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Drop in every Monday for Makerspace Open Hours from 3-5pm!

Design, create, and share in Explora’s new makerspace. Build with real tools and materials as you explore the current theme. During each 3-month-long theme Studio Inventivo will highlight different tools and materials that visitors can use.

“String Theories”

October–December, 2019
Sew, weave, knit, and knot from October through December in Studio Inventivo! Learn to tie knots, design your own shirt, build a costume, and more during our winter theme.

Studio Inventivo Open Hours

Mondays 3–5pm
Drop in to our makerspace to work on your own project or work alongside Explora staff as they test new activities and technology!

Upcoming Classes

Teens & Adults Welcome
Included with admission

No registration required – Classroom capacity of 10 students.

Beginner Sewing |  Thursdays 1-2pm  | October thru December 19
Learn to sew by hand or with a sewing machine during this weekly activity. Free with admission. All ages

Pocket Party  |  November 19 & 30, December 1 & 15 |  weekdays 4-6pm, weekends 2-4pm
Does your skirt, dress, or pants need pockets? Bring an article of clothing and we can make it better with more pockets! Ages 7+

DIY Tote bags |  November 5 & 16, December 7 & 21  | weekdays 4-6pm, weekends 2-4pm
Learn the basics of sewing or improve on your skills while making your own upcycled tote bag. Ages 7+

Koozie Kreations  | December 19 |  4-6pm
Use a variety of textiles to create your very own beverage insulator.  No sewing machine experience required. Ages 7+

Laser Cut Earrings |  November 27 & December 4 |  4-6pm
Design your own wood or acrylic earrings.  Learn design basics to make earrings on our state of the art Laser cutter.  Attend two classes to get the full experience. Ages 7+

Studio Inventivo is a space at Explora for children and families to use tools and technology to transform familiar materials into projects that highlight the intersections of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). In this space, visitors can design a concept or project idea, create a prototype or test version of their design, and share stories about the process of creating their project through displaying their work or recording a digital story at the Story Kiosk station.

Visitors will have access to a variety of hand tools, electronics, textiles, wood, and paper including cardboard with which to bring their ideas to life. Explora makers and educators will be on hand to provide coaching and encouragement. Community makers, inventors, and tinkerers will be visiting at times for special hands-on programs to share their craft and stories of their careers.


On any given day, in the Studio Inventivo workshop area, we will offer a multitude of ways to explore, connect, test and invent. Visitors of all ages may:

  • Learn to use real tools
  • Interact with simple robots
  • Try woodworking basics
  • Experiment with conductivity to incorporate circuits into projects
  • Engineer new ways to attach materials without using glue or tape
  • Generate mathematical patterns as a part of weaving or sewing
  • Design a structure modeled after nature
  • Invent mash-ups of science + art!

In the Studio Inventivo classroom area, visitors will have access to more advanced tools and technologies supported by trained staff to guide their design process. In this area, at scheduled times, visitors may:

  • Create digital design files to be used for 2D or 3D projects
  • Learn to code creations
  • Experiment with 3D pens and 3D printers
  • Engage with guest makers and STEAM professionals
  • Cut or engrave a range of materials with our Epilog Laser Cutter
  • Learn skills like soldering, sewing, sawing, and more!

Check our Special Events page and Calendar for upcoming Studio Inventivo workshops and special themes.

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