A non-profit organization, Discovery Children’s Museum is helping redefine Las Vegas. Culture. Arts. The city values all of these, especially its children. Step inside the 58,000 square-foot expanse of Discovery Children’s Center. Right there you can see why families say it is redefining their perceptions of Las Vegas. It’s culture, arts and more than show — it’s an interactive experience for all the senses … and all ages.
The new heartbeat of this attraction is Discovery Lab. Opened in February, it’s a creative space featuring first-of-its-kind programming that challenges visitors to create a product from start to finish. You use electronics, robotics, coding, 3-D printing, metalworking, pottery, sewing … everything that ties engineering to real life.
The new space encourages a creative thinking process where children become the creators, builders and shapers of their curiosities by drawing on a “Do-It-Yourself” mindset while learning practical skills and using them creatively.
Vibrant Learning Environment
“DISCOVERY Lab is a place where our visitors can create something meaningful and share it with others. The new space challenges children and families to build and create using real tools and inquiry-based learning,” says CEO of DISCOVERY Children’s Museum, Melissa Kaiser. “We wanted to offer a permanent gallery that was dedicated to the concept of making, which is exactly what DISCOVERY Lab is. Willingness to try something new requires patience, dedication and practice. We encourage failure as an important part of the learning process.”
The new makerspace offers a vibrant learning environment through two workspace areas comprised of high-tech and no-tech activities.
The open-making workspace is a self-guided experience open daily to visitors. The workspace features raw design materials and resources for circuitry, sewing, sculpting, painting and more.
The guided-making workspace is a facilitated workshop experience led by DISCOVERY staff or “Makers” from the community. The guided-area offers cutting-edge technology through a state-of-the-art computer lab featuring coding and CAD software. In addition, the guided-area has an adjoining workspace with a laser cutter, 3-dimensional printers and a kiln where visitors can see their creations come to life. Guided workshops are available on weekends.
DISCOVERY Lab’s open-making and guided-making approaches teach the ability to adapt to changing circumstances and conflict. In addition, DISCOVERY Lab offers daily presentations featuring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematical (STEAM) learning. Visitors can participate in a variety of opportunities throughout the year with interactive demonstrations and summer camp experiences.
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