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Meet the Facilitators – Orr Herz

Orr Herz is an exhibiting artist who works in a variety of media, from acrylics to ceramics to welding. He's also one of reDiscover's Lead Facilitators, leading camps and classes at reDiscover Center and throughout Los Angeles. Orr is reDiscover's Coordinator for Pasadena-area programming, including our partnership with Los Feliz Charter School for the...

Tinkering is for Middle Schoolers, too

15 years ago, reDiscover was founded to serve preschool and early elementary classrooms with creative reuse materials. 10 years ago, we added Tinkering programs to engage upper elementary kids using those same materials, plus power tools. 4 years ago, we started prototyping programs for middle schoolers, starting with camps for advanced tinkerers. Tinkering is...

Meet the Facilitators: Emma Ramey

Emma Ramey teaches in reDiscover's after school, camp, and festival programs. Great at organizing activities for a room full of kids at a birthday party or patiently working one-on-one with a tinkerer, Emma loves working with kids. A graduate of Cal State LA with a major in Art Education, Emma first got into art...

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Meet the Facilitators: Margaret Starbuck

Margaret knows her stuff. As a technical theater major at UCLA, she mastered carpentry, scenic work, AV, and a host of theater disciplines. Totally unflappable, she loves hearing about the plans of our tinkerers and figuring out with them how to make it into amazing projects. Margaret has been with reDiscover since 2018 involved...

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Meet the Facilitators: Sam Balfus

Sam Balfus connects with children. Wonderfully. A calm and patient teacher who just so happens to be an awesome artist in 2D, 3D, and digital media, Sam has been involved in maker education since 2017. Sam brings enthusiasm to everything he does, lighting up a room and sharing the love. Next time you see...

Community Activities

reDiscover Center’s Community Programs are great for festivals, library and museum events, school fairs, farmer’s markets, and fundraisers. They can easily be modified for private groups like birthday parties. We offer experiential and project based activities that combine art, tinkering, and exploration. All reDiscover activities use creative reuse materials collected from LA businesses and...

Meet the Facilitators: Jenna Ervin

Miss Jenna (as she's known to her students) has coordinated and facilitated the Pali Design Lab since its opening in 2018. A talented camp leader, classroom educator, museum teacher, and maker, she previously worked at Kidspace Children's Museum and Yosemite National Park. Jenna is funny, kind to students and colleagues alike, and widely experienced...

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