Enter this exciting space to experiment and explore new ideas through making.

When did you last unleash your inventive genius? Turn everyday materials into solutions for big challenges using design thinking and the innovation process. Design your own prototype and test it out in the studio. Museum guests can participate in scheduled drop-in sessions, and school groups can reserve sessions in advance.

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Students create and design science projects using household items
Students build and design science projects using household items
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Drop-in sessions

Roll up your sleeves, build a creation, and put your innovation skills to the test in this open studio environment. These drop-in sessions are open to Museum guests and last 30 minutes.

Daily at 1:45 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Ages 6 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.

Student and educator build and design science projects
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Workshops

These 60-minute sessions guide school and community groups through the innovation process to design prototype solutions for real-world challenges.

Mondays - Fridays: 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

Recommended for 5th grade and up; maximum capacity is 30. Included with Museum Entry, but groups must reserve sessions in advance at (773) 684-1414.

The Museum of Science and Industry’s annual Black Creativity program invites students, teachers, families and the public to explore the legacy of rich contributions and achievements made by African Americans while encouraging deeper interest in science and technology among youth. This year’s programming focuses on innovation, inspiring children to become innovators of tomorrow. For more information about the Black Creativity program, click here.