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!

The Makers Studio features interactive Making stations that focus on the five phases of the "making mindset."

  • EXPLORE electrical connections with Circuit Blocks
  • DESIGN your own stop-motion movie at the Animation Station
  • BUILD whatever you can imagine from one block of wood—using real tools—in the One Block Challenge
  • TEST & IMPROVE your one-of-a-kind flying creation on our Wind Table
  • And more!

While you're here, join us for Studio Time!

Throughout the summer, Studio Time activities will focus on one aspect of Making — from fort-building, circuitry, even sewing. Join us Monday-Friday from 1:00-3:00 pm to participate in extended making activities surrounding the themes listed below.

Studio Sampler

June 5-9: Get to know the Maker Movement, and get a taste of some of the activities that will take place in the Makers Studio this summer! 

Totally Textiles!

June 12-16: Stitch and Snap
Harness your creativity, and sew your own finger puppet. Add embellishments, then snap a picture in our tiny finger puppet photo booth!

June 19-23: Branch Weaving
Put your mark on a group weaving project. Experiment with different materials and patterns!

Light and Sound All Around

June 26-30: Light Painting
Use long-exposure photography to create wacky images with light!

July 3-7: Make Your Own Instrument
Explore the science of sound. Create vibrations with a variety of DIY instruments!

Electrical Extravaganza

July 10-14: Light-Up Letters
Study the basics of circuitry, and illuminate a paper project.

July 17-21: Sewable Circuits
Add some flash to your fabric. Use special conductive thread to incorporate circuitry into a sewing project!

Phenomenal Physics

July 24-28: Pom Pom Catapults
Construct a device to launch a pom pom. Investigate ways to improve its accuracy and distance!

July 31 - August 4: Parachute Party
Discover which materials create the most effective parachute! Release your chute from the second level of SCI, and attempt to land it on a bullseye. How accurate can you MAKE it? 

Build It Bigger, Build It Better

August 7-11: Cardboard Castles
Collaborate with other visitors to create a large-scale cardboard fortress!  Explore ways to make it durable. 

August 14-18: Weatherproof It!
What would a building need to stand up to strong wind, water, or quakes? Explore various environmental scenarios and challenge yourself to build a structure to withstand them!

Open Maker Week

August 21-25 & August 28 - September 1: Come MAKE with us! Hang with our Resident Makers as we prepare for the Des Moines Mini Maker Faire! Bring your own supplies or use ours to make a creation to add to our display! We'll revisit popular Studio Time themes from the summer.

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SCI Pricing

  • Non-member Pricing
  • Adults$12.00
  • Children$8.00
  • Seniors$8.00
  • SCI Member Pricing
  • AdultsFREE
  • ChildrenFREE
  • SeniorsFREE

*Exhibit is FREE with SCI general admission.

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