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

  • Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream – We make home-made ice cream right in front of you using fresh ingredients and of course—science!
    • Learn about: The phases of matter, freezing and boiling point, science of cooking.
    • Price:
      • Parties and Field Trips (at Imagination Station): $25 per batch. One batch serves about 20, 2oz portions.
      • Off-site visits: $30 per batch. 2 batches maximum.  One batch serves about 20, 2oz portions.
    • Includes: Bowls or cups, spoons and napkins.
    • Note: Our liquid nitrogen ice cream is dairy-based, gluten-free and nut-free, but is prepared in a facility that is not guaranteed to be free of other gluten-containing foods or nuts. We cannot provide a dairy-free ice cream at this time.  In the case that an age-appropriate audience member is asked to help with the demonstration, they must wear shoes that completely cover their feet, pants or other clothing that completely covers their legs, and they must wear a long-sleeved lab coat, safety goggles and protective gloves as required.
  • 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.
    • Price:
      • Parties: $30
      • Field Trips: $2 per youth (10 youth minimum)
      • Off-site Visit: $30 (30 youth maximum per demo)
    • 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
    • Price:
      • Parties: $25
      • Field Trips: $1 per youth (10 youth minimum)
      • Off-site Visit: $25 (30 youth maximum)
    • Notes: In the case that an age-appropriate audience member is asked to help with the demonstration, they must wear safety goggles as required.
  • Slime! – Learn how chemistry can make a fun toy that kids of all ages will enjoy
    • Learn about: chemistry
    • Price
      • Parties: $30
      • Field Trips $2 per youth (10 youth minimum)
      • Off-Site Visit: $40 (20 youth minimum)

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
    • Price:
      • Parties and Field Trips (on-site): $3 per youth (10 youth minimum)
      • Off-site Visit: $3 per youth (15 youth minimum)
    • 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)
  • Observing the Night Sky – There are over 100 billion stars in our galaxy! How do astronomers keep track of them all, and tell them apart from planets, asteroids and galaxies?  You will learn how to find the constellations and other objects in the sky!
    • Learn about: Stars and constellations, the movement of Earth in space, the cardinal directions
    • Recommended ages: 10+
    • Duration: Varies
      • 45 minutes for indoor program
      • 45 minutes to 1 hour for nighttime/outdoors observation session
    • Price: Varies
      • On-site (indoor program): $6 per youth (10 youth minimum)
      • Off-site Visit (indoor program): $6 per youth (15 youth minimum)
      • On-site (outdoor/nighttime program): $150 (30 person maximum)
      • Off-site Visit (outdoor/nighttime program): Contact for price [Have inward-facing sliding scale].
    • Notes: This activity includes making and learning how to use star-wheels for observing constellations. Requires a projector and screen for non-nighttime version. Split up into 2: Indoors and outdoors; Outdoor/nighttime program starts at $150, Contact for price for off-site visits with larger numbers; Change language about star wheels (optional add-on for no extra charge)
  • 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
    • Price: $6 per youth (10 youth minimum)
    • 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
    • Price: $6 per youth (10 youth minimum)
    • 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).
  • Introduction to Coding with Code & Go Mouse – It’s never too early to learn how to code! Learn about computers and algorithms with the pre-K-friendly Code & Go Mouse!
    • Learn about: Computers, coding/programming, algorithms, problem-solving, spatial-skills
    • Recommended ages: 4-8
    • Duration: 30 to 45 minutes
    • Price:
      • On-site: $4 per youth (5 youth minimum)
      • Off-site Visit: $4 per youth (10 youth minimum)
    • Notes: This activity includes a short discussion of coding and algorithms.
  • Coding with KIBO – Learn how to code and problem-solve with the SIA Foundation-provided KIBO robot! Great for both introductory and intermediate logic concepts such as if- and repeat-statements.
    • Learn about: Computers, coding/programming, algorithms, problem-solving, spatial skills
    • Recommended ages: 6-10
    • Duration: Varies.
      • Introduction to coding: 45 minutes
      • Second session: 45 minutes to 1 hour
    • Price:
      • On-site: $6 per youth per session (5 youth minimum)
      • Off-site Visit: $6 per youth per session (10 youth minimum)
    • Notes: The introductory session includes a short discussion of coding and algorithms and requires a 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
    • Price:
      • On-site: $2 per youth (10 youth minimum)
      • Off-site Visit: $2 per youth (20 youth minimum)
    • Notes: Includes short discussion on forces, gravity & rockets.
  • Foam Pipe Rockets – How do rockets make it all the way from Earth to Outer Space? What factors decide how far and fast our rockets go? Make your own rocket and learn how NASA conquered gravity!
    • Learn about: Forces, propulsion, gravity, engineering
    • Recommended ages: 9+
    • Duration: Varies
      • Session 1: Discussion of forces and gravity + rocket-making: 40 minutes
      • Session 2: Lab component: 30 minutes (recommended for ages 11+)
    • Price: Varies
      • Session 1: $5 per youth (10 youth minimum)
      • Session 2: $3 per youth (10 youth minimum)
    • Impact Craters (Outdoor only, with some exceptions) – How do rocks from outer space shape the surfaces of planets and moons? We make our own impact craters to find out!
      • Learn about: Forces, asteroids & meteorites, geology
      • Price:
        • Parties: $25
        • Field Trips: $1 per youth (10 youth minimum)
        • Off-site Visit: $1 per youth (30 youth minimum)
      • Notes: We use flour, cocoa powder, sand and gravel and we *will* get messy. Plan clothing choices appropriately.