During April, come explore the MESS Hall during our regular hours, Tuesday-Friday, 2 PM – 5 PM and Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM.


Robotics WeekEnjoy Robotics Week starting April 2nd, bringing cool MESS Kits and themed events!


 Special Events

Homeschool Robotics Workshop – April 7, 10:00am-12:00pm
Discover the principles of computer science and robotics (including biology) through hands on activities. Program includes presentation and special stations. Activities will be suitable for a range of ages, so bring the whole family.
$8/$10 member/nonmember per student; chaperones are free.
Preregistration is required; space is limited.

Robot Show – April 9, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Learn about the fundamentals of robotics and how robotics relates to biological systems during our engaging Robotics Show. Suitable for all ages, though geared specifically toward upper elementary students. Included with admission.

Hydraulics Workshop – April 13, 3:30pm-5:00pm. Grades 2-5
Explore the fundamental of robotics engineering through this hydraulics workshop. Participants will design machines that move using water. $8/$10 member/nonmember. Preregistration required for this drop-off program.


Climate Interactive – April 22, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Mark Earth Day with an interactive simulation of international climate negotiations. Developed by Climate Interactive and MIT, this model based game parallels the COP21 climate conference held in Paris in December 2015. Participants play world leaders who must produce a global agreement to reduce CO2 emissions enough to limit global warming to 2° by 2100. Join us to experience what it is like to negotiate a climate deal and address the greatest human and environmental challenge of this century.
Program is for students in grades 6 and up. Event will include food and drinks for participants.  $12/$15 member/nonmember. Space is limited – preregistration is required. Registration closes on April 20 in order for facilitators to assign roles and provide briefing materials.

Bridge Design Contest – April 30, 8:00am
The Engineer Encounters Bridge Design Contest is a national program for middle and high school program to introduce students to the fundamentals of civil engineering. The MESS Hall is pleased to host this program in conjunction with the local section of ASCE. Please visit our event page for more info and registration.

Mystery! Saturday Night Science – April 30, 6:00pm-  8:00pm
Bring the whole family for a night of mystery. Crack the clues to discover the solution. Activities suitable for all ages. $4/$5 member/nonmember, per person, including adults. Space is limited, so preregister today. Supported in part by a grant from the Bear Family Foundation.

Budding Scientist Saturday – April 16

Tinker Tots – 9 am – 9:45 am – 3 year old – kindergarten and caregivers. Designed for young learners, this program starts with story time, followed by a hands-on science activity related to the story. $5/$7 members/non-members per child; preregistration required.
Science Discovery Workshop – 1 pm – 2 pm – Grades 1-3. This hands-on program is free with admission and explores a different scientific topic each month. Included with admission; preregistration required.
Choose Your Own Science Adventure – 3 pm – 4:30 pm – Grades 3-5. Each month’s activities follow the participants’ interest as they ask their own questions, build their own creations. The facilitator will have lots of activities for them to consider, or they can come in with their own ideas for exploration. $8/$10 member/nonmember, per session;preregistration required.