Thanks in part to a generous donation by Darien-based Ring’s End Inc, children are tinkering, creating and making all school year long at Norwalk’s Stepping Stones Museum for Children. The popular Mega Making exhibit returned to the museum in September, blending learning and play in a hands-on manner that celebrates the creativity in children. Featured at Stepping Stones during the summer months in 2015 and 2016, the expanded, new-and-improved Mega Making experience is being hosted until Labor Day during this stint at the museum to allow school groups to put their students’ building and making skills to the test during school visits. In addition to the important support provided by primary sponsor Ring’s End, the Mega Making exhibition was also made possible by the generosity of supporting sponsor First County Bank.

“Stepping Stones Museum is a wonderful asset to the community that we are proud to support,” said David Campbell, President and Chief Executive Officer at Ring’s End, Inc. “It’s great to see children using real materials and tools and taking a hands-on approach to learning in the Mega Making exhibit."

The Mega Making experience is organized into a four main areas: art, textile, construction/woodworking and book nook/future ideas.

Staff members will be there to help, whether its practicing using wrenches and screwdrivers, taking apart a used computer keyboard, tinkering with batteries and buzzers or picking out the perfect artist medium.

“We want to lay the foundation for lifelong curiosity and innovation,” said Kim Kuta Dring, director of learning and experience.  

Making, at its core, is the act of creating something. The current "Maker Movement" in the United States is working to inspire students to become creators of learning rather than passive consumers of learning. Mega Making takes a constructivist approach to learning by giving adults, children and students the freedom, materials, tools, and support to build 21st Century skills.

For more information on Mega Making, visit www.steppingstonesmuseum.org/MegaMaking.