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MAKERSPACE

What is a makerspace?

Makerspaces are interactive, community-oriented spaces where you can create and learn skills using a variety of different tools and materials.

In the Science Center’s Makerspace you can explore science, technology,
engineering and your creativity!  Our Makerspace will inspire you to be a maker — Play, Imagine, Build, Adapt, Modify, Work Together, and have fun.

Learn a new skill or build something cool by signing up for a workshop in our Maker Classroom! See the schedule below.

Our exhibits include:

  • Air Ball – Play to experiment how wind effects different objects. Then use the materials to create a game to teach to someone else!
  • Float and Fly – Create an object using simple materials and then test it to see if it flies.  Then Adapt your design to make it float!
  • Sail Race – Design a sail using Tinkertoys and fabric and then send it down the racetrack. Can you Modify your sail to beat the best time of the day?
  • Ball Run – Assemble the magnetic pipes to get a ball from start to finish on one side of the ball run. Work Together with others to try and get the ball around all four sides of the cube!
  • Rigamajig – Imagine and Build something larger than yourself using our Rigamajig building materials!

Visit our Maker Garage and Interact with local St. Louis makers!

Classes are designed as family activities for ages 7 and up. Classes are approximately 45 minutes. The age and number of participants varies depending upon the activity.

$8 Members (ages 7-14). $10 non-members*

*Prices are per project and multiple people can work on the same project. 

 

August: Vectored Boats

Work with your family to assemble model boats. These boats will be vector cut from our laser engraver on to sheets of cardboard. Guests will work to assemble the various pieces together to create three dimensional models. Participants will also get a behind the scene peek in the Garage to see our Laser Engraver in action and get a crash course in lasers.

September Class: Zoetropes

Zoetropes are a form of producing pre-film animation. Guests will use black paper and step by step drawn images performing an action. Once these drawings are attached to a circular contraption and rotated, the images will blur together giving the illusion of continuous movement.

October Class: Mimicry Masks

In Celebration of the Omnimax Film “Amazon Adventure,” explore the concept of mimicry in the Natural Kingdom. Mimicry is when a plant or animal of one species that looks like another; like a butterfly that resembles a owl! Create your very own mask based off designs found in nature. These disguises will be prepared by our Silhouette Curio Cutting Tool and embellished by the Maker in you!

November: Scribblebots

Engineer your very own vibration based marking robot. Learn basic circuits using a low voltage motor, wires, and batteries. Find new uses for everyday objects as you personalize your bot. And then watch your machine create wild lines across the table.

Class times

• January 2nd – March 12th: Only 1:30 PM classes
• March 13th – March 24th: 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM classes
• March 25th – May 29th: Only 1:30 PM classes
• May 30th – August 5th : 10:30 AM, 1:30 PM classes, and 5:30 PM Classes on every Thursday in June, July, and on August 3rd
• August 6th – December 18th : Only 1:30 PM classes
• December 19th – December 31st : 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM classes

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