The Saturday Thing

Where: UAF Bunnell Building - Rm 302

Next Saturday Things: 

Mar 28th : Introduction to fiberglass construction Create complex objects out of foam and fiberglass. Use a hot wire to cut foam, and overlay them with a coat of fiberglass.

Apr 4th: National Robotics week! In Celebration of the 6th annual robotics week, come learn about the ever-evolving world of robots!   From basic fundamentals of motor control and  giving a machine the ability to sense and react to the world around it, come get a hands-on experience in robotics! We supply tools, parts, and a smidgen of organization. You bring your curiosity!
Apr 18: How do airplanes work??  You might not think of it when you see an airplane in the sky, but a flying airplane is a phenomenal feat of balance. Learn about the fundamentals of fixed-wing flight, learn about and cut your own airfoils, and make a glider!

What time: 10:00 AM -2:00 PM

The Saturday Thing is driven by the imagination. It is a place for unstructured learning in a relaxed and supportive environment.  It is an informal community of learners who like to have fun, tinker, and be creative with science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). We never know exactly what we will be doing, but projects and activities of all kinds are encouraged.

The ASRA Saturday Thing is primarily geared toward middle and high school ages, but anyone can participate and bring in project ideas. Older kids and adults can act as volunteers, mentors, role models, and elders. Parents must be present if a child is 12 or younger. 

Inspired by Ed Moriarty at the MIT Edgerton Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the ASRA Saturday Thing has included a range of projects, such as liquid light, robotics, and stained glass. 

The Saturday Thing is free.

For more information, please contact Patrick Dewane ( or Laura Conner  (

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