Open now – Jan. 7, 2018
INVENT, DESIGN and TINKER at the Discovery Center’s Makerspace, back by popular demand! The exhibit allows guests of all ages to get creative with hands-on activities and challenges.
Enjoy the giant kaleidoscope where visitors can create their own colorful designs, and sewing machines for designing with fabric and other materials. In addition, the mini-maker area has been expanded to include a caterpillar table with activities specifically for the youngest tinkerers.
Check out the following special activities during the last few weeks of the exhibit!
Dec. 23-29: DESIGN – This week is all about design challenges. You’ll be able to participate in challenges like designing a parachute that will save your egg from cracking when dropped from a ladder, designing and building boats from household items that can float, or design your own foam stamps to take home.
Dec. 30 – Jan. 5: TEXTILES – Patterns, patterns, patterns – all sorts of amazing things to sew with our sewing machines. Learn how to make and follow a pattern to create anything from superhero capes to stuffed animals and finger puppets.
Jan. 6 & 7: CIRCUITS – Squishy circuits. Discover how electricity works through play with electrifying dough to test conductivity and insulation of all sorts of creative creatures.
Makerspace also features special hands-on activities throughout the run of the exhibit, including:
- Create a folded paper “thingamajig” and test its flyability at the wind table
- Be a pinball wizard as you construct a pathway for your ball to score points
- Create a work of art and see how it looks through the giant kaleidoscope
- Build a marble coaster and watch the effects of gravity and motion
The Makerspace exhibit is included with general admission and free for members.