Swinging Girl

Girl Placing a toy car on track.

Makeshift Engineering

July Series
Choose Saturdays, 10am – 12:30pm -OR- Sundays, 1 – 3:30pm
You’ll be an engineering expert after this NEW July workshop series. Each week, take an in-depth look into engineering and construction through a series of hands-on activities using unconventional materials. Each session is designed to build on the knowledge learned the week before. Over four separate weekends, you’ll explore simple machines, construct roller coasters, create arcade games, design derby cars and code your own robot.  Learn more about the summer workshop series here.

For kids ages 8+
Members: $95 per 4 week series
Non-members: $110 per 4 week series
Admission into Imagination Station is included.

Not a member? 
Become a member and save $15 per seriesPlus, you receive all of our other membership benefits. Learn more about our memberships here.



Purchase Today


Week 1

July 8 & 9 · Mechanics & Movement: Link everyday materials together and turn them into a creature that moves according to your specifications. Create a story, adjust the light and put on a show while you learn about the components of simple machines and how they set the world around us into motion.

Week 2

July 15 & 16 · Marble Machines: Explore the engineering that goes into creating paths and obstacles for your own marble roller coaster. You will construct a marble contraption to complete a design challenge. Then, create your own version of a pinball-like machine and decide what obstacles go where, what noises it should make and even what the rules are to win.

Week 3

July 22 & 23 · Nerdy Derby: Put your observation skills to the test with a challenging activity that includes matching sounds to objects. Then, become a VIP builder for the Nerdy Derby. In a private build area, construct and engineer a car to race down the hills and valleys of a 40 foot track – the only rule... there are no rules. Attempt to build the fastest or slowest car for your chance to win a prize.

Week 4

July 29 & 30 · Robotics & Design: In this final workshop, become the true master of engineering by creating your very own robot. Begin with exploring the properties of movement using segmented joints to create a robot hand. Complete the series by programming a LEGO® robot to explore the world using drag and drop coding.


Workshops Participants Receive:

  • Supervised 2.5 hour workshop each week
  • Independent learning - Participants are dropped off and picked up at Visitor Service
  • Build new friendships in a camp-like, workshop format
  • In-depth knowledge and become a master in circuitry or engineering helping to preventing summer brain drain
  • Admission for the participants into the science center 
  • Take-home activities and projects completed in the workshop

Have questions?
If you have questions about our new workshop series or unsure about which series you should purchase, please call 419.244.2674 ext. 250 to speak with a Reservation Specialist on Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm. If someone is not available, please leave a message and a Reservation Specialist will return your call the next business day.