Makers Studio at Science Center of Iowa

This Summer the Science Center of Iowa is bringing something awesome, to keep your kiddos busy … The Makers Studio!

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Explore the design process in this interactive exhibit space on SCI’s Main Level. Experiment with circuits, create a stop-motion animation video, build and test a flying machine and more!

The Makers Studio features interactive Making stations that focus on the five phases of the “making mindset.”

  • EXPLORE electrical connections with Circuit Blocks
  • DESIGN your own stop-motion movie at the Animation Station
  • BUILD whatever you can imagine from one block of wood—using real tools—in the One Block Challenge
  • TEST & IMPROVE your one-of-a-kind flying creation on our Wind Table
    And more!

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Beginning June 1st, everyday from 1 pm – 3 pm, you can join the makers-in-residence to participate in extended making activities. Here is the list of fun the fun themes!

Fort Makers
June 1-6: Exploring Fort Techniques
Join us daily from 1:00-3:00 pm to explore how different materials and supplies can create different styles of forts!

June 7-13: Open Fort Build
Join us daily from 1:00-3:00 pm to create a giant community fort using the most successful techniques from Week 1!

Reuse, Reduce, UPCYCLE!
June 14-20: Trash Into Treasure
Join us daily from 1:00-3:00 pm to use your imagination to turn someone else’s trash into your very own treasure!

June 21-27: Fashion Transformation
Join us daily from 1:00-3:00 pm to turn old, worn out clothes into new and exciting fashion statements!

Zip, Zoom, BOOM!
June 28 – July 4 – Moving and Crashing
Join us daily from 1:00-3:00 pm to explore physics to find the best way to make a mess, splash or crash! (Plus, it’s Rube Goldberg’s birthday!)

July 5-11 – Zip-Line Racers
Join us daily from 1:00-3:00 pm to create your own zip liner and race your creation down the zip line!

Natural Wonders
July 12-18 – Mythical Woodland Creature Huts
Join us daily from 1:00-3:00 pm to use found and natural materials to create houses for gnomes, fairies, toads and more!

July 19-25 – Art in Nature
Join us daily from 1:00-3:00 pm to create a natural masterpiece using materials from the great outdoors!

Beeps, Blinks & Bots!
July 26 – August 1 – Robots and Hacking
Join us daily from 1:00-3:00 pm to deconstruct old toys to make new ones using motors, batteries and more!

August 2-8 – Circuitry and Conductivity
Join us daily from 1:00-3:00 pm to bring anything to light and life using circuitry and basic conductivity principles!

Noise Garden
August 9-15 – Circuit Bending
Join us daily from 1:00-3:00 pm to learn how to change the “brain” of electronic toys in order to make new sounds!

August 16-22 – Instrumental Creations
Join us daily from 1:00-3:00 pm to build your own noise maker, sound machine or musical masterpiece!

August 23-29 – Open Maker Week
Come MAKE with us! Hang with our Resident Makers as we prepare for the Des Moines Mini Maker Faire! Bring your own supplies or use ours to make a creation to add to our display!

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Another fun and great way the Science Center of Iowa is making sure your kiddos are having fun AND learning this Summer!