Innovation Station

STEAM Challenge Workshops

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STEAM Challenge Workshops
STEAM Challenge Workshops offer parents and children an opportunity to engage in hands-on STEAM based learning and exploration together. Each program consists of instructor led discussion of STEAM principles and various STEAM challenges that parent/child pairs will work together to solve! 

Participants are required to wear a mask for the entirety of the program. Classes will be limited to 5 adult/student pairs. Each program will need a minimum of 2 adult/student pairs to run. P
rograms are designed for a child and a caregiver to attend and enjoy making something together. 

Ages: 
Children in grades K-5 and adult
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $35 Members / Museums for All
          $40 Non-Members 
Cost Beginning June 1:
$36 Members / Museums for All
$41 Non-Members

  • April 21: Recycled Engineering Challenge- Join us as we celebrate Earth Day with a recycled engineering challenge. You and your family will be challenged to build an engineering project using only recycled materials! 
  • May 19: Hydraulic Challenge- We’ll be learning about hydraulics and building our very own hydraulic machine. 
  • June 18: Rube Goldberg Challenge- Have you ever seen Rube Goldberg machines in action? Come learn what Rube Goldberg machines are and take on the challenge of building your very own!
  • July 16: Paper Engineering- What can a simple sheet of paper do? Come and find out! You and your family will be challenged to engineer a structure out of only sheets of paper and make paper move on its own!
  • Aug. 20: Aviation Challenge- Join us as we celebrate Orville Wright's birthday and National Aviation Week! You and your family will learn about the four forces of flight and be challenged to build various copters and flyers. 

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: TBD
Friday: TBD
Saturday:TBD

Instructor-led STEAM Programming:

Saturday: TBD

Self-Guided STEAM Activities:
Always available

Physics Days

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

MakerSpace


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.