Demonstrations and Activities

Imagination Station Demos & Activities

Imagination Station offers many STEM demos and hands-on activities.  Our demos and activities make a great addition to your field trip, birthday party or other special event!

What’s the difference between demonstrations (demo) and activities?

  • Demo
    • Shorter (10-15 minute) demonstration of scientific principles.
    • Tailored to the age and scientific background of the audience.
  • Activity
    • In-depth, interactive and hands-on experience (30 minutes-1 hour).
    • Each individual participant experiments, creates and builds with the guidance of trained staff members.
    • Developed by staff and volunteers with educational and/or scientific backgrounds. Due to their nature and materials costs, activities have a higher price point than demos.
    • Tailored to the age and scientific background of the audience. Ask us about how we can tailor our activities to fit your educational needs, including educational goals for classrooms that meet Indiana state science standards and merit awards for scouting organizations.

We also offer off-site visits within Tippecanoe County. These carry an additional charge of $25 per visit to cover transportation costs and traveling time. For off-site visits outside of Tippecanoe County, contact Imagination Station.

Available Demonstrations

  • Dry Ice Rockets – We harness the special properties of dry ice to learn about pressure and propulsion!
    • Learn about: Gas and pressure, the phases of matter, propulsion, gravity.
    • Note: Dry ice explosions are perfectly safe when done in a controlled environment.  In the case that an age-appropriate audience member is asked to help with the demonstration, they must wear safety goggles and protective gloves as required.
  • Soda Explosion (Outdoor demo only) – Using soda and mints, we make an epic explosion of chemistry and physics!
    • Learn about: Chemistry, physics, gas and pressure, propulsion
    • Notes: In the case that an age-appropriate audience member is asked to help with the demonstration, they must wear safety goggles as required.

Activities

  • Mini Greenhouses – How do greenhouses help plants grow? Find out by making your own greenhouse!
    • Learn about: Plant biology, gardening, thermal energy
    • Recommended ages: 5-10
    • Duration: 30 minutes
    • Notes: We use sharpies to decorate our greenhouses. Plan clothing choices appropriately. Mini lesson (30 minutes long; $3 per youth); Full lesson (1 hour; $5)
  • LittleBits: BubbleBots – Be an engineer! Design and make a bubble-blowing robot with our SIA Foundation-provided LittleBits circuits kit.
    • Learn about: Circuits, engineering, robotics, design
    • Recommended ages: 8-12
    • Duration: 45 minutes to 1 hour
    • Notes: Due to the high price point of our LittleBits, participants cannot take their BubbleBot home. Due to the limited number of LittleBits available, we can accommodate no more than 15 youth at a time.  This activity includes an optional discussion on circuits for no additional charge (requires projector and screen).
  • LittleBits: Pinball Machine – Be an engineer! Design and make a pinball machine with our SIA Foundation-provided LittleBits circuits kit.
    • Learn about: Circuits, engineering, robotics, design
    • Recommended ages: 10+
    • Duration: 45 minutes to 1 hour
    • Notes: Due to the high price point of our LittleBits, participants cannot take their pinball machine home. Due to the limited number of LittleBits available, we can accommodate no more than 15 youth at a time.  This activity includes an optional discussion on circuits for no additional charge (requires projector and screen).
  • Straw Rockets – How do rockets make it all the way from Earth to Outer Space? Make your own rocket and learn how NASA conquered gravity!
    • Learn about: Forces, propulsion, gravity, engineering, spatial skills
    • Recommended ages: 4-8
    • Duration: 30 minutes
    • Notes: Includes short discussion on forces, gravity & rockets.