Innovation Incubator Maker Labs

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  800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville, TN 37203

 Open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and until 9 p.m. every second Saturday of the month.
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Innovation Incubator Maker Labs


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! Spaces are limited.

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


Current I2 Maker Labs:

MAKE IT: Conductive Sewing

The future of sewing is here. Explore the basics of circuits, learn more about conductive materials and how we can incorporate them into fabric, and get a crash course on hand-sewing techniques! You'll make your own conductive pennant design to take home.

COST: $12 members; $16 non-members
AGES: Best for 10 to Adult

MAKE IT: 3D Perler Art

Imagine, design, and create your own projects with perler beads! These colorful beads are arranged and melted together to create fascinating and unique pieces of pixel-like art. Although perler beads are traditionally practiced as a flat art form, we will be teaching you how to take your perler skills to the next level: designing and building in 3D! 

COST: $12 members; $16 non-members
AGES: Best for 8 to Adult


Learn the basics of Videogame Design with Bloxels and the Innovation Incubator! We’ll discuss the foundations of what makes great games, and build our very own pixel-based game for friends and family to play!

COST: $12 members; $16 non-members
AGES: Best for 10 to Adult

DESIGN IT: Paper Circuits

Learn the basics of Circuit Design. We’ll make a simple circuit with innovative materials as we design our own cards to take home and show off to friends and family!

COST: $12 members; $16 non-members
AGES: Best for 8 to Adult

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: $15 members; $20 non-members
AGES: Best for 10 to Adult

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: $15 members; $20 non-members
AGES: Best for 10 to Adult

DESIGN IT: Lasercut Puzzles

Do you fancy yourself to be a bit of a puzzle pro? Ready for your next challenge? Come create a puzzle of your very own! In this class we will cover the basics of the laser cutter and get to see this fascinating tool in action. We will flex our creative skills as we design and make our own unique puzzles that can be solved and enjoyed time and time again.

COST: $15 members; $20 non-members
AGES: Best for 8 to Adult

DESIGN IT: Suminagashi Fluid Dynamics

Traditional techniques meet cutting-edge science as we explore suminagashi! This ancient Japanese form of paper-marbling creates beautiful patterns as we harness the power of fluid mechanics, surface chemistry, and viscosity in science explorations!

COST: $12 members; $16 non-members
AGES: Best for 10 to Adult

Limited space available. Subject change.

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