reDiscover Center Pasadena

STEM, Tinkering, and the Freedom to Build!



Want more reDiscover Center programs with less of a drive?   reDiscover Center Pasadena is now here!

reDiscover Center Pasadena offers camps, workshops, classes, teacher professional development, adult workshops, and corporate retreats in the Pasadena/Glendale/east San Fernando Valley area.  Classes focus on creativity, art, STEM, design, and using your hands to make new stuff.  See links below for more information.

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Pasadena Programs





Spring 2017 Classes and Events



Support quality hands-on STEM and tinkering in the Pasadena area by making a donation to the reDiscover Center.

We are currently seeking funds and materials for the following:

  1.  Scholarships for camp and regular programs.
  2. Funding for setting up our permanent Makerspace in Pasadena.
  3. Clean (no mold or paint) dimensional lumber scraps for summer camp.



Camp is Here!


This is your chance to learn how to use lots of tools, and then have the freedom to build what YOU want.  You can participate our summer Tinkering School in 2 different ways:

Week long Tinkering School camp at ARTworks Pasadena (sessions run June. 12-Jul. 28)
96 N Sunnyslope Ave, Pasadena, CA 91107
Register for multiple sessions here.  Contact us if you need a scholarship, so we can give you a registration code.

Session 1:  June. 12-16                                                 Session 5 (Everyone):  Jul. 10-14

Session 2:  June 19-23                                                  Session 6:  Jul. 17-21

Session 3:  June 26-30                                                 Session 7:  Jul. 24-28

Session 4:   Jul. 5-7, only $300



1-Day Tinkering at the PUSD LEARNS summer program (June. 12-26)
* Students must be registered for the LEARNS summer program.

In our Tinkering School LA week long camp, students learn how to safely operate the power drill, hand saws, and sewing machine.  Mid-week we present the "theme of the week" and ask kids to brainstorm ideas.  Then we set students free (while supervised) to build what they want from wood, fabric, and found objects.  It's all about creativity, empowerment with new tools, autonomy, persistence, and team work.  In prior years we've built a giant dinosaur, a castle with turrets and draw bridge, a fully functional carnival with mini-golf course, and more.  Camp runs 9-3pm with lunch and snack breaks.  We have a 1:4 staff to student ratio at all times.




Want to volunteer or join our staff?  Contact us about helping out.

Educator Seminars and Workshops

We now offer short, inexpensive, hands-on seminars and workshops for educators (teachers, volunteers, and parents).  Check out our professional development page to view resources from past seminars and get more details on upcoming workshops.  Email us to get on a particular class list.


  • Automata:  How to build and teach kinetic sculpture and mechanisms (May 2017)
  • Chocolate Casting and Mold Making (May 2017)
  • Makerspaces:  Everything You Wanted to Know (but were too intimidated to ask)  (June 2017, Burbank)

Email Deb at to sign up for a class, and specify your availability.



Automata & Kinetic Sculpture

POSTPONED for low registration.

Sun. May 7soup can automata

Hummingbird Conservatory
3531 N. Verdugo Rd.,
Montrose, CA
Ages 10+.
$55. $45.  $5 off if you bring an empty and cleaned soup can.  Scholarships available.

Learn how to make your own hand-crank powered automata (kinetic sculptures) with metal.  We'll be repurposing some old soup cans into moving creative sculptures.  This class is a little bit of mechanism design (including crank shafts), and a lot of creativity.  Due to the mechanical strength required to work with thick metal, this class is not suitable for students under age 10.




Advanced Chocolate Casting

POSTPONED for low registration.

Sun. May 14squirrel-mold-combined

Hummingbird Conservatory
3531 N. Verdugo Rd.,
Montrose, CA
Ages 10+ with parent.
$55 $48 per child (adult free).   Scholarships available.

Learn how to make your own food grade silicone molds for casting chocolates (or soap) so you can produce your own custom chocolates.  We'll start by making prototypes in sculpey, and oven bake clay.  From that we'll make a silicone mold.  Then it's off to melt and pour chocolate.  No prerequisites required.



Wood Sculpture with Power Drills

Sun. May 21, 2017ART
Hummingbird Conservatory for the Arts
3531 N Verdugo Rd,
Glendale, CA 91208
Ages 7+.
$35 $55 per student.   Scholarships available.

Learn how to safely operate a power drill, and then use it to make something big (or small) out of pre-cut wood scraps.  Parents are welcome to hang out at the farmer's market, or take the class as well.





Crafting at  Discovery Cube LA

Sun. May 21, 2017TinkeringAtDiscoveryCube
Discovery Cube LA
11800 Foothill Blvd,
Sylmar, CA 91342
Ages 7+.  Ages 5+ with parent assistance.
FREE with Museum Admission.

Build something creative with our pile of random stuff, tape, hot glue, and the ever popular electric cardboard cutter.




Vacation Day Tinkering School

Memorial DayAt work at Tinkering School
May 29, 2017
Hummingbird Conservatory for the Arts
3531 N Verdugo Rd,
Glendale, CA 91208
Ages 7+.
SPECIAL $90 $120 per child.   Scholarships available.

Learn something new, and then go build what you want.  In this class we'll introduce how to safely use clamps, power drills, hand saw, electronic cardboard cutter, and glue gun in a supportive, girl-friendly environment.  Then we'll brainstorm some funny ideas, and build big projects from wood and found objects.  We will do lunch and running around at the Montrose Park.