When the first section of the Chuo Shinkansen SC maglev train line is completed, the ride from Tokyo to Nagoya, a distance of 160 miles will take just 40 minutes. Traveling at a speed of 314 miles per hour, it will be the fastest commuter train on the planet. A magnetic levitation (maglev) train is a floating vehicle that glides over a magnetic track. To demystify the concepts underlying this technology, participants will experiment with the basic principles of magnetic force, aerodynamics, and the harnessing of wind power as they engineer their own maglev vehicles using cardboard, hot glue, and magnets.
Spin Art Koi Mosaics
Nishikigoi (koi fish) was first bred in Japan in the early 1800s. The Japanese see koi fish as a symbol of courage, strength, perseverance, and good luck. Make your own koi from cardstock or cardboard, then learn circuitry to create its mosaic-like scales.
Bamboo Water Soaker
Build a water soaker out of bamboo, a traditional material used long before modern manufacturing came to Taiwan. Then, take your water gun outside, and put it to the test!
Taiwanese Herb Bag
Herb bags are made and worn during the Dragon Boat Festival. In the past, the Bunun would stuff herbs into these bags to create a natural bug repellent. Today, these bags serve as good luck charms and are given as gifts. Sew one of your own to take home!
Middle Eastern lantern
These traditional dome-shaped lanterns feature beautiful designs and clear glass panels, framed in metal that has been hand cut into intricate lattice patterns. Visitors will design and assemble their own lanterns, using optional LED lights to illuminate their light (optional materials fee)
Pierrot is a common character in pantomime and “commedia dell’arte,” which became popular in the late 17th century in Paris. Make your own puppet version of this clown using foam balls, fabric, and paint. Then have fun acting out your own scenes!
Light Up French Map
Explore France’s geography while developing your maker skills. Help us illuminate a map of France using power drills and circuitry.
Around the World
Create a cardboard miniature of native animals from around the world, and make it move by adding cams!