Jay Mankita has worked with kids and families for over 30 years. His engineering workshops are experiential and inspiring. His musical concerts are refreshingly positive and fun.

Jay has a strong passion for engineering and making things move, and teaches how he learns - with patience, humor, and lots of room for mistakes!

When he's not engineering, Jay is an award winning and masterful songwriter, guitarist, humorist, and performing artist - a seasoned veteran of the children’s circuit as well as the adult americana/folk scene.

He's a dad, a teaching artist, and a lifelong learner, and tries to live by the same principles he shares in his Rube Goldberg Machine workshops - start with your goal, and work your way backwards. Keep each part simple. Obey the laws of physics. Have fun!