Toledo Science Center d.b.a. Imagination Station
What is more motivating than a challenge? Imagination Station uses open-ended engineering challenges to boost persistence and build creative problem-solving skills in Failure is an Opportunity! The program provides teachers with the resources and professional development they need to create a learning environment that allows participating fifth-graders to succeed. Student program components (classroom workshop, classroom balloon car activity, Challenge Day field trip, and Structures Science Festival) are layered for impact. For example, the Engineering Design workshop highlights the benefit of diagramming a design before construction, and students apply this process when they move on to the more open-ended Innovation Challenge.