reDiscover Center Pasadena: In-School Programs

reDiscover Center Pasadena offers workshops at your school.  Contact reDiscover for class duration and pricing options.

Class Offerings

Origami in Space
In this hands-on talk and activity, learn about the challenges of real engineers as they try to fit really big spacecraft into tiny little launch vehicle fairings.  The class includes a short talk on deployable structures, parts that fold up and pop-up (like snakes in a can, umbrellas, and spacecraft solar array panels), how origami and tinkering is used to design pop-up structures, and culminates with an origami folding activity.  1-1.5 hrs.  Ages 9+.  1 instructor per class.  Teacher needs to provide ballpoint pens and rulers for each student.

Creative reuse / Creative Art & the Environment / Art from Stuff
Students learn about the lifecycle of things, how to recycle and reuse materials, and then build something from our creative reuse materials as part of a theme (like toys, super hero costumes, etc.)  The class reinforces art, design, and communication using the materials around you, a critical process for becoming an inventor.  1-1.5 hrs.  Ages 5+, Max 8 students per instructor.

Taking Things Apart
Learn how everyday things work through the act of taking them apart.  Then we can re-animate some motors and other bits and pieces to see mechanisms come back to life.  We bring the tools, goggles, and safety know how.  You bring the broken stuff you don't want to work anymore (we have a list of recommended stuff, and things to avoid).  1.5-3 hrs, Ages 6+, Max 8 students per instructor.

Toaster Cannons
Yup.  You heard it.  Rather than just taking things apart, we'll be souping them up to do even more.  Come reverse engineer a toaster to shoot toast into the air, and compete for the highest launch.  We cover reverse engineering, springs and their use, and iterative design and test.  The toaster is yours to keep.  1.5-2 hrs (usually followed by printable toaster activity).  Ages 8+.  Max 12 students per instructor.

Printable toaster
It's art, science, engineering and burnt food.  Reverse engineer and then modify a toaster to print images on toast.  We cover the modes of heat transfer (convection, conduction, and radiation), and then focus on designing artistically creative radiation shields for printing images on bread with a toaster.  Students learn how to safely work with sheetmetal.  Ages 7+, Max 12 students per instructor.

Tinkering Taster
Explore what creative things you can make all by yourself as we explore new artistic tools such as the power drill and glue gun.  In this empowering short workshop, kids will learn tool safety, and usage in a supportive environment.  They will be encouraged to come up with their own designs and build them, as they simultaneously build confidence in their own abilities to make things.  This is a great workshop for learning problem solving and mechanical intuition, essentials for a future in STEM.  (Theme could be anything--tree, superhero, dinosaur, etc.) 1.5-4 hrs, Ages 7+, Max 4 students per instructor.

Tinkering Full Day
Explore what creative things you can make all by yourself as we explore new artistic tools such as the power drill, hand saws, and glue gun.  In this empowering all day workshop, kids will learn tool safety, and usage in a supportive environment.  They will be encouraged to come up with their own designs and build them, as they simultaneously build confidence in their own abilities to make things.  This is a great workshop for learning problem solving and mechanical intuition, essentials for a future in STEM. (Theme could be anything--tree, superhero, dinosaur, etc.) 4-6 hrs, Ages 7+, Max 4 students per instructor.

Tinkering School (Week long or multi-session)
Explore what creative things you can make all by yourself as we explore new artistic tools such as the power drill, hand saws, glue gun, and sewing machine.  In this empowering week long workshop, kids will learn tool safety, and usage in a supportive environment.  They will be encouraged to come up with their own designs and build something truly huge (per a theme), as they simultaneously build confidence in their own abilities to make things.  The class culiminates with an interactive show of all the great stuff the students have built. This is a great workshop for learning problem solving and mechanical intuition, essentials for a future in STEM.

Quirky Classes--Make Your Own Stuff
Check out our short sampler classes where you get to make really random things.  Class topics will include

  • Kite building and test (going to the park)
  • Make Your Own Chocolates
  • Creative Metalwork
  • Candle Making
  • DIY Windchimes
  • Sculpey
  • Drawing in metal by saltwater etching