STEM Saturdays at The Platform
801 S 10th St
Omaha, NE 68108
Looking for something to do this weekend? We’ve got you covered! Each week, STEM Saturday features new family-friendly programming for kids and adults of all ages. From February–May, participate in photography and art-related activities to celebrate our temporary exhibit, Pulitzer Prize Photographs.
Drop in from 10AM to Noon—no registration required.
|DATE||FEATURED ACTIVITY||Activity Description|
|February 8||Valentine’s Day – Math||Utilize your math and art skills to find ways to create a valentine’s heart using only 20 congruent triangles.|
|February 15||Valentine’s Day – Technology||Learn about the basics of computer programming and how to spell your name using the Binary alphabet. Create a heart or bracelet using the binary alphabet.|
|February 22||Pulitzer Opening Day/Photo Archive||There will by puzzles using several of our own photo archive photos as well as a few guessing/matching games.|
|February 29||The Technology & Science of Photography||Learn about what it takes to create colored photos versus black and white photos.|
|March 7||History of Cameras – Technology||There will be a display of different types of cameras throughout history.|
|March 14||Opera Omaha – STEM||Music Activities|
|March 21||Refraction of Light – Science||Learn how light travels and how it can flip images using just a glass of water. Learn how this applies to photography and your own photographs.|
|March 28||Pinhole Cameras – Technology||Explore the different ways to make a pinhole camera and learn how to make your own pinhole camera.|
|April 4||Photo Composition – Art/Tech||Learn about the different types of photo composition and test out your photo composition knowledge through matching the photo composition technique to the correct photo.|
|April 11||Aperture – Art/Tech/Science||Learn about aperture and what different photos look like with different aperture settings. Then go on a museum photo scavenger hunt and guess what apertures were used in each photo!|
|April 18||Shutter Speed – Art/Tech/Science||Learn about shutter speed and what different photos look like with different shutter speed settings. Then go on a museum photo scavenger hunt and guess what shutter speed settings were used in each photo!|
|April 25||ISO – Art/Tech/Science||Learn about ISO and what different photos look like with different ISO settings. Then go on a museum photo scavenger hunt and guess what ISO settings were used in each photo!|
|May 2||Storytelling with Photography – Art||Learn about how photographers tell stories with their photographs and create your own stories using photographs.|
ABOUT THE PLATFORM
Located on the lower level of the museum on what was originally track one in the Union Station terminal, The Platform is an interactive STEAM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) experience for learners of all ages. The area features an industrial, workshop-like aesthetic, with a focus on creating, building and innovating. The Platform is a flexible, ever-evolving space. Current features include a brick building wall, magnetic wall with marble tube run, train table, oversized maps of Omaha neighborhoods and counter height tables that look out onto the active railyard.
The launch of The Platform was made possible by a $20,000 gift from U.S. Bank’s Community Possible initiative.