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Motivate your kids to be the next great inventors or entrepreneurs with stories of past and present-day change makers at this weekly program in Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. Explore the innovations — big and small — that make the world what it is today, and learn by doing with hands-on, minds-on activities designed for youth ages 8 – 12.
Bring practical problem-solving to life with pop-up talks and demos from real-life inventors who share how they turned their ideas into action. Engage young tinkerers and hackers with design-thinking skills, and connect to the trials and achievements of history’s boundary pushers.
January 12, 19, and 26 – Stay Curious is the Model I theme of the month. What makes machines move? Choose from a variety of materials to create your own jittering machine. Recommended for ages 7+.
February – Explore the Model I habit “Challenge the Rules” as we explore the innovative work of African American artist, Aminah Robinson. Rather than simply writing her stories on paper, Aminah shared stories that combined her written words with traditional art materials, found objects, and everyday materials such as beads, buttons, cloth, leather, twigs, and shells to illustrate her work. Join us as we create paper beads and other objects as we write and illustrate our own one-of-a-kind story board. Recommended for 7 years and up with adult helpers.
March – Join us as we explore the Model I habit “Collaborate.” Celebrate Women’s History Month as we learn about amazing women innovators & inventors and what they accomplished through collaboration. Piece together your vision for the future as you create a puzzle.
April – To “Learn from Failure” may seem frustrating but it is a Habit of an Innovator that Thomas Edison embraced as necessary to success. He famously said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Join us as we learn from other’s famous failures, and their perseverance, and then join our quest to build the longest bridge together.
May – Take Risks is an important Habit of an Innovator. Star Trek’s crew of the USS Enterprise took risks as they explored the galaxy. To celebrate the opening of the exhibit Star Trek Exploring New Worlds, we will look at the props and futuristic devices used in the films and TV series and create some space-age props of our own.
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