SciTech Opens Imagination Playground

SciTech Imagination Playground

Big blue blocks made for some happy little hands recently as SciTech Hands On Museum unveiled its newest science exhibit, Imagination Playground, during June’s Super SciTech Saturday. The large pieces, reminiscent of Tinkertoys, were quickly manipulated by dozens of youngsters into racetracks, skyscrapers, and towers.

A gift of The Dunham Fund, the Imagination Playground encourages young explorers to bring out their inner engineer and build their own play space. The playground is made of several large, foam blocks designed by an architect to encourage child-directed, unstructured free play.

“It goes along with the STEM program,” said Christy La Vine with Imagination Playground. As the name implies, she added, it really encourages children to use their imaginations, as well as STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts.

SciTech’s executive director Arlene Hawks said that the new exhibit can be easily set up both outside and inside the museum. “Isn’t it fun?” she smiled.

At Saturday’s event, local children also checked out the Fox Valley Orchestra’s “Petting Zoo” of stringed instruments. Children also explored the science behind UV beads, and made art using the energy of the sun.

Super SciTech Saturdays are held on the last Saturday of every month. The museum welcomes Fox Valley children for free with admission paying adults. Over 200 hands on interactive science and technology exhibits are on display. For more information, visit SciTech’s website