Sparks & Makeshift Workshops
Inspired by the “Makerspace” movement that has spread into museums, across the country, our Sparks and Makeshift workshops support learning in an informal, play-focused environment that cultivates an interest in science, technology and design using new technologies and basic tools. These spaces offer scheduled activities where visitors can discover their inner-engineer with no limits except your curiosity and creativity. Sparks is designed to inspire families with younger children while Makeshift is for more in-depth exploration.
Join us for facilitated workshops on select weekends of the month:
Sparks Saturday Workshops
All programs run from 12-1:30pm OR 2-3:30pm.
March 8 & 9: FREE Sparks Workshop all day!
March 22: Sumerian Cylinder Seals
March 29: Ink Wash Painting
April 5: Nano Art
April 12 & 13: FREE Sparks Workshop all day!
April 26: Egyptian Art
Makeshift Weekend Workshops
All programs run from 2-3pm.
March 29 & 30: Mousetrap Vehicles How much energy does a spring have? Find out when we turn that energy from a basic mousetrap into a small model car. This classic project appeals to all ages and extra parts will be available to modify your creation.
April 12 & 13: Nanotechnology Find out more about Nano Days with activities throughout the museum, and more in depth hands-on activities for your young scientists to explore in the Makeshift Workshop. Learn more by visiting whatisnano.org.
April 26 & 27: Egg Drop Wondering what to do with those left over hard boiled eggs? Come construct a vehicle that will survive a 12-foot drop! Will your egg survive the fall? Learn about the design process and construction methods as you prepare your little egg for its trip. Hard boiled eggs will be provided, guests do not need to bring their own.
Makeshift Open Hours