Collaborate. Design. Create.

Roll up your sleeves for a very different kind of do-it-yourself experience! Here in the Build It Garage studio, discovery is what you make of it. And with so many hands-on design and engineering stations and projects to explore, there’s no limit to the many machines, masterpieces and memories your family can create together this summer! Get inspired as you engineer and design your way through Build It Garage this summer! 

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Collaborate. Design. Create.



A wall of LED cubes has been transformed into a gigantic canvas to help bring out the inner artist in everyone! Collaborate with friends to create large scale 8-bit art pieces or a pixelated masterpiece on this interactive canvas. Let your creativity shine, literally! 


Put your knowledge of flight to the test as you design and build your own paper airplanes and rockets. Then test your design in the indoor flight-zone to see how far each can glide or how high they can soar. When you understand the forces of flight, the sky is the limit!


Rev up your imagination to transform a basic kit of miniature car parts into a racer to be reckoned with! Test your design skills by racing against other cars down the 30-foot track. Which car will cross the finish line first? 


Drop in daily for instructor-led projects and demonstrations designed to expand your engineering savvy and ignite your creativity. From soldering basics to 3D doodling, topics vary each day and cover a range of useful skills, techniques and cool tools to help young engineers turn ideas into innovations.

Projects Include: 
Soldering 101 - Learn the basics of soldering and solder your own project.
3D Printing 101 - Explore the world of 3D printing using a handheld 3D printing device to create your own sculpture.
Build-a-Bot - Discover the world of circuitry and construct a robot of your own design.
Zoetropes - Create your own animation device using common household tools and materials.
Air Cannons - Construct a hand-held air cannon using a variety of materials.
Kaleidescopes - Create your own colorful world in a tube.
Flying Machines - Develop your own flying devices, from blimps to hand-held helicopters, using a variety of materials and methods of flight.


Build It Garage runs June 21 through August 17. It's the perfect spot for families to enjoy. Come and create — all summer long!


Recommended age 8 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission to Build it Garage is $2 for members, $4 for non-members. Tickets are now on sale. Entry to Build It Garage requires the purchase of timed entry general exhibit hall admission along with the Build It Garage materials fee. It is recommended that you arrive prior to your designated ticket time to ensure a timely entry to Build It Garage

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