All workshops are included with paid Discovery Place Science admission and offered on a first come, first served basis. Capacity is limited.
10:00 & 11:00 a.m. – Making with MaKey MaKey: Build an interactive poster board or game controller using conductive materials connected to a MaKey MaKey (invention kit) with our friends from PLAYtek. Discover how the digital world can interface seamlessly with everyday objects and materials. These activities will challenge you to expand your thinking and learning horizons. PLAYtek infuses 21st century technology with the arts, ingenuity and design thinking. Explore More Stuff, Level 2
10:00 & 11:00 a.m. – Paper Marbling: The ancient art of marbling creates spectacular designs with floating paint. Learn about the rich history of marbling and have fun creating your own works of art. Christine Lukowitsch of Little Lotte Studio will help you try your hand at this family-friendly activity that kids will love. Windows on Tryon, Level 2
11:00 a.m. – Experimental Engineering: Build a Bridge: Tech Gets Real offers after-school programs and workshops in science, technology, engineering and math, including robotics and technology design. Explore More Me, Level 2
1:00 p.m. – Comic Book Design: Learn to create heroes and villains and make an artistic sequential story. Marcus Kiser is a Charlotte-based graphic designer and illustrator whose work draws inspiration from a range of sources including classical art, comic books, graffiti and current social and political issues. Windows on Tryon, Level 2
1:00, 2:00 & 3:00 p.m. – Circuit Bending for Beginners: Unmake a musical keyboard and discover how plastic parts connect with electronic circuits to make music. See how the piano keyboard actually works, how a power supply is wired and how the speakers are connected to the circuit. Find out what happens when we trick the circuit into doing things it was never intended to do. With nothing more than a Phillips screwdriver and a handful of wires, we will dismantle a keyboard and turn it into an experimental orchestra of synthesized sounds. Workshop led by Elliot Inman of Musical Circuits. Limit 15 participants per session; kids 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Explore More Stuff, Level 2
1:00 & 2:00 p.m. – Program Your First Maker Board: Learn how to wire and code disparate devices to one another. Workshop led by Charlotte Internet of Things (IoT). Explore More Me, Level 2
2:00 & 3:00 p.m. – Scratch Coding: Transform the Scratch canvas into a fun, interactive scene using coding blocks, sprites, sounds and backdrops. Workshop led by Digi-Bridge. Windows on Tryon, Level 2
3:00 p.m. – Comic Book Design: Learn to create heroes and villains and make an artistic sequential story. Marcus Kiser is a Charlotte-based graphic designer and illustrator whose work draws inspiration from a range of sources including classical art, comic books, graffiti and current social and political issues. Explore More Me, Level 2
Wild Wood Chainsaw Carving – Watch award-winning artist Rusty Rayfield create one-of-a-kind wood sculptures, handmade signs and custom log furniture – all crafted using a chainsaw and his imagination. Live demonstrations at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 & 3:00 p.m. on North Tryon Street near the entrance to Discovery Place Science.
PurrCussion – Move and groove to the rhythm of the Carolina Panthers Drumline – Purrcussion! Performance starts at noon on Level 2 and moves throughout the Museum.