A Makerspace for kids! (grades 3-8)

The SIMPLR STEAM Playground is a makerspace for kids! It's a membership-based environment equipped with 3D printers, electronics, robotics, and much more. Members have access to homework help, all of our tools and machines, and most importantly our project bank. Kids earn points and badges by completing self-guided projects (with assistance from mentors as needed) that are designed to teach them how to use the machines and materials while giving them the creative freedom to express themselves with their designs/creations. 

The Playground also serves as a club for creative kids. We have video games, robots, VR headsets, and much more of the latest tech toys and gadgets that inspire awe. 

Your child can use The Playground for the number of hours specified by their membership level (see below). Feel free to drop your child off and pick them up when they're ready!

Membership Levels:

Note: all memberships require a $35 yearly registration fee

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Gray Level Membership - $30

This membership provides 3 Playground Hours per month. Additional hours are billed at $10 per hour.

Note: Included in all memberships:

  • Homework help (available daily from 5-6pm)
  • Access to monthly makerspace projects
  • 10% discount on birthday party packages (coming soon)
  • Fun, creative learning environment 

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Blue Level Membership - $45

This membership provides 5 Playground Hours per month. Additional hours are billed at $9 per hour.

Note: Included in all memberships:

  • Homework help (available daily from 5-6pm)
  • Access to monthly makerspace projects
  • 10% discount on birthday party packages (coming soon)
  • Fun, creative learning environment 

Orange Level Membership - $80

This membership provides 10 Playground Hours per month. Additional hours are billed at $8 per hour.

Note: Included in all memberships:

  • Homework help (available daily from 5-6pm)
  • Access to monthly makerspace projects
  • 10% discount on birthday party packages (coming soon)
  • Fun, creative learning environment 

Our Staff

The Playground is staffed by college students majoring in STEAM fields such as chemical engineering and biology. They're trained to use all of the machines and serve as mentors to the members. We also employ students from local high schools. 


Upcoming Projects

(Projects are rolled out on a monthly basis. Below is a sampling of future projects.)

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design and create your own chess set

Learn to use Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) software to design and 3D print the pieces to your very own chess set. This project allows you to express your creativity while putting your very own twist on a classic logic and strategy game.

 

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Make Your Own Custom T-shirt

In this project learners design, make, and take their very own custom t-shirt. This project incorporates the Cricut Maker software and machine. The Cricut Maker is a versatile machine that can be used to create not only clothing but jewelry, greeting cards, and much more. This project also incorporates a presentation on the economics of  starting your own clothing company. 

 

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Game of Drones: Piloting

In this project, pilots learn about the physics of flight and the technology that allows them to fly. Learners will also hone their piloting skills on a simulator before being tested with an actual drone through an obstacle course. 

 

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Code Cadets: Intro. to Apple's Swift Playgrounds

Get started with Apple's own programming language, Swift! This project prepares learners to tackle any programming challenge from robotics to websites to iOS apps. They will be tasked with learning basic Swift commands and building their very first game!

 

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Solving the Rubik's Cube

The Rubik's Cube is the perfect tool for exercising one's spatial reasoning, a fundamental skill for scientists and engineers. This project walks you the process for solving the rubik's cube using a proven step-by-step process. Finally, a timed trial will determine your final point total for the project.

Other projects include:

  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

  • 3D Printed Jewelry Design

  • Wearable Electronics, E-Textiles

  • Game of Drones: Building

  • Code Cadets: Droid Programming

  • Introduction to Augmented Reality Gaming

  • Lego Boost Robotics

  • and many more!



Level K: Young Engineerโ€™s Cornucopia (Kindergarten - 2nd Grade)

Drop-ins for non-members are also available.

Level K classes introduce young engineers to the awe-inspiring technology of today. Each class is structured to teach the students about the science behind the technology and give them an opportunity to get โ€œhands-onโ€ with each. Designed with the young learner in mind, Level K sets a solid foundation for deeper exploration in the subsequent learning levels.

Note: Students will receive binders along with weekly hand-outs for each lab. These hand-outs will allow students to deepen their conceptual and technological knowledge and skills.

Topics Covered:

Introduction to Drones

Human Programming

Introduction to Robotics

Posters and Paper Circuitry

Electrical Circuits 2.0

Virtual Reality

Augmented Reality

3D Printing

Many More!