Make@SCI is much more than an's a movement! It's about using familiar objects in unfamiliar ways. Creating. Experimenting. Tinkering.

Along with a Makers Studio that will be a permanent presence on the Main Level floor, we also have two Makers Corps members who will lead workshops, projects and special events throughout the summer. Every two weeks, we will focus on one aspect of Making - from manipulating nature to programming, robotics, music, animation and even hacking.

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

Making activities engage visitors of all ages. Makers Studio is included with SCI general admission. Some workshops will have associated supply fees.

What does Make@SCI look like?

Makers Corps: SCI has been selected by Maker Ed, a national education initiative, as a 2014 Maker Corps site - one of only 39 locations nationwide. Through this program, we have two trained Makers Corps members who will lead workshops, projects and special events throughout the summer. Learn more

Makers Studio: The Makers Studio will be a permanent presence on the Main Level floor. This hands-on exhibit space will allow participants to engage with Making no matter when they visit! Plus, each Tuesday through Saturday from 1–3pm, the Makers Corps staff will be on the floor to facilitate extended Making activities.

Themes: Every two weeks throughout the summer, our programs and projects will focus on one aspect of Making:

  • May 31–June 7: Make Something — An Introduction to Making
    Create experiences for constructing your own meaning.
  • June 821: Playing with Phenomena
    Use nature as a source of inspiration for creating.
  • June 22July 5: Electromechanical Creations
    Tinker with motors, gears, batteries and lights in innovative ways.
  • July 619: Action-Reaction
    Create animation to explore the concepts of cause and effect.
  • July 20August 2: Hack-Deconstruct
    Take it apart. Change it. Put it back together.
  • August 316: Robotics & Coding
    Build things in the technological world to explore creative solutions.
  • August 1730: Synthesizing Sound
    Create and manipulate our experience with sound.
  • September 1: Des Moines Mini Maker Faire
    Details below.

Wednesday Workshops: Calling all young Makers! Each Wednesday in July from 5:00-7:00 pm, we're hosting drop-in workshops for students ages 12-18. Each workshop has a materials fee of just $10, or $5 for SCI Members.

  • Week 1 (July 9): Insight Into Moviemaking
    During this workshop, we will be making short movies using techniques like stop-motion and green screens.
  • Week 2 (July 16): Steam Power
    In this workshop, we will explore steam power to create a working machine.
  • Week 3 (July 23): Science of Musical Instruments
    This workshop will focus on how musical instruments make sound, giving us insight into making our own instruments.
  • Week 4 (July 30): Deconstruct & Reinvent
    In this workshop, we will take apart different objects and redefine their purpose.

Des Moines Mini Maker Faire: It all culminates in a Mini Maker Faire on September 1, 2014. Part science fair, part county fair and part something entirely new, Maker Fair 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 the Des Moines Mini Maker Faire to show what they have made and share what they have learned.

Get Involved!

  • Participate: To learn how to participate on the Community Partner Planning Committee, contact Judy Downs
  • Volunteer: For volunteer opportunities, contact Chris Juhl
  • Support: Looking for sponsorship opportunities? Learn more here


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