• Evening Workshops

    Want to dive deeply into specific topics? Join us for an Evening Workshop! Explore a variety of science concepts through hands-on activities, interactive demos, and experiments in a small group setting. Topics vary from stop-motion animation to computer programming to engineering – there’s sure to be something that piques your interest!

We have many different types of Evening Workshops for all different ages.  Click on the descriptions below for more information.  Click here for information about our GameStart Minecraft workshops.

Evening Workshops

3D Printing: The Science of Additive Manufacturing - February 19, 2015, 6:30pm-7:30pm

In this 1 hour workshop, we will explore the medical, technological, and architectural benefits to 3D printing or additive manufacturing. Work your way around our 3D town to help local citizens create solutions for their manufacturing needs and discover the global impact of this technology. During this hour you will see live 3D printing demonstrations and will be entered for the chance to win your own 3D print!

Workshop is included with Museum admission. Pre-registration is required. Click here to register today!

Recommended for ages 9 - 13 (Note: Participants under the age of 12 must have an adult remain in the building for the duration of the event.)

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Animal Ecosystems in Minecraft - February 12, 2015, 5:45pm-6:45pm

Work to balance wildlife populations within Minecraft! Participants will use a visual programming environment to build natural habitats and food sources for the animal populations they create.

Ages 6-8. Note: participants must have an adult stay in the building for duration of workshop. Please, no siblings in the classroom. One adult Museum admission is included in the price of the workshop. All others must pay admission to the Museum. 

Click here to register starting Jan 6th for Museum Members and Jan 8th for non-members.

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Minecraft Modding: Animal Intelligence - February 12, 2015, 7:00pm-8:00pm

Using Java, participants will explore the source code of Minecraft as they reprogram animals... Adjust values and behaviors of entities to your liking, making the entities act the way you want!

Ages 8-14; must have strong keyboard skills. Note: participants under the age of 12 must have an adult remain in the building for the duration of the workshop. Please, no siblings in the classroom. One adult Museum admission is included in the price of the workshop. All others must pay admission to the Museum.

Click here to register starting Jan 6th for Museum Members and Jan 8th for non-members.

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Urban Infrastructure in Minecraft - February 19, 2015, 5:45pm-6:45pm

Participants will lay out the essentials to what makes a successful city infrastructure within the world of Minecraft, including structures and resources!

Ages 6-8. Note: participants must have an adult stay in the building for duration of workshop. Please, no siblings in the classroom. One adult Museum admission is included in the price of the workshop. All others must pay admission to the Museum. 

Click here to register starting Jan 6th for Museum Members and Jan 8th for non-members.

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Minecraft Programming: Urban planning - February 19, 2015, 7:00pm-8:00pm

What structures make a Happy City work? Participants will adhere to realistic district and zoning regulations as they make decisions about what type of buildings they should build and where they’re located, based on how real life cities are planned!

Ages 8-14; must have strong keyboard skills. Note: participants under the age of 12 must have an adult remain in the building for the duration of the workshop. Please, no siblings in the classroom. One adult Museum admission is included in the price of the workshop. All others must pay admission to the Museum.

Click here to register starting Jan 6th for Museum Members and Jan 8th for non-members.

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States of Minecraft - March 12, 2015, 5:45pm-6:45pm

How does Minecraft handle different types of matter? In this workshop we will explore programming with functions to look at solids, liquids, and gases in order to understand how they move through the world of Minecraft.

Ages 6-8. Note: participants must have an adult stay in the building for duration of workshop. Please, no siblings in the classroom. One adult Museum admission is included in the price of the workshop. All others must pay admission to the Museum.

Click here to register starting February 9th for Museum Members and February 10th for non-members.

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Minecraft Matters - March 12, 2015, 7:00pm-8:00pm

What is fire? What happens when water hits lava? Participants will use Minecraft and the Python programming language to help us tackle tricky questions like these and how they relate to the world around us.

Ages 8-14; must have strong keyboard skills. Note: participants under the age of 12 must have an adult remain in the building for the duration of the workshop. Please, no siblings in the classroom. One adult Museum admission is included in the price of the workshop. All others must pay admission to the Museum.

Click here to register starting February 9th for Museum Members and February 10th for non-members.

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Minecraft Water Works - March 26, 2015, 5:45pm-6:45pm

Water can be used for all kinds of activities in Minecraft. Using a visual programming environment, participants will build water paths that help transport things to their Minecraft homes.

Ages 6-8. Note: participants must have an adult stay in the building for duration of workshop. Please, no siblings in the classroom. One adult Museum admission is included in the price of the workshop. All others must pay admission to the Museum.

Click here to register starting February 9th for Museum Members and February 10th for non-members.

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Sink or Float in Minecraft - March 26, 2015, 7:00pm-8:00pm

How can we make water work for us in Minecraft? Workshop participants will create a contraption to utilize buoyancy, using the Python programming language.

Ages 8-14; must have strong keyboard skills. Note: participants under the age of 12 must have an adult remain in the building for the duration of the workshop. Please, no siblings in the classroom. One adult Museum admission is included in the price of the workshop. All others must pay admission to the Museum.

Click here to register starting February 9th for Museum Members and February 10th for non-members.

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Minecraft at Large - April 9, 2015, 5:45pm-6:45pm

What’s the biggest thing you’ve ever made in Minecraft? How long did it take to make it? In this class we use Python to make massive objects quickly and learn about how they relate to real-life objects.

Ages 6-8. Note: participants must have an adult stay in the building for duration of workshop. Please, no siblings in the classroom. One adult Museum admission is included in the price of the workshop. All others must pay admission to the Museum.

Click here to register starting February 9th for Museum Members and February 10th for non-members.

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Scaling in Minecraft - April 9, 2015, 7:00pm-8:00pm

How does the scale of Minecraft relate to the real world? What would the biggest animal in the world look like in Minecraft? Participants will learn to compare the scale of the Minecraft world's objects using code.

Ages 8-14; must have strong keyboard skills. Note: participants under the age of 12 must have an adult remain in the building for the duration of the workshop.Please, no siblings in the classroom. One adult Museum admission is included in the price of the workshop. All others must pay admission to the Museum.

Click here to register starting February 9th for Museum Members and February 10th for non-members.

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Minecraft Bridge Breakers - April 23, 2015, 5:45pm-6:45pm

Learning how to build a bridge is great, but it’s also important to know how to break it. We will use Redstone (electronic circuitry within Minecraft) to set off TNT in order to effectively demolish a bridge.

Ages 6-8. Note: participants must have an adult stay in the building for duration of workshop. Please, no siblings in the classroom. One adult Museum admission is included in the price of the workshop. All others must pay admission to the Museum.

Click here to register starting February 9th for Museum Members and February 10th for non-members.

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Minecraft Bridge Builders - April 23, 2015, 7:00pm-8:00pm

Want to learn the fastest way to build a bridge in Minecraft? Participants will learn how to make travel within Minecraft easy using the Python programming language.

Ages 8-14; must have strong keyboard skills. Note: participants under the age of 12 must have an adult remain in the building for the duration of the workshop. Please, no siblings in the classroom. One adult Museum admission is included in the price of the workshop. All others must pay admission to the Museum.

Click here to register starting February 9th for Museum Members and February 10th for non-members.

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