Innovation Station

The Innovation Station is a platform to engage children and families in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) through innovative, hands-on learning experiences. It is a space where kids create, make, discover, investigate, and invent. The space gives kids a chance to apply problem-solving skills, test and revise their ideas, experiment, collaborate, and have fun.

Innovation Station Hours

MakerSpace hours:
Thursday - Friday: 10am-12pm 
Saturday - Sunday: 2pm-4pm

Instructor-led STEAM Programming:

Saturday: 10am-12pm

Self-Guided STEAM Activities:
Always available


The Innovation Station consists of a science lab and a maker space. What is a maker space? The Maker Space allows children and families to use real tools and materials to design, make, tinker and create projects on their own. Kids can take stuff apart and learn the inner workings of machines, build and make cool things, and just experiment and explore.

Check out all the great activities happening in the Innovation Station. Visit our online home and follow along on our making adventure!

Monthly Special Event Days

January: National Blood Donor Month & National Braille Literacy Month 
February: American Heart Month & National Children's Dental Health Month
March: National Bubble Week & National Agriculture Week
April: National Robotics Week & National Coin Week
May: National Wildflower Week & National Composting Day 

Physics Days

ISU Faculty, Dr. Jay Ansher and students will provide hands-on demonstrations, experiments and more on new topics each month!

Thursday, January 25: Machines and Circuits 

Electricity and motors can be built into machines that will do almost any task you need. The ISU Physics Club will bring some demonstrations and equipment to show how these devices can be put together and the relationship between electricity and motion. 

Thursday, February 15: States of Matter
Ice melts. Water boils. We see familiar substances change states nearly every day, but different materials will freeze, melt, boil or condense at different temperatures. The ISU Physics Club will explore different states of matter with some hands-on demonstrations and show you that there is more to our universe than just solids, liquids, and gas! 

Thursday, March 8: Aerodynamics
Ever wonder why a heavy airplane can fly high in the air? Or how a baseball pitcher can throw a curve ball? Join us on Physics Day to explore aerodynamics, the science of flight. The ISU Physics Club will help you with hands-on demonstrations and activities that will make your imagination soar! 

Thursday, April 5: Collisions 
When two objects try to be in the same spot at the same time, they can't! How do collisions work, and what happens when energy and momentum are traded back and forth? Let the ISU Physics Club demonstrate what happens in a collision and how to gain the advantage in your next bumper-car or ice hockey experience! 

Thursday, May 3: Weather
Wind, sunshine, storms, and clouds are all part of basic physics and chemistry. Stop by as the ISU Physics Club presents some simple demonstrations that help explain the science that goes into your local weather forecast. 

Growing Up Wild

Master Naturalists are members of our local community that love nature! The mission of the University of Illinois Master Naturalist Program is to provide science-based educational opportunities that connect people with nature and help them become engaged environmental stewards. These activities will help children connect with nature and develop an appreciation for our world’s limited natural resources.

Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Check back in March for new programming!