• Evening Workshops

    Want to dive deeply into specific topics? Join us for an Evening Workshop! Explore a variety of science concepts through hands-on activities, interactive demos, and experiments in a small group setting. Topics vary from stop-motion animation to computer programming to engineering – there’s sure to be something that piques your interest!

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Evening Workshops

Minecraft: A Day on the Farm - July 9, 2015 from 5:45-6:45pm

The sun is high and the grass is green. Farming in Minecraft has never been easier or more fun. Using visual programming we will transform farming jobs, such as building construction and raising livestock into easy, reproducible tasks. Maybe that runaway pig will finally return to his pen for a fresh carrot.

Ages 6-8. Note: participants must have an adult stay in the building for duration of workshop. Please, no siblings in the classroom. One adult Museum admission is included in the price of the workshop. All others must pay admission to the Museum.

Click here to register starting June 20th for Museum Members and June 22nd for non-members.

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Minecraft: Animal Modding - July 9, 2015 from 7:00-8:00pm

We might know how to tame animals, but in this Minecraft modding workshop we will learn how to think like them and think FOR them. Using Eclipse, we dig into Minecraft programming to change animals behavior and appearance. From who they might attack and how fast they move, to what food they prefer, this workshop is sure to teach us exactly what it's like to be a Minecraft animal.

Ages 8-14; must have strong keyboard skills. Note: participants under the age of 12 must have an adult remain in the building for the duration of the workshop. Please, no siblings in the classroom. One adult Museum admission is included in the price of the workshop. All others must pay admission to the Museum.

Click here to register starting June 20th for Museum Members and June 22nd for non-members.

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Minecraft: A Tall, Cool Glass of Water - July 23, 2015 from 5:45-6:45pm

From a glass of fresh water to a gigantic ocean wave, water is one of nature's most destructive and helpful forces at the same time. In this visual programming workshop we will turn Minecraft water into our own tool. If we move fast, we can save a dried up city from thirst, and maybe make a few, fun water slides in the process.

Ages 6-8. Note: participants must have an adult stay in the building for duration of workshop. Please, no siblings in the classroom. One adult Museum admission is included in the price of the workshop. All others must pay admission to the Museum.

Click here to register starting June 20th for Museum Members and June 22nd for non-members.

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Minecraft: H-2-Ohhh Nooooo! - July 23, 2015 from 7:00-8:00pm

Using basic Python programming we will learn how to become masters of Minecraft water, hurling it through the sky, carving out entire rivers in an instant, and providing some for all of the thirsty animals and villagers in our Minecraft world. There really isn't a more refreshing way to learn how to become better Minecraft programmers.

Ages 8-14; must have strong keyboard skills. Note: participants under the age of 12 must have an adult remain in the building for the duration of the workshop. Please, no siblings in the classroom. One adult Museum admission is included in the price of the workshop. All others must pay admission to the Museum.

Click here to register starting June 20th for Museum Members and June 22nd for non-members.

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Slithering Into Python - July 30, 2015 from 5:00-8:00pm

Learn the fundamentals for computer programming from members of the Huron High School Computer Science Club! Participants will work in Python to create “Hello World” and learn basic logic such as conditional statements, loops, and data types. For students entering grades 5, 6, and 7.

Participants under the age of 12 must have an adult remain in the building for the duration of the workshop.

Workshop is included with Museum admission, but pre-registration is required. Registration opens June 20 for Members and June 22 for Non-Members. Participants must bring their own laptop with a developing environment pre-loaded on the computer (link to download will be provided after registration).  Class will run from 5:00 to 7:00, with additional “open lab” time from 7:00-8:00

Click here to register starting June 20th for Museum Members and June 22nd for non-members.

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Minecraft: What's the Matter? - Aug 13, 2015 from 5:45-6:45pm

All around us are things that are solid, liquid, and gas. Minecraft contains those same three elements of matter and the way we use them in the game can be remarkably similar to real life. Have you ever wanted to see what happens when cold water touches burning hot lava, and how we can use that to create beautiful structures.

Ages 6-8. Note: participants must have an adult stay in the building for duration of workshop. Please, no siblings in the classroom. One adult Museum admission is included in the price of the workshop. All others must pay admission to the Museum.

Click here to register starting July 18th for Museum Members and July 21st for non-members.

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Science of Healthy Eating - August 13, 2015 from 6:00-6:50pm or from 7:00-7:50pm

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Join the Junior League of Ann Arbor for an evening workshop, “The Science of Healthy Eating” as part of the Kids in the Kitchen program. Do science experiments to learn about how we digest food, make a nutritious snack, and play games to learn about the science of healthy eating.

Workshop is 50 minutes and is for students entering grades 1-5. The cost for this program is included in Museum admission, but preregistration is required.  Click here to view information about our admission prices.  Participants under the age of 12 must have an adult remain in the building.

Kids in the Kitchen is a national Junior League program that addresses the growing issues of childhood obesity and malnutrition. Designed for young audiences, Kids in the Kitchen events promote healthy eating habits, nutrition awareness, and the importance of daily exercise through hands-on activities and interactive discussions.

Click here to register for the 6:00-6:50pm workshop or the 7:00-7:50pm workshop.

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Minecraft: Why Can You Never Trust Atoms? . . .They Make Up Everything! - Aug 13, 2015 from 7:00-8:00pm

Our basic programming workshop uses the Python programming language to let us create nearly anything we want inside the world of Minecraft. Control different types of solid and liquid blocks to create brand new structures that might otherwise be impossible. Wield particles like explosions and smoke in your own custom spells.

Ages 8-14; must have strong keyboard skills. Note: participants under the age of 12 must have an adult remain in the building for the duration of the workshop. Please, no siblings in the classroom. One adult Museum admission is included in the price of the workshop. All others must pay admission to the Museum.

Click here to register starting July 18th for Museum Members and July 21st for non-members.

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Minecraft: Working in Wool - Aug 27, 2015 from 5:45-6:45pm

There are many colors in the rainbow, and there are almost as many types of Wool in Minecraft. Let's use our visual programming tool to create amazing structures of various colors. What color do you want the floor of your new Minecraft house to be? What else can we make with our color choices? Learn some of the possibilities in this workshop.

Ages 6-8. Note: participants must have an adult stay in the building for duration of workshop. Please, no siblings in the classroom. One adult Museum admission is included in the price of the workshop. All others must pay admission to the Museum.

Click here to register starting July 18th for Museum Members and July 21st for non-members.

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Minecraft: Color Me Red(stone)! - Aug 27, 2015 from 7:00-8:00pm

Using basic Python programming, participants of this workshop will learn how a few lines of code can create nice looking, intricate structures in an instant. Don't like the color of that layer of your new Minecraft house? Change it instantly using your own code. After this fun, educational workshop you will be viewing the world of Minecraft colors through a different lenses.

Ages 8-14; must have strong keyboard skills. Note: participants under the age of 12 must have an adult remain in the building for the duration of the workshop. Please, no siblings in the classroom. One adult Museum admission is included in the price of the workshop. All others must pay admission to the Museum.

Click here to register starting July 18th for Museum Members and July 21st for non-members.

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