Kicking off in July, The Neon Museum will host STEAM Saturdays on the second Saturday of every month. The new program will host fun and hands-on activities, presentations and demonstrations designed to promote creative and critical thinking.
The inaugural STEAM Saturday, taking place July 9 from 10 a.m. to noon (weather permitting), is entitled Bending in the Neon Boneyard. This session focuses on the art and science of neon glass bending. Attendees will be able to take part in the bending process with a hands-on pipe cleaner activity, creating a mini “neon” sculpture to take home.
Then, on August 13, families can enjoy Illuminated Animation, spotlighting the art and science of animation. Participants will learn about animated signs in the Neon Boneyard and even create their own thaumatrope.
“The Neon Museum is well-known for telling the history of Las Vegas through its iconic neon signs, but the collection can also provide a unique and fun way to offer STEAM-based education to children in the Las Vegas valley,” says Aaron Berger, executive director of The Neon Museum, in a press release. “The museum is continually working to expand its educational programming, and I know STEAM Saturdays will inspire children, as well as their parents, to look at our neon signs in a totally different way with a greater appreciation for their artistic beauty and a better understanding of the science behind their creation.”
Tickets for STEAM Saturdays are $5 for attendees ages 7 and up; children ages 6 or younger are free to attend. Museum members can attend for free, and discounts are available for those who qualify for the Museums for All program with a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card.
To learn more and for advance registration for STEAM Saturdays, visit www.neonmuseum.org.