Innovation Station

The Innovation Station is a platform to engage children and families in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) through innovative, hands-on learning experiences. It is a space where kids create, make, discover, investigate, and invent. The space gives kids a chance to apply problem-solving skills, test and revise their ideas, experiment, collaborate, and have fun.

Innovation Station Hours

MakerSpace hours:
Thursday - Friday: 10am-12pm 
Saturday - Sunday: 2pm-4pm

Instructor-led STEAM Programming:

Saturday: 10am-12pm

Self-Guided STEAM Activities:
Always available


The Innovation Station consists of a science lab and a maker space. What is a maker space? The Maker Space allows children and families to use real tools and materials to design, make, tinker and create projects on their own. Kids can take stuff apart and learn the inner workings of machines, build and make cool things, and just experiment and explore.

Check out all the great activities happening in the Innovation Station. Visit our online home and follow along on our making adventure!

Monthly Special Event Days

December: Elves' MakeShop
January: National Blood Donor Month & National Braille Literacy Month 
February: American Heart Month & National Children's Dental Health Month 

Physics Days

ISU Faculty, Dr. Jay Ansher and students will provide hands-on demonstrations, experiments and more on new topics each month!

Thursday, December 7: Physics of Toys
A lot of science can be found in sports and toys. The ISU Physics Club does more than just study; they also like to play! They will bring some of their favorite toys along, so come and see what scientific concepts there are in their design and use on Physics Day!  

Thursday, January 25: Machines and Circuits 
Electricity and motors can be built into machines that will do almost any task you need. The ISU Physics Club will bring some demonstrations and equipment to show how these devices can be put together and the relationship between electricity and motion. 

Thursday, February 15: States of Matter
Ice melts. Water boils. We see familiar substances change states nearly every day, but different materials will freeze, melt, boil or condense at different temperatures. The ISU Physics Club will explore different states of matter with some hands-on demonstrations and show you that there is more to our universe than just solids, liquids, and gas! 

Growing Up Wild

Master Naturalists are members of our local community that love nature! The mission of the University of Illinois Master Naturalist Program is to provide science-based educational opportunities that connect people with nature and help them become engaged environmental stewards. These activities will help children connect with nature and develop an appreciation for our world’s limited natural resources.

Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

November 30- Terrific Turkeys!  Learn about wild turkeys. 
December 14 – Tracks!: children explore animal tracks and make and compare tracks of their own.

Check back in March for new programming!