Innovation Station

Innovation starts with tinkering. From blocks and balls to simple machines, Innovation Station gives kids the space — physically and mentally — to imagine, create and build. The focus will be on the process, not the product. Children are encouraged to evaluate, try, fail, re-evaluate and try again. Innovation Station appeals to multiple types of intelligences and eschews lengthy instructions for more intuitive learning.

Learning Objectives

  • Encourages children to design solutions to problems by constructing devices and structures

  • Focuses on continuous improvement through a process of iterative evaluation, analysis, and redesign

  • Allows a space for children to evaluate their own work and think critically of future ideas and creations

Activities by Recommended Age

  • Newborn to 4 years-old: Bridge-It Challenge—Children are challenged to work with their hands and create bridges that connect structures and support a heavy weight. Through this process, they are learning about the function of bridges and how to create sound structures through experimentation and critical thinking.

  • 5 to 7 years-old: Launch It Up-- Kids build objects that they can float or launch upward in a stream of air.  At Float It Up, kids play with a slow-moving tube of air, and at Launch It Up, the air moves faster.  Using everyday materials like cardboard, straws, or coffee filters, kids can make objects that gently rise like a helicopter or launch out of the tube like a rocket!

  • 8 to 11 years-old: Robot Dance Floor-- This activity allows kids to experiment with robots and to practice simple programming.  Children create a set of simple navigational commands to program their robot to dance around the arena! Sensors allow for advanced level programming and interaction between the robots and their surroundings.

Tips

  • When you visit The DoSeum, ask the front desk if any Baxter Demos are scheduled that day! During Baxter Demos, our resident robot, Baxter, will show children the awesome potential for technology by performing fun tasks and activities!

  • If your child is interested in creating amazing STEM masterpieces and learning in an interactive, engaging environment, visit a Maker Workshop every Friday at 3:30 pm. 

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