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Time Machine at Marinovators
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We presented our Time Machine at Marinovators 2017, an annual showcase for young makers in Marin County.

Our Time Machine was created by the Maker Art class taught by Fabrice Florin and Edward Janne at the Lycée Français in Sausalito in winter 2017. Our 4th and 5th graders designed and built their own scenes from the past, present and future — from the age of dinosaurs to the 50th century. This interactive art exhibit combines art, technology and storytelling — using Arduino, motions, lights and sounds.

Many of our students and their parents were on hand to demonstrate this innovative after-school project to dozens of visitors of all ages. Everyone seemed to enjoy their experience, and it was a great opportunity for the kids to get the recognition they deserve. This innovative after-school project helps children develop their creative and collaborative skills — and the confidence that they can help change the world.

We hosted this exhibit with Tam Makers, our makerspace in Mill Valley, where many of the artifacts for the Time Machine were fabricated, based on the children’s designs. We also invited visitors to make their own Tam Makers badges with LEDs, laser cut shapes, and color markers. They created some ingenious badges, and wore them proudly at the show.

It was a great way to celebrate art and science and encourage children to build a better world.

Marinovators took place on Saturday, April 22, from 10am to 3pm, at the College of Marin in Kentfield. Our Tam Makers booth was in Room #245 in the new Academic Center.

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Desert View Watchtower Level 2 murals before the start of conservation work, July 23, 2015. NPS Photo by Michael Quinn

Grand Canyon National Park is working with area tribes and art experts to restore the Fred Kabotie murals and the rock art images, painted by Fred Geary, which have been damaged by water. The first phase of the project is being funded through a grant from American Express obtained by Grand Canyon Association.This grant will help with the evaluation, documentation and testing process that is a critical component of all historic preservation projects. The park intends to preserve the murals while remaining true to Mary Colter’s design. Over the next year, a conservation specialist will analyze and restore the murals with the help of students participating in an intern training program.

On January 1, 2015, the Watchtower was purchased from the concessionaire managing it and designated a National Park Service building. NPS plans to return the Watchtower to its intended purpose, as a tribute to the Native American tribes who have cultural ties to Grand Canyon. The park is moving forward with plans to restore the tower to reflect Mary Colter’s original vision for the building.Visitors first enter through the large, open Kiva Room. Until recently, this room was filled to capacity with a large gift shop. The gift shop has since been removed from the rotunda and reduced to a much smaller footprint. The new Grand Canyon Association Park Store fits into the original space Colter envisioned for a gift shop: a corner off to the side of the rotunda. All the proceeds support the park.

Originally the Watchtower was designed as a space where visitors could see Native American craft demonstrations by weavers and basket makers. The park will bring Native American artists back into the space to share tribal traditions, dances, songs, skills, art and oral histories with the public. The park is also considering turning the old Desert View visitor center into a Native American cultural center.The transformation of the Watchtower back to its original intent is already proving to be a dramatic experience for visitors and park staff.

Unveiling the ‘Pataphysical Slot Machine
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Our ‘Pataphysical Slot Machine was unveiled in public for the first time at the Mill Valley Library on Friday, October 2 at 7pm. This poetic oracle was introduced to a full house that included hundreds of local community members, friends and neighbors. Our team at ‘Pataphysical Studios gave what a friend called "the father of all demos", including a project history, live interactions and artist stories — and a bit of theater. We all had a blast and the audience seemed completely engaged: thanks to all of you who joined us for this memorable occasion! Photos in this set were taken by Fabrice Florin, John Mabey, Fiske Smith and others. This unique art installation will be on display every weekend at the Mill Valley Library in October 2015. Learn more at

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