Spend Spring Break Tinkering At The Space Foundation Discovery Center

March 17, 2015 – The Space Foundation Discovery Center is preparing to spend spring break with the public by exploring science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) in a week filled with “tinkering” activities.

A variety of activities are planned which are appropriate for children ages 4-8 with an adult helper and ages 9-17 on their own. Tuesday – Friday activities are offered from 11:00 a.m. – noon and from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Each day of the event will provide a new hands-on activity to engage students in the STEAM subjects. The week-long event will wrap-up with the construction of a Chain Reaction Machine, also known as a Rube Goldberg Machine, which will be launched at noon on Saturday, March 28.

The following activities are included in the daily admission price to the Discovery Center:

Tuesday, March 24 – Junk Art Creations: Take recycled material and make a space-themed art product

Wednesday, March 25 – Spray Paint Space Art: Enjoy making outrageous works of art with a cool spray painting technique

Thursday, March 26 – Create an Automaton: Enjoy a playful way of exploring simple mechanical elements with a personalized creative machine

Friday, March 27– Make Photograms: Enjoy creating photographic images with light sensitive paper

Saturday, March 28 – (10:00 – noon) – Chain Reaction Machine (Rube Goldberg Machine): Show off your best science and engineering skills and help the Space Foundation create one massive Chain Reaction Machine. Bring your own materials or your own chain reaction machine and add it to everyone else’s to create one huge machine. We’ll launch our Chain Reaction Machine at noon on Saturday, March 28.

Other featured activities included in Discovery Center admission, March 24-28

In the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center:

Tuesday and Thursday, Minecraft from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., in our AGI Space Missions Simulation Laboratory

Wednesday and Friday, Kerbal from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., in our AGI Space Missions Simulation Laboratory

Saturday, Mars Robotics Laboratory activities, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tinkering Stations available throughout the week:

  • Light Boxes
  • K’NEX toys for build and exploring
  • Windtubes
  • Marble Maze
  • Cloud Chamber
  • Online registration available here.

    The Space Foundation Discovery Center is located at 4425 Arrowswest Dr., Colorado Springs, Colorado.