Make your spring break far from ordinary with a trip (or two) to the Museum of Science and Industry for a sneak peek of the creative mashup of technology and fashion that will unleash the maker in you.
From an awesome glitter cannon prosthetic to an amazing jet suit, Wired to Wear, the first-ever exhibition dedicated to the future of wearable technology, shows off the possibilities of clothing that will make us healthier, stronger and smarter in the not-too-distant future.
Then, in true MSI spirit, channel all of that inspiration, roll up your sleeves and enter Chicago’s newest hands-on maker experience, Makers United, to build your own piece of wearable technology.
“It’s taking all the best of technology and making it close up and personal,” says Kathleen McCarthy, director of collections and one of the leaders on the Wired to Wear project.
See the endless possibilities of 3D printing just like child maker Jordan Reeves, who was born without the lower part of her left arm. Determined to change attitudes about physical differences, she created the most amazing prosthetic, a glitter cannon made from a 3D printer.
Meet Reeves at Morning, Makers
When: March 23, 8-10 a.m., check-in begins at 7:30 a.m.
Bring the family to enjoy breakfast and hear from one of the creators featured in our newest exhibit, Wired to Wear. Reeves, 13, will share her story about how she used STEM and her own creativity to break the rules in designing her own 3D-printed prosthetic arm – which looks like a unicorn horn and sprays glitter.
Plus, explore Wired to Wear before hours and take part in Makers United, a new workshop where you build your own wearable object.
This event requires a ticket for entry. All ages (Makers United: Recommended age 6+.)
Get tickets at msichicago.org.
Really feel that spidey sense.
Using technology created by Chicagoan Victor Matseevitsi, try on a SpiderSense vest that helps people with low vision navigate their surroundings.
Look to the skies.
We’ve all been imagining personal jet suits forever, so how long will it be before we all get one? Gravity Industries’ Jet Suit moves us so much closer, showing how easy it is to fly.
Yes, you CAN be a maker! At Makers United, facilitators will teach kids, moms, dads and grandparents about circuit building, then everyone gets to build their own wearable LED band. “We want people to get home and keep iterating on what they built so they can understand their own potential to impact the future of wearable technology,” says Manny Juarez, MSI’s director of science and integrated strategies.
If you go
- Opens March 21
- Wired to Wear, sponsored by BMO Harris Bank, and Makers United, sponsored by Arcelor Mittal, requires a timed-entry ticket
- $9 kids 3-11, $12 adults, not included in museum entry
About Museum of Science and Industry
The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI), one of the largest science museums in the world, offers world-class and uniquely interactive experiences that inspire inventive genius and foster curiosity. From groundbreaking and award-winning exhibits that can’t be found anywhere else, to hands-on opportunities that make you the scientist—a visit to MSI is where fun and learning mix.
Visit msichicago.org for more information.