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Choose from a spectacular, fulldome show in state-of-the-art Sudekum Planetarium; hands-on, interactive, science exhibits; or one of our award-winning programs like daily Science Live! demonstrations, 3D Printing Workshops, ScienceQuest Camps, Science Cafes, and other special events.

  800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville, TN 37203

 OPEN DAILY: Mon-Sun, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 CLOSED: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and September 4 - 5, 2019 for annual maintenance.

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Innovation Incubator

Meet the future of makerspaces

The Innovation Incubator (or I2) is Adventure Science Center’s permanent, high-tech makerspace where visitors can dream up an idea and watch it come to life! We recently moved to a brand new, bigger and better space on the first floor, right next to soundBox - come visit us!

I2 technology

  • Laser cutter
    This tool allows the user to make precise cuts for a design from a given material using a CAD (computer-aided design) to guide it.
  • 3D printer
    This tool uses digital information from the computer to create a 3D object; this process is also known as additive manufacturing.
  • Vinyl cutter
    This tool controls the movement of a sharp blade to cut shapes and letters from sheets of thin, self-adhesive plastic.

CoLab

Every day from 1 - 3 p.m.

Drop in and explore the incredible Itechnologies with our makerspace educators, included with general admission. Guests of all ages can enjoy the chance to get a taste of coding, 3D printing, circuitry, design and more!


 

Step into the Innovation Incubator (I2) to explore high-tech maker tools while dreaming up incredible ideas and watching them come to life! We're constantly working to provide new I2 Maker Labs that not only get you excited about learning STEM concepts, but also give you free reign to exercise your creative mind.

Please note: I2 Maker Labs are add-on experiences, requiring the purchase of general admission tickets or a membership to participate.

Programs are subject to change.

Register for upcoming labs here

Pricing:

$15/workshop for members
$20/workshop for nonmembers

Upcoming Maker Labs

 

Print It: Build-A-Bot Workshop

Maker Program
Ages 8+

Step into our Build-a-Bot Workshop to explore 3D printing technologies! This lab will help you learn more about TinkerCAD as you design your own robot for printing.

Thursday 8/22 at 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Print It: Become an Action Figure!

Maker Program
Ages 8+

Become the superhero you always knew you were! Explore 3D printing technologies as you learn how to 3D scan yourself using a "hacked" Kinect, and use 3D software to create an action figure avatar of yourself to 3D print.

Thursday 8/29 at 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Saturday 8/31 at 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

 

 



The Science of Fiber

Community Workshop Series - courtesy of Aroha Vitality Arts
Ages 55+
Price: Free

This upcoming 8-week workshop series will give participants a chance to learn the science behind creating and working with natural fibers and textiles. From understanding the basics to crafting a piece of fiber art from start to finish, this workshop series will give you a chance to create with textiles.

An example of natural-dyed wool.

Science of Fiber instructor, Justin Near.
Photo Credit: Brandon Spivey

Workshop Outline:

  • Session 1 - The Basics of Fiber
  • Session 2 - Natural Dyeing
  • Session 3 - Indigo Dyeing
  • Session 4 - The Textile Cycle and Sweater Unraveling
  • Session 5 - Color Theory, Blending, and Spinning Prep
  • Session 6 - Spinning
  • Session 7 - Weaving
  • Session 8 - Finishing your project
Register for free here

 

Future Programming

MakerLabs

MakerLabs

August 2019 - June 2020 (1 - 2 hours each)

Introduces guests to 2D to 3D design, 3D printing, laser cutting and CNC, fabrication and more. Guests will learn the basics of maker processes and machines and will walk away with a tangible or digital product.

Age 8 to adults

$15 members and $20 for non members (not included with general admission)

Deep Dives

Deep Dives

September 2019; January, April & June 2020 (four consecutive classes, once per week; 2 hours each)

These "deep dives" into one topic will go more thoroughly into a maker process or skillset and may be taught by an outside expert. 

Age 12 to adults

$75 for members and $100 for nonmembers (not included with general admission)

Member Machine Certifications

Member Machine Certifications

2019 - 2020 (3 hour courses good for 6 months of certification)

Members can attended certification courses in order to become trained to use select machinery in the makerspace.

Age 18+

$40 for members

STEAM-K

STEAM-K

Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 (one class; 1 hour each)

STEAM-K is designed to teach safety, basic skills and coding to younger makers and build their vocabulary and literacy over time.

Age 5 - 7

$6 for members and $8 for nonmembers (not included with general admission)

Aroha

Aroha

Fall & Winter 2019; Spring 2020 (eight consecutive classes, once per week)

These 8 week classes funded by the Aroha Foundation will explore the science of fabric, sound and clay for seniors in the community. Classes will be capped at 12 students and taught by outside experts.

Age 55+ 

Maker Camp

Maker Camp

Fall Break 2019; Spring Break 2020; Summer 2020 (5 daily classes in one week sessions)

These camps for students in during Davidson County holiday breaks will include themes like Armor Camp, CodeCraft and 3D printing. Each camp will be limited to 12 campers to ensure quality time with equipment and concepts.

Age12 -18 

$500 per student for members and $550 per student for nonmembers

Maker-in-Residence

Maker-in-Residence

Year-round

These experiences bring in community makers to demonstrate maker processes and techniques to visitors. They will answer questions about their craft and may give hands-on demos.

All ages

Included in general admission

This space was made possible by
memorial-foundation-logo     CarMax

 

We will be closed for annual maintenance on Wednesday, September 4 and Thursday, September 5 to make sure your next adventure is amazing!

800 Fort Negley Blvd. Nashville, TN 37203
615-862-5160
Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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