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

  • If your child is interested in creating amazing STEM masterpieces and learning in an interactive, engaging environment, visit a Maker Workshop every Friday at 3:00 pm. 

  •  We also offer Little Maker Workshops on Mondays and Wednesdays at 11:00 am for our youngest tinkerers.

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