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Please welcome Boston-based artist David Yann Robert as the Maker Lounge's newest Maker in Residence. Robert is currently an exhibiting artist in Branching Out: Trees as Art in the Art & Nature Center and co-founder of the Center for Children's Speculative Design, a nonprofit that promotes the scholarly study, documentation and active involvement of children's ideas in the design process of alternate futures.

During his six-week residency at PEM, visitors to the Maker Lounge will have the opportunity to create new designs and make prototypes for the traveling exhibition Speculative Lifeforms. The original Speculative Lifeforms designs were created by school children in the Boston area and in Russia, and have been exhibited at the International Conference on Social Robotics 2014.

During April School Vacation Week, Robert will share secrets for eavesdropping on the inner life of a tree.


Experience a dynamic new space at PEM

The Maker Lounge is dedicated to creativity and innovation through hands-on exploration with technology, materials and ideas. It builds on PEM's tradition of bringing together new and inspiring objects from around the world and celebrating creative expression through human ingenuity.

Tackle a design challenge or tinker with all kinds of materials from circuits to cardboard saws. New programs are being developed for teens and adults including monthly 3-D printing workshops, demonstrations by visiting artists, scientists, engineers and other creatives -- including collaborators from MIT Media Lab, for example -- and cool maker programs for teens. Both energizing and relaxing, the space includes ambient music, iPads and universal phone chargers.

Stop by, hang out and let your creativity fly.

The Maker Lounge is open during regular museum hours and for select special events and public programs.

Photo above: © Kathy Tarantola, Peabody Essex Museum