Maker Space Build-Along: Stick-eometry! Video Only

by  Playful Engineers

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Using pencils, tape and rubber bands, students make their own kinetic toys that transform from triangles to trapezoids, and from to pentagons, pentagrams, and square-bottom pyramids! Advanced options include cubes, dodecahedrons, and other amazing shapes!

This is a hands-on workshop experience, in which students can work at their own pace, but you also have the opportunity to pause the video so students can catch up. Jay demonstrates how he constructs these fascinating geometric kinetic toys, and discusses their relevancy to practical geometry. Most students should have successfully completed a working model by the end of the class. Please allow time and space during and after, for students to share their skills and knowledge with each other.

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Multipoint: $100.00
Multipoint Premium: $100.00
View Only: 100.00
View Only Premium: $100.00
Point to Point: $100.00
Point to Point Premium: $100.00
By Request: $200.00
By Request Premium: $200.00

1 class is $100.
All day for multiple classes is $200, listed as 'by request'.
Please consider the live-streamed version of this program, also available here on CILC.


30 minute video

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

Minimum participants:


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Primary Disciplines

Mathematics, Sciences, STEM Crafts

Program Delivery Mode

Delivered from a video platform by password

Booking Information

Completely flexible. You book the date and time/s, and we make the video available to you to view during that time.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

24 hours prior for cancellation

About This Provider

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Playful Engineers

Amherst, MA
United States

As a teaching artist/engineer, maker/tinkerer, musician, recording artist, and educator, Jay Mankita has worked with kids and families for over 30 years. His workshops and presentations are experiential and inspiring. Jay is a life-long learner, with a passion for engineering, especially using repurposed toys and household objects. 

Jay has presented thousands of STEM related, hands-on programs since 2015. Jay is also a touring musician, a Parents' Choice Award winning recording artist, and a songwriter with songs that have traveled the world.

Jay Mankita

Program Details


per student:
5 unsharpened pencils
3 standard (flat) rubber bands
10 pieces of masking tape, appx 4 inches each.


This class is delivered by video. We encourage teachers to scan through the video before class to clarify materials needs and program format.

Teaching artist Jay Mankita demonstrates how he plays with stick-eometry toys that he has constructed, sharing relevant tie-ins with geometry, and mechanical engineering principals. Students should already be prepared with the materials they need to make their own. (see materials list). Step by step construction follows. Students who 'get it' right away are encouraged to share their skills and knowledge with classmates during the session, and afterwards too, as some students may not have finished the activity before the session ends.