Summer of Making

It’s more than an exhibit… It’s a mindset!

SCI’s Summer of Making celebrates those who tinker, build, experiment and collaborate. Making is a way of thinking, of using familiar objects in unfamiliar ways, of focusing on the process rather than the end result.

Our 2019 Summer of Making has these main features:

  • Maker Mornings & Innovation Lab Workshops – Monday through Saturday, times vary
  • Open Maker Challenge – Every Sunday
  • Makers Studio – Exhibit open every day
  • Des Moines Mini Maker Faire – September 2 (Labor Day)

Read below for details!

2019 Summer of Making:

Open Maker Challenge (Sundays)

Throughout the summer, you're invited to use the "maker mindset" to create a solution to a real-world issue. We'll provide the materials, you bring the creativity! The Open Maker Challenge is held in the Innovation Lab every Sunday from 1:00-3:00 pm.

Maker Mornings & Innovation Lab Workshops (Monday through Saturday)

Maker Mornings: Explore hands-on skills during drop-in Maker Mornings. You'll be introduced to skills ranging from sewing to coding – and everything in between! Maker Mornings are held in the Makers Studio every Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am - noon. Each week has a different theme!

Innovation Lab Workshops: Take the skills you learned in the morning to the next level! Use tools and materials to create a project based on the weekly theme. Workshops are open to all ages, but parent supervision is required for children under 13. Workshops are held Monday through Thursday at 11:00 am, Friday at 1:00 pm and Saturday at 11:00 am and I:00 pm. Workshops are free.

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Makers Studio (Exhibit open every day)

Experience "hands on, brains on learning" in this interactive exhibit space on SCI’s Main Level. Experiment with circuits, create a stop-motion animation video, build a flying machine and more!

Exhibit details

Des Moines Mini Maker Faire (Labor Day)

It all culminates in the Des Moines Mini Maker Faire on September 2, 2019.

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.

Event information