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.

Regular Hours

MakerSpace Hours:
Sunday: 2-4 p.m.

Instructor-led STEAM Programming:
Saturday: 10 a.m.-noon

Self-guided STEAM Activities:
Always available during regular museum hours

About the Maker Space

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.

Physics Days

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

Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: FREE with paid museum admission

Family Programs: STEAM Challenge Workshops

Ages: Grades K-5 plus adults
Cost: $36 Members / Museums for All
$41 Non-Members

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! 

  • This is a parent/child program.
  • Please review our Policies and Procedures, including our current masking policy.
  • Classes will be limited to 5 parent/child pairs and need a minimum of 2 parent/child pairs to run.
  • Programs are designed for a child and caregiver to attend and enjoy activities together