (a mixture of soil, seeds, clay, and organic fertilizer) that can be tossed anywhere (with permission) that a little patch of pollinator friendly native wild flowers can grow. Each kiddo will make 6 seed bombs.

Papier Mache Insects
Students will flex their expert knowledge of insects by making larger than life custom papier mache or felt puppets. Teacher’s choice.


Simple Machines

Simple Machines Challenge
We’ll explore all the simple machines we use each day in the shop while students design and create their own simple machines. We’ll have a variety of challenge prompts to ignite the imaginations of your artists, architects, inventors, and craftspeople. We’ll build and create with wood, cardboard, and our whole collection of maker materials including our simple machine tool favorites like screwdrivers, hammers and more.

Junk Robots
Makers will create their own wooden robot buddy using wood scrap and all sorts of cool tools like hammers, screw drivers, and saws. Customize your junk robot experience to focus on reusing materials, making robots with helpful jobs, or focus on how we use tools and simple machines to make objects of play.

Marble Runs
Balls and ramps are the perfect jumping point into exploring simple machines. We’ll provide all of the tools, materials and know how to make truly spectacular marble runs. 


Other Options

+ Custom create your maker experience. We will work with you to develop the ideal maker experience for your students.

+ Purchase a project class pack: 

Junk Robots
Rolling Toys
Maker Box (à-la-carte)

Safety Glasses
Aprons
Screw drivers
Hammers
Low-temp hot glue
Saws
Saw boxes
Tempera paint sets
Tempera sticks
Paint brushes
Consumables
Clamps

Screws
Nails
Sandpaper
Wood scrap
Wood glue
Finger protectors 

Wooden wheels and axles
Loose parts (plastic bottle caps, corks, metal bottle caps, pompoms, marbles, various nuts, bolts, and washers)
Loose wooden parts (spools, peg dolls, cubes, squares and circles)
Wood (car bases, robot parts/scrap wood bags, 6x8 bases, ⅛” plywood bases)

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