Programs & Events in Isabella County

Programs & Events in Isabella County

Open Make A

The makerspace at CMU will be open for 4th - 8th graders from 4:00 - 5:30 pm. This open make time will be monitored by staff who will provide students with a rotating menu of projects to work on. The staff will not offer direct instruction in the materials, but will assist students in learning about individual projects (projects do not have to be finished during one make time).
When: Wed January 17 1:45 PM - Wed May 2 2:45 PM
Where: 1200 S. Franklin St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48859

Open Make B

Open Make B
Free and open to 4th - 8th grade students on a drop in basis. (There may be a nominal charge in the future if a student wants to complete a project which requires many consumable supplies)

The EHS 134 lab will be open from 4 - 5:30 pm, with a rotating menu of projects to work on. (Projects do not have to be finished during one lab time). Students are welcome to come and go for any portion of the time, but pick-up must occur promptly when the lab closes at 7pm.
When: Wed January 24 4:00 PM - Wed May 16 5:30 PM
Where: 1200 S. Franklin St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48859

Middle Make

Middle Make will allow students to further develop their maker traits and experience a more traditional makerspace. Independent from Open Make, this walk-in time will be open to students who are ready to explore their own interests or to develop and execute a project.
When: Wed February 14 1:45 PM - Wed May 9 2:45 PM
Where: 1200 S. Franklin St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48859

Energy in Chemistry

Taught by Sharyl Majorski , Chemistry Faculty
Appropriate for grades 5 - 7
Cost $50, due a registration

Understand how energy sources like the sun can be converted into usable energy for motion and heat. Combining chemistry labs with engineering problems, students will engineer and design cars and rockets and explore the changes that occur as energy is converted.

Course Dates:
• March 5, 12, 19
• April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Please contact Ashley O'Neil,, with any questions.?
When: Mon March 5 4:00 PM - Mon April 30 5:30 PM
Where: Central Michigan University

Fashion and Technology: Smart Tools for Smart Girls

Su An and Ling Zhang , Fashion Merchandising and Design Faculty
Appropriate for grades 6 - 9
Cost $50, due a registration

"What do I need science and math for? I am going to be a fashion designer." All too frequently these types of statements are made of young girls who are not able to make the connection between a STEM education and what they perceive to be relevant to their lives. In today's society, STEM concepts have grown so integral to the economy that middle and high-school students need to experience workplace-relevant applications of STEM-related tools and engage in activities to show how technology is applied to solve real-world problems. Additionally, students that study STEM content in an inquiry-based environment are more likely to be engaged learners and are more likely to seek STEM related career pathways.

Like other industries, the fashion industry is also looking for young female professionals who can apply STEM concepts and are comfortable utilizing technology to envision new products and collaboratively solve apparel design problems. Much of fashion today involves the use of state-of-the-art technology, combined with innovative fibers and fabrics. This short course focuses on allowing middle-school girls to engage in STEM learning through Fashion and Technology.

Course Dates:
• March 23: Introduction to digital printing
• March 30: Designing prints
• April 6: Introduction to sewing and pattern making
• April 13: Sewing and finishing the project
• April 23: Presentation

Please contact Ashley O'Neil,, with any questions.
When: Fri March 23 4:00 PM - Mon April 23 5:30 PM
Where: Central Michigan University

Earth Day: Hydroponics and Greenhouse Workshop

In honor of Earth Day, the makerspace will be hosting a DIY mini hydroponics workshop. Families will leave with a mini hydroponics seed starter. Learn how hydroponics is an efficient gardening practices that is better for the environment and saves time. Reuse household materials to create mini greenhouses and planters for your home garden.

This is appropriate for first through sixth grade students with a parent. One parent may attend with up to three students. Sign up for a 90 minute time slot, make at your own pace and leave with your creation when you are finished.

Registration will open closer to the event. Sign up for our Newsletter to be notified first!

1 - 4 p.m. | ?EHS Building, Rm. 134 | Cost is $10 per family, due at time of registration
When: Sat April 21 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: 1200 S. Franklin St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48859