March 18, 2016 – The Space Foundation is always looking for new ways to inspire the next generation of space leaders, and what better way to do that than with hands-on, interactive learning! As Spring Break approaches, several events and activities will be available for area families to engage with the STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics).
Tesla’s Toolbox, a two-hour tinkering workshop sponsored in part by Uwingu, will take place Saturday, March 19 at 10:00 a.m. This month’s workshop will focus on 3D modeling for customized Minecraft Missions. Participants will utilize Tinkercad as well as Minecraft creative mode to construct a functioning model within a space-themed Minecraft world. A $10 workshop fee applies for this project, plus regular Discovery Center admission.
During the week of Spring Break, March 22-26, the Space Foundation is prepped for tinkerers of all ages to enjoy hands-on activities. The following activities are currently scheduled from 11:00 a.m. – noon and 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday*:
Tuesday, March 22 – Make a Mini Lamp: Use our recycled material and electronics to create your own mini lamp
Wednesday, March 23 – Spray Paint Space Art: Enjoy making outrageous works of art with a cool spray painting technique
Thursday, March 24 – Create an Automaton: Enjoy a playful way of exploring simple mechanical elements with a personalized creative machine
Friday, March 25 – Paint with Light: Enjoy creating photograph images with different light sources to make a one-in-a-kind photo
On Saturday, March 26, help create a chain reaction machine (Rube Goldberg Machine) with a scheduled launch time of noon. Several other tinkering stations will be available throughout the Discovery Center every day, as well as the museum exhibits.
The Space Foundation Discovery Center is currently hosting a one-of-a-kind interactive math and science exhibit that has drawn record-breaking crowds across the U.S., and is designed to answer the age-old question: “Will I ever use all this math they’re teaching us?” The MathAlive! exhibition is generously presented by Raytheon and will be available for a limited time at the Discovery Center through April 30, 2016. Admission is free to military personnel and their families, with I.D., during the MathAlive! stay.
The Space Foundation Discovery Center is located at 4425 Arrowswest Drive, Colorado Springs. For fees and hours, visit www.spacefoundation.org/museum, or call the Space Foundation at 719.576.8000.