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Innovation Incubator Maker Labs

DREAM IT. DESIGN IT. MAKE IT.

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. From turning yourself into a 3D printed superhero to using fluid dynamics to create incredible marbled art, there's fun for everyone!

Please note: I2 Maker Lab tickets must be purchased in conjunction with membership or general admission tickets. It is only necessary to purchase a lab ticket for participants; accompanying parent, if not participating, does not need to purchase a separate lab ticket. Combination tickets (non-member links) automatically default to the date you're accessing the page, so be sure to click "Other Dates" to ensure you're selecting the correct date. 

 

MAKE IT: Glowing Crystal

Discover how 3D printing and circuitry can work together to create incredible, fabricated objects! This lab will teach you about digital fabrication and its use in manufacturing, provide a tutorial on the Meshmixer software to create a 3D crystal sculpture, and provide hands on fun as you explore basic circuitry to construct your own LED-powered crystal using pre-fabricated parts.

COST: Members: $12 per student; Non-Members: $16 per student + general admission
BEST FOR: 
Ages 10 to Adult


Upcoming Maker Labs:

August 21 at 10:15am

MEMBER NON-MEMBER

August 25 at 10:15am

MEMBER NON-MEMBER

September 18 at 10:15am

MEMBER NON-MEMBER


PRINT IT: Become an Action Figure!

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. Please Note: Due to the time required print projects, attendees will receive their final 3D printed project in the mail. 

COST: Members: $15 per student; Non-Members: $20 per student + general admission
BEST FOR:
 Ages 10 to Adult

Upcoming Maker Labs:

Sept. 2 at 3:15pm

MEMBER NON-MEMBER

Sept. 4 at 10:15am

MEMBER NON-MEMBER


 

PRINT IT: Build-a-Bot Workshop

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. Please Note: Due to the time required print projects, attendees will receive their final 3D printed project in the mail. 

COST: Members: $15 per student; Non-Members: $20 per student + general admission
BEST FOR:
 Ages 10 to Adult

Upcoming Maker Labs:

August 11 at 10:15am

MEMBER NON-MEMBER

Sept. 6 at 10:15am

MEMBER NON-MEMBER

Sept. 8 at 10:15am

MEMBER NON-MEMBER


 

DESIGN IT: Suminagashi Paper-Marbling

Traditional techniques meet cutting-edge science as we explore suminagashi, an ancient Japanese form of paper-marbling! Learn how you can harness the power of fluid mechanics, surface chemistry, and viscosity to create beautiful patterns while turning our creative imaginations in scientific explorations. 

COST: Members: $12 per student; Non-Members: $16 per student + general admission
BEST FOR: 
Ages 8 to Adult
 

Upcoming Maker Labs:

August 12 at 3:15pm

MEMBER NON-MEMBER

August 16 at 10:15am

MEMBER NON-MEMBER

Sept. 9 at 3:15pm

MEMBER NON-MEMBER


 

DESIGN IT: Spirograph Keychain

Learn how coding applies to your everyday life while exploring the basics of Python, a widely-used programming language, to create a custom engraved wooden spirograph keychain with our high-tech laser cutter. Through this lab, you'll be introduced to IDLE (Integrated Development and Learning Environment) and the "Turtle" library.

COST: Members: $12 per student; Non-Members: $16 per student + general admission
BEST FOR: 
Ages 11 to Adult


Upcoming Maker Labs:

August 14 at 10:15am

MEMBER NON-MEMBER

September 11 at 10:15am

MEMBER NON-MEMBER


MAKE IT: Custom LED Patches

The future of sewing is here. In this new lab, we'll explore the basics of circuits while testing out some Makey Makey kits, learn more about conductive materials and how we can incorporate them into clothing, and get a crash course on hand-sewing techniques! You'll even get to make your own conductive patch design to take home.

COST: Members: $12 per student; Non-Members: $16 per student + general admission
BEST FOR: 
Ages 10 to Adult

Upcoming Maker Labs:

August 19 at 3:15pm

MEMBER NON-MEMBER

August 23 at 10:15am

MEMBER NON-MEMBER

September 16 at 3:15pm

MEMBER NON-MEMBER


 

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