Learning science and math can be great fun and isn’t limited to the classroom.
That’s the message from Makersville, a Long Beach nonprofit that has been offering free and affordable craft and science courses for several years. But last year, organizers struggled with pandemic logs and decided to temporarily close their Shoreline Village location.
Courses were still offered online last year, but this week organizers announced that the physical location – called Makerspace by the Sea – has reopened, but with some adjustments to keep the room COVID-19 friendly.
“We’re constantly evolving, so creating classes that are socially distant and consider the pandemic is only part of our evolution,” said Patricia Tsoiasue, founder of Makersville.
At Makerspace By The Sea, parents can register their children for both sewing and LEGO courses. In the sewing class, students will learn how to use a sewing machine safely, making face masks, aprons, dolls and more. The cost is $ 10 per class and all materials are included.
The LEGO class teaches students how to build Ferris wheels and other Long Beach gadgets and landmarks while learning the basics of technology. The cost is $ 20 for a minimum of two students.
Tsoiasue said the COVID-19 guidelines will be followed as recommended by the CDC. This means that all participants have to wear masks and keep social distance.
For people who want to keep studying at home, Makersville offers a variety of online courses.
This virtual class takes place every second Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. Students learn how to build buildings in the Minecraft computer game and learn the basics of coding. The next class is on March 13th.
Students must already have the Minecraft Java Edition on their computers, which is available for download from the Minecraft website.
Lego Play takes place on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. online via Zoom.
At this free event, Zoom gets creative with pieces of Lego. While the event is free, attendees must register in advance as attendance is limited.
Tutoring for high school, middle school, and elementary school students in all core classes, including English, math, science classes, and Mandarin Chinese.
Prices vary between $ 40 and $ 60 an hour. However, lower-cost options are available for low-income residents. Go to Makersville.net/Tutoring.