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“Sounds Like…” Workshop for Kids

April 30 @ 9:00 am - May 15 @ 12:00 pm | $500

The Epicenter in collaboration with IFL presents “Sounds Like…” our first workshop for kids!
Ages 8-11
9am -12pm
April 30, May 1, May 14, and May 15

Did you know that it’s possible to see sound? In our “Sounds Like…” workshop we’ll explore different ways of seeing and creating sound, from sound waves in water, to dancing grains of sand, to creating art that reflects sound. 

Students will first be introduced to the ideas of sound waves and vibrational patterns (Day 1). After exploring different patterns, students will be asked to choose their favorite, which they will then use as the basis for creating a design (Day 2). Students will then work with instructors to bring their design to life using the laser cutting machine (Day 3). They will then be given an opportunity to decorate their designs to best reflect the sound they chose (Day 4).

All work will be displayed at IFL on First Friday in June.

“Sounds Like…” will be limited to 10 students. 

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Learning Objectives:

  • To understand the different ways of creating and visualizing sound
  • To learn the basics of laser cutting as a fabrication method
  • To experience the power of technology as a creative means of expression.  Students will use high-tech tools to create a piece of artwork that originated as an idea in their mind

What to Bring:

Curiosity and excitement!

Materials Required:


About the Instructors:

Connor Maliesky has experience in engineering design and serves as the Membership Coordinator at Idea Fab Labs, working to optimize the member and volunteer experience in the space. He also teaches the 3D printing and 3D modeling classes there. Connor has a passion for working with students and an excitement for creative projects that is felt by all, including people who may only know him from the Farmer’s Market.

Allison Paradise holds degrees in neuroscience from Brown and Harvard. Through her previous work in sustainability and now in her most recent work with children, as founder of The Epicenter, Allison has helped thousands of people see their relationship to themselves, each other, and the planet in a new way. Allison has a unique ability to create judgment-free spaces that allow people to connect with their authentic selves.


April 30 @ 9:00 am
May 15 @ 12:00 pm
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Idea Fab Labs Santa Cruz
The Epicenter


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