STEM science, specifically Engineering Practice; Cause and Effect; Forces & Motion


Playful Engineers Online!

Rube Goldberg-inspired virtual workshops, assemblies, and residencies

with teaching artist Jay Mankita




K-2, 3-5, Middle school


Visual Arts


Science, The Arts


Single Virtual Assembly: $600 Two Virtual Assemblies: $900. Virtual Assemblies can be 40-60 minutes, and can be whole school, or divided by age range.

Virtual Building Workshops: $300 per session These workshops can be classroom size or smaller.

Residencies: $200 per workshop. Minimum of 4 workshops.

Dates Available


Program Theme

STEM science, specifically Engineering Practice; Cause and Effect; Forces & Motion

Program Description


1)  To engage children through in hands-on, thought-provoking, open-ended STEAM explorations through play.

2)  To reinforce the fundamentals of engineering practice, the core discipline of force and motion, and the cross-cutting concepts of scale, and cause and effect.

3)  To highlight the values of learning through trial and error, persistence, and reflective, formative assessment.

4)  To help foster a flexible and equitable learning environment in which students and their families can engage in the virtual space individually, as well as together with their peers, teachers, and families.

Students (and their families) can prep for the live session with tutorials and demonstration videos provided. They gather toys, household materials, and common tools for constructing their own chain reactions, at their own pace, and at their own level (of age, skill, patience, access to materials, etc…)

Pictures and videos are encouraged; participating families may choose to upload progress pics and video for inclusion in the group presentation (Only pics and videos that don’t clearly identify children will be shared.)

Live Streamed Session/s
We bring it all together through live online, virtual workshops and assemblies, with Zoom, Google, Webex, or the platform of your choice. Session length is flexible, and includes virtual tours of Jay’s maker space, a presentation of student progress when applicable, pre-recorded video and slides, and of course, live demonstrations.

Follow-up work
Students and families can continue uploading and engaging through more Playful Engineers interactive activities with their teachers after Jay’s visit/s

A recording of the virtual sessions can be shared with students who miss the meeting, or just for review.


(413) 627-3145


310 Montague Rd
Amherst, MA 01002

Associated Acts/Performances

Jay Mankita, is also a performing artist, and presents virtual classroom and assembly concerts.

More information at Jay’s other site,

Eat Like A Rainbow – a musical nutrition concert

Home Sweet Home – musical ecology concert

Playful Engineers Traveling MakerSpace (will be available again post-pandemic)


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