It’s much more than an exhibit… It’s a mindset.

Making is a way of thinking. It's about using familiar objects in unfamiliar ways, focusing on the process rather than the end result.

Along with a Makers Studio that will be a permanent presence on the Main Level floor beginning May 14 , makers-in-residence will lead workshops, projects and special events throughout the summer.

Every two weeks will focus on one aspect of Making — from fort-building, robotics, circuitry, even fashion design — and “Studio Time” every day from 1:00-3:00 pm will allow visitors to participate in extended making activities surrounding each theme.

It all culminates with the 2nd annual Des Moines Mini Maker Faire on September 7, 2015 (Labor Day).

Join us to learn what it means to be a Maker — not just a consumer — this summer at SCI.

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Make@SCI means…

  • Makers Studio – Explore the design process in this interactive exhibit space on SCI’s Main Level. Experiment with circuits, create a stop-motion animation video, build and test a flying machine and more! Learn more

  • Studio Time – Join us daily from 1:00-3:00 pm to participate in extended making activities surrounding each theme — from fort-building, robotics, circuitry, even fashion design. See themes

  • Wednesday Workshops – Mid-week workshops for middle school makers! Every Wednesday from June through August, 6th - 8th graders can join SCI’s makers-in-residence for hands-on workshops from 5:00-7:00 pm. View workshops

  • Maker Faire – It all culminates in the Des Moines Mini Maker Faire on September 7, 2015. Part science fair, part county fair and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, artists, educators, crafters, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors and students. All of these "makers" come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and share what they have learned.
    More than 30 exhibitors from across the state showcased their work at the inaugural Des Moines Mini Maker Faire on September 1, 2014. Highlights included a full-sized, functional replica of R2-D2, a geodesic balloon dome assembled by participants throughout the day and Oculus Rift technology from the Iowa State University Virtual Reality Program. Learn more


What is Making?

Making is all about tinkering, building, experimenting and collaborating to solve problems. It can mean taking things apart and putting them back together. It can mean linking science and art to build structures that are equally efficient and aesthetically beautiful. At the Science Center of Iowa, Making means encouraging participants of all ages to see familiar objects in new, innovative ways, developing the collaborative mindset and skills necessary for the modern STEM world. 

Developing and encouraging Makers through the Make mindset is a critical step in developing Iowa’s innovation ecosystem and most importantly, developing a diverse workforce for the 21st Century. Making is a hands-on, all-ages invitation to explore science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. In connecting Making activities to STEM careers, Making introduces people of all ages to the skills and problem-solving techniques they can apply in a modern workforce that’s demanding more and more STEM professionals.  

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