Educators’ Night at Thinkery

You’re invited, educators! Mix, mingle and kick off the 2018–19 school year at Thinkery Educators’ Night in collaboration with Austin Museum Partnership. Educators’ Night features opportunities for educators to play in our galleries, connect with colleagues, discover other local museums, and learn more about our hands-on, STEAM-focused educational programs and resources.

Wear your school spirit and come ready to play! School teachers, administrative staff, and informal educators are all welcome to attend this FREE event. Ready for refreshments, door prizes, and tons of fun? Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 11 from 6–8:30 pm.

Preview some of our amazing programming for you (and your students!):

School Programs: Immersive. Innovative. Fun! Want to explore Thinkery with your students? Learn more about our unique school programs today.

Makey Makey Olympics: Come get active! Complete a circuit using our giant Makey Makey controllers to play Scratch versions of different Olympic sports.

Makey Makey “Rock” Band: Time to rock out! Our DIY guitars use a Makey Makey & Scratch code to turn conductive rocks & minerals into digital instruments.

Thinkery Professional Development: Make learning and fun go hand-in-hand. Thinkery provides educators across Central Texas with professional development programs to help you teach students through education and play.

Camps: Help bring STEAM to life with our innovative camp experiences. Students and educators play, discover, and create side-by-side! Are you ready for Thinkery Camps?

Marble Run Design Challenge: Engineer a solution to a real-world problem using various materials to help you build & refine a working model.

Linkages: Tinker with our tabletop pegboard sets to explore mechanics & movement. Can you create a moving contraption or a dynamic character?

Cardboard Costumes: Unleash your inner costume designer: use cardboard and simple tools to transform yourself! Optional: rock the runway at our 8:00 PM cardboard costume runway show.

Shadow Play: Get inspired to dust off your overhead projector! Explore materials, colors, and light as you create shadow puppets, settings, and props.

Tell Us a Story! Explore stop-motion: animate the triumphant story of a butterfly’s metamorphosis… or the tragedy of the division of an even number by 3. Or, write your own original screenplay!

Program A Bot– Your wish is their command! Learn how to speak two different robot programming languages as you tackle coding challenges.

United Way: The United Way for Greater Austin will provide information about our 2-1-1 Navigation Center that helps connect families resources to meet immediate needs, as well as resources for educators to share with families with young children to support optimal school readiness

KLRU: Bring the World to Your Classroom with PBS Learning Media! KLRU and PBS have curated, FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for PreK to 12 teachers!

Want a party favor? Want to win some of our favorite equipment and tools? To enter the giveaway, complete your scavenger hunt and turn it in to a Thinkery staff member.

Enter our two contests for the chance to win more fun prizes!

Campus Roll Call: Recruit your squad and wear your campus spirit! The campus with the largest representation at Educators’ Night will receive complimentary popcorn and drink coupons from Alamo Drafthouse.

Cardboard Costume Runway Show: (Optional) Rock the runway in your cardboard costume… or come vote for your favorite designer! Show begins at 8:00 PM.