Museum of Science and Industry

Black Creativity: Innovation Studio

January 27 - March 1, 2014


Exhibit Essentials

30 min. (public) or 60 min. (groups)
Main Level, Temporary Exhibit West
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Included with Museum Entry

The Black Creativity Innovation Studio is a dynamic space to explore new ideas through making—a science-based, do-it-yourself (DIY) approach that encourages creativity and invention. The studio also highlights important contributions of African-American innovators to science, technology, engineering and medicine.

You'll be challenged to develop solutions to real-life challenges using the studio’s wide variety of materials and tools. You are then welcome to take your solution home or leave it in the display gallery to serve as inspiration for others.

The Innovation Studio offers Studio Drop-in Time for guests, and Innovation Workshops for school and community groups. Included in Museum Entry.

Drop-in Studio Time

Explore the Innovation Studio and build creations in an open studio environment. Studio Time sessions are open to Museum guests and last 30 minutes.

Monday - Friday: 1 p.m, 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m, 11:30 a.m., noon and 12:30 p.m.

Ages 8 and older; children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or chaperone. Maximum capacity is 30 people per session, including adults and chaperones.

Innovation Workshops for School and Community Groups

Designed for school and community groups, these 60-minute sessions guide students through their own creative processes to design and develop prototype solutions to urgent science challenges.

Monday - Friday: 10:15 a.m. or 11:45 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 1:30 p.m.

Recommended for 5th grade and up; maximum capacity is 30 children. To reserve a session for your group, contact Group Reservations at (773) 684-1414. Limited busing is available for school groups.

Black Creativity 2014 is sponsored by ComEd; Dover; ITW; Nicor Gas; Peoples Gas and U.S. Bank, with media partners Comcast / NBC 5 / Telemundo Chicago; WVON 1690 AM; Splash, a Chicago Sun-Times Publication; Radio Broadcasters of Chicago and the Chicago Defender.

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The Black Creativity Gala

Purchase your tickets for Black Creativity's annual Gala on January 25, 2014. All proceeds benefit the Black Creativity Program.

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mission statement

  • To inspire African-American children to pursue educational opportunities and careers in the fields of science, technology, medicine and engineering, through programs and events that encourage children and their parents to utilize the Museum of Science and Industry as a resource for exploring and discovering their inventive and creative genius.
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