Max Nishimura

Max Nishimura joined reDiscover's board in 2020. Max is a Southern California native, born and raised in Orange County, California. After earning his B.A. in Sociology from UC Berkeley, Max served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at Maker Guilds, a local Los Angeles nonprofit that brought STEAM and Making opportunities to underserved communities. After...

Nico Palermo

Meet the Facilitators – Nico Palermo

Nico Palermo loves kids, and they love him. Perhaps reDiscover's most sought after Facilitator, Nico builds instant rapport with tinkerers with his infectious enthusiasm, goofy humor, and authentic interest in every child he works with. Nico started with reDiscover as a high school intern in the earliest days of Tinkering Camp and has continued...

The Tools We Use

reDiscover has 10+ years experience putting powerful tools in the hands of kids ages 7-12. We've tried out countless hand and power tools for cutting, joining, and finishing materials for maker projects. Our criteria for a recommended tool are: Is it safe? Is this tool well built, stable, solid, unlikely to be damaged, dulled,...

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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...

Teacher Resources

reDiscover provides professional development and support to PreK-12 teachers to integrate making, tinkering, and creative reuse materials into classroom activities, across the curriculum. This page provides a selection of resources from our professional development workshops.   From Maker to STEM Activity Analysis Worksheet- for teachers with existing maker activities who seek to add STEM...

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