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  800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville, TN 37203

 OPEN DAILY: Mon-Sun, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 CLOSED: Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

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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.

Upcoming Maker Camp

Maker Camp

In this five-day camp, participants can explore the “What IIF” – Innovation, Iteration, and Fabrication - process by designing and creating a custom suit of cardboard armor.

Monday, October 7 - Friday, October 11
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Pricing: 
Member youth - $500
Nonmember youth - $550

Register here

Camp details:

Day One: We’ll look at how societies throughout time have historically used armor as protective gear and cultural signaling, and how contemporary films create and use props to give life to fictional worlds. As we ideate the physical and social environment of our own imaginary world where our armor protects us, we’ll explore how armor functions and how this imaginary world might influence a unique design. Using this knowledge, we’ll begin to draft out a design for our armor and create a collaborative plan for making our very own suit. Students will leave with a map of the world and their character profile.

Day Two, Three, and Four: We’ll begin the construction process in earnest, working together to create different pieces. Hands-on fabrication leads to hands-on problem-solving as we try on pieces and figure out how to make the imagined into the wearable. We’ll learn techniques used by cosplay artists, costume designers, and set designers to create, age, and customize our suits as we make them. We’ll work with the Adobe Illustrator software to design elements using the lasercutter, and study safe lasercutting practices for cutting cardboard. Students will leave with lasercut samples and some mini-Pepakura props. By Day Four, we’ll finish our suit of armor and add any final decorative touches.

Day Five: Scanning ourselves with the Kinect to create a 3d Model, we’ll place our digital selves in action poses to create an action figurine! Using our own virtual elements in Tinkercad, we’ll digitally build out a scene together, bringing our world to life. Students will take home their pieces of armor, and have a completed figurine printed and shipped to them after the class.


Aroha Vitality Arts: The Science of Sound

Tuesdays, October 15 - December 10
10 - 11:30 a.m.

The Science of Sound is an eight-week course all about sound and music! Students will build their own electronic instrument – learning the basics of soldering, circuits, and rapid prototyping – while exploring the fundamentals of music and composition.

The course is taught by Jesse Rhew, a circuit designer and custom instrument maker, and Aaron Doenges, a composer and interactive sound artist.

It is free to adults who are 55 and better in age, but they must pre-register, as there is only space for 12 students.

Register now

Dates:

  • Oct 15th: Overview and Environmental Sound
  • Oct 22nd: Intro to Electronics and Circuitboards
  • Oct 29th: Sound Recording and Rhythm
  • Nov 5th: Intro to Rapid Prototyping
  • Nov 12th: Intro to 3D Printing and Lasercutting
  • Nov 19th: Atmosphere and Effects
  • (skipping Nov 26 for holiday travel)
  • Dec 3rd: Composition and Construction
  • Dec 10th: Work and Play: Jam Session
  • Showcase Dec 14th, 6 pm to 8 pm, open to the public

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
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