Makerspace

About

Imagine, collaborate and create something awesome.

Makerspace is an interactive community-oriented space where you can create and learn skills using a variety of tools and materials. Use your own creativity as you explore science, technology and engineering principles! Get inspired to be a maker. Play, build, imagine, adapt, modify, work together and have fun.

This exhibit is free.

MakerSpace is designed for ages 7 and up, best for multi-generational groups!

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Conversation Stations

As we adapt to new approaches to hands on education, please visit one of our two engagement stations located in the Garage and Classroom. Talk to staff as they demonstrate cutting edge technology or traditional tools. Learn the basics of laser engraving, 3d printing, sewing, carpentry or illustration. Come say “hi” and see what the team is making today.

The Makerspace Shelves

Learn to Play Exquisite Corpse

This fun drawing game uses chance and teamwork to create surreal drawings.

Supplies:

  • Any drawing implements
  • Paper
  • Family and friends

Build Your Own Automaton

An automaton is machine that animates a figure using a hand-crank. Automata have been made for over 2000 years by many cultures. In Greek, the name translates to “acting of one’s own will.”

Supplies:

  • Cardboard
  • Chopsticks or dowels
  • Tape
  • Pencils

Tools: (use with parents’ permission)

  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • X-acto knife
  • Ruler

Cardboard Engineering

Try your hand at a variety of engineering skills using the simplest building material – cardboard! Turn your cardboard into a robot or a creation all your own.

Supplies:

  • Corrugated cardboard

Tools: (use with parents’ permission)

  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • X-acto knife

Create Your Own Rube Goldberg Machine

A Rube Goldberg machine, named after the American cartoonist Rube Goldberg, is a chain-reaction machine that uses purposely overcomplicated methods to accomplish a simple task. You can make your own by creating a series of simple machines like ramps, levers and pulleys!

Supplies:

  • Variety of household objects like cups, string, blocks, wood, foam
  • Ping-pong ball

Maker’s Physically Distanced Programs

Until we can be hands on educators again, we are going to do the next best thing. Through using a repurposed security camera, a monitor and a microphone, our staff will be assisting visitors through our new Physically Distanced Maker Programs. During our programs you can expect a safe, clean space with limited capacity and time to tinker with a hands-on activity.

Upcoming Sessions

Dates and times subject to change

Mon. Nov 29

Monday, November 29

Makerspace: 3D Designing Workshop
2:00 pm
Activities

What’s inside.

Scientific Illustration

Come draw specimens from the Science Center’s collection and test your skill as an observational artist.

Float and Fly

Check out the new and improved materials for our Float and Fly. Experiment with different weights and parachute styles to catch some major air!

Rigamajig

Build crazy contraptions and material literacy as you engineer vehicles, tools, or your very own invention.

Play Partner: Rigamajig

The Science Center is a proud play partner of Rigamajig, whose building sets featured in our Makerspace spark STEAM learning, creativity, confidence, collaboration and problem-solving skills.

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Location

Makerspace is located on the 2nd floor of the main 5050 Oakland Building. Access is available through the main entrance, then up the stairs in the main lobby to the second floor, turn to your left and go passed Mission:Mars.

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Accessibility

Makerspace is accessible to visitors with disabilities, as well as visitors with strollers, scooters, and walkers. Elevators and ramps serve all public areas.

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