THE POWER OF TEAMS AT PLAY
If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.
— John Cleese
Do you ever find yourself or your team feeling like you’ve been staring at the same problem for weeks with zero movement? Do you feel like everything you try runs you back into the same wall?
Human beings are creative problem solvers by nature. Have you ever met a 5 year old who isn’t creating something? A tower of blocks, a pillow fort, chalk art on the sidewalk. When we were kids, EVERYTHING could be turned into something else; kitchen utensils became weapons, furniture became islands in a sea of lava, the backyard was a jungle. Do you remember how you played and created as a kid? You were a creative GENIUS!! You still are.
At Seattle Makers, we invite you to play for the sake of playing, build for the sake of building, and breathe new life into that creative force that is naturally within you. Who knows what incredible out of the box solutions you might come up with for that persistent problem that’s been taunting you for weeks.
Now imagine expanding this creative potential to your entire team. Through our team building events, we support you in infusing play and creativity into your team because we know the power of a well-functioning, unstoppable team. Since the beginning of time, teams have been accomplishing the unthinkable: crossing the oceans, mastering flight, traveling to the moon (and back). What will your team create?
If you’re not reaching back to help anyone then you’re not building a legacy.
— Germany Kent
Here at Seattle makers, we love to support people in pursuing their passions. We do this in a variety of ways, through teaching skills to individuals, providing a supportive community to makers, and providing financial support to local organizations. This is where you and your team building event comes in.
We donate 5% of our revenue for each team building event we sell to one of our favorite non profits. At your event, we’ll give you and your team a brief introduction to those non-profits, showcasing why we think they are INCREDIBLE, and you get to choose which one you want to donate the 5% to. We currently support the following organizations:
Native Girls Code – This year-round club for young Native women provides positive role modeling through strong teachers, mentors and program partners. NGC fosters development of a strong identity and resiliency with grounding in traditional knowledge. Their STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) curriculum emphasizes computer coding skills and expands opportunities for healthy futures. Follow Native Girls Code (and their parent organization, the Na’ah Illahee Fund) on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
Key Tech Labs – Founded by twins, Adam and Andrew Powers, and their brother Russell Powers, Key Tech is a non-profit mobile makerspace, bringing emerging technology to underrepresented areas, to help create self-sustainable communities. The brothers teach teach students to program by assessing everyday problems, drafting a solution and prototyping to solve issues themselves, and finally, share their solutions with the world. As issues of systemic racism persist, and gaps in equality and income continue to grow in our society, the Powers brothers seek to find solutions. Follow Key Tech Labs on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
Art With Heart – For over twenty years, Art with Heart has been spreading the healing power of creative expression to kids experiencing trauma or adversity. Their therapeutic activity books for youth, and resources for the adults who serve them transform pain into possibility for young people around the world. This local non-profit is staffed by artists and dreamers, athletes and activists who are passionate about making sure kids have opportunities to express what’s on their minds and in their hearts. Follow Art With Heart on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
Through this 5% donation, we all get to partner in supporting awesome people doing awesome work to support the makers and artists in the world. So thank YOU for buying a team building event and allowing us to give back.
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The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct.
— Carl Jung
Below, you’ll find some examples of things your team could play with together during Seattle Makers’ team building events. We’d love to know what you want to learn or play with; we absolutely adore brainstorming around here, so please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-833-2-MAKE-IT or r fill out this form to offer a suggestion or ask a question. We want to serve you and your team and for you to have a blast!
Raspberry pi arcade
Are you jonesing for a fix of your favorite retro arcade games? Are you looking for a fun challenge to tackle with your friends or coworkers or family? Do you get a thrill at the idea of buy-one-give-one? Do you want to support STREAM (science, tech, reading, engineering, art, & math) education for the youth of Seattle? At our Raspberry Pi Arcade Teambuilding events, you can do all this and more!
You and your team will get to learn and practice a variety of skills as you build and assemble your very own table-top “Pi-cade” that your team can keep at your home, school, or office. Let us know you’re interested here. But wait, there’s more!
Bonus level: We have partnered with the dynamic duo behind Key Tech Labs to bring this table-top gaming console to the children of Seattle. Key Tech is a mobile makerspace that teaches outside the box thinking and applied STREAM skills to middle school students. For each Raspberry Pi Arcade you make with us, we will donate one to Key Tech Labs to assemble with their students. Let us know you’re interested in this event here.
Come learn about 3D printing at the level of detail you’re interested in: Primer, Basic, or Full Certification. You’ll walk away with a 3D printed, darkness activated flashlight that you’ve assembled yourself! Let us know you’re interested in this event here.
Learn the basics of vector design and laser cutting through designing and custom cutting your own glassware. Let us know you’re interested in this event here.
Learn some basic woodworking and electronics AND make a difference! In this event you’ll work to assemble an old style radio designed to make music accessible to people with dementia. Two options are available: 1) paired build of the “cathedral style” radio or, 2) individual build of the “box style” radio. We’ll be donating the radios to a local retirement home so dementia patients can connect with their favorite music. Let us know you’re interested in this event here.
Option 1: paired build of the “cathedral style” radio
Option 2: individual build of the “box style” radio.
In this activity, we custom create a piece of art for you. Each member of your team receives one part of the bigger picture to paint, and then all the pieces are assembled into a larger art piece, like the one below. Let us know you’re interested in this event here.
Size: Collaborative art pieces can be small (the image above is 3’x4′) or be as large as a full wall mural.
Options: Smaller, individual prints can be made available at additional cost.
In this activity, we design a custom puzzle for your team to assemble, like the one pictured below. Let us know you’re interested in this event here.
Size: Maximum puzzle size is 30″x22″. The puzzle shown above is 20″x14″.
Customization: The design can include your company logo or team symbol, and the names of all team members can be etched into individual puzzle pieces.
Display: Once your team has assembled the puzzle, we walk your team through the process of building a frame to display the finished puzzle at your office, or turn the puzzle into the top of a coffee table.
Custom wine boxes are a unique and useful gift – especially if it comes with wine inside. In this activity, your team will build custom wine-boxes together. Let us know you’re interested in this event here.
Customization: Your company logo can be added so you can use your wine box to give wine as gifts to customers or for you to take home and gift to friends.
Note Pad & Pencil/Pen Box
Ready to document your ideas whenever the creative juices start flowing, this handmade box serves double duty, holding both your paper and your writing utensil. Let us know you’re interested in this event here.
Customization: We will laser etch your logo, name, or favorite quote on your box that you sand and assemble.
The sky is the limit when it comes to messages you want to share with the world. Create a sign to advertise your business, or to inspire you in your workplace or at home. Let us know you’re interested in this event here.
Customization: Endless possibilities! Make an individual signs for each team member’s desk, or one big sign for your office. Create a “Keep OUT – Jane’s Room!” sign for the child in your life (or yourself).
Creativity in Movement
Are you sick and tired of sitting all day? Do you want to engage creatively in a way that also gets you up and moving? Let us know you’re interested in this event here.
Let local artist Gabrielle Abbot take your team through a series of fun performance and art exercises that get you moving around, tap into the playful kid in you, and engage your creative side.
Mindfulness Through Drawing
What if learning a single skill could increase your ability to approach problems from a new angle and also deeply relax and take a mental break, enabling you to return to work rejuvenated and with fresh ideas?
Learning how to draw is about learning how to see the world differently. It can also be a form of meditation. When we learn to “see” with an artist’s eye, we also strengthen our mental focus. In this teambuilding event, your team will take on creative exercises from the Fine Art and Buddhist traditions aimed at improving realist drawing abilities. This can be a single workshop or a series, either at Seattle Makers or at your workplace. Let us know you’re interested in this event here.
Bonus: Each individual will get to take home a custom-etched art supply box with the supplies you’ll need to start your own drawing practice at home!
Sketchbooking Outside the Box
Do you keep a journal or sketchbook at work or at home to track all your creative ideas? Learn how to take that to the next level using collage, printing, textiles and painting, we’ll create multi-layered pages of beautiful art. You’ll come away with new skills that you can practice wherever your sketchbook takes you. Let us know you’re interested in this event here.