DIY Weekend: You're never too young to be a maker

From resurrecting old toys to building a full-on flight simulator, young San Francisco Bay Area makers strut their skills while building a maker community for the next generation.

At yesterday's Open Make event, young makers learn that one man's junk is another man's sculpture. Seth Rosenblatt/CNET

What do you get when you mix a bunch of creative kids with copper wire, glue guns, and dead toy parts? Roller-skating bears and a Two-Hump Wump, to name just a few things.

More than 500 families registered for yesterday's Open Make at San Francisco's hands-on Exploratorium science museum. The event, a collaboration between the Exploratorium, Make magazine, and Pixar Animation Studios, was aimed at giving young makers a forum for learning new skills, collaborating with peers, and showing off their talents.

Open Make will take place once a month through April. Yesterday's theme was toys, with young tinkerers building scribbling machines and kinetic contraptions from wire, perfecting tricky tops, and creating cool-looking art with kaleidoscopes. Click on the gallery below to see the next generation of makers at work.

To share your DIY project, simply e-mail a description of 350 words or less, including all the geeky ins and outs of your invention, plus relevant links and photos, to crave at cnet dot com. Please put DIY Weekend in the subject line.

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