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Upcoming Funshops



Makey Takey Holiday Funshop

Join us as we explore the world of circuits and make things that can be taken home and gifted!


Grades 3-4

You don’t need wires to run circuits when you can use pens and tape! Our engineers get to MAKE fun items and TAKE them home. Participants will get to create their own buzzing card for someone special and light up a picture frame to dazzle a photo!

Grades 5-6

What is light? Can we add lights to the things we wear?! Our product engineers will use conductive thread to create two wearable circuit projects (one to WEAR and one to SHARE).  It’s gonna be LIT!


Invention Convention Funshop

This Funshop has very limited seats available, so make sure to register early!


Grades 3-4

Prepare to be dazzled by the ingenuity and creativity coming out of our Invention Convention Funshop! We will be welcoming the new year by challenging our young artists & engineers to create awesome ArtBots that might give Picasso a run for his money. Students will learn the science behind circuits and how to wire one, and with that knowledge they will create two different ArtBots, including one to take home.

Grades 5-6

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines for the Invention Convention FunShop where young innovators will be tasked with the challenge of creating self-powered cars for the racetrack. Engineers will get the chance to design 2 different car models – one powered by an electrical circuit with the help of a littleBitsⓒ kit and another that runs on the elastic energy of rubber bands – and then it will be off to the races with their one-of-a-kind inventions!



  • *Applying for a scholarship does not guarantee an award or registration into the Funshop.
  • To qualify and apply for a scholarship, the student is required to submit proof of eligibility: proof of participation in a free or reduced lunch program, OR proof of parent’s income.
  • We offer a very limited number of scholarships for each grade grouping, and try to favor first-time applicants.
  • WATCH YOUR EMAIL and CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER! Award recipients will be notified via email and must reply to scholarship offer.
NO refunds or credits will be granted for FUNshops.

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Program Dates & Locations


Makey Takey Holiday Funshop
Saturday, December 8, 2018
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Location: IMSA – 1500 Sullivan Rd.
                 Aurora, IL 60506
Registration Closes: 12/1
Scholarship Application Closes: 10/15


Invention Convention Funshop
Friday, January 25, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: IMSA – 1500 Sullivan Rd.
                 Aurora, IL 60506
Registration Closes: 1/18
Scholarship Application Closes: 12/15


BrainSTEM Funshop
Saturday, March 2, 2019

Registration will open December 15

Archaeology Funshop
Saturday, April 13, 2019

Registration will open January 15