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Tech Creations

Tech Creations Workshop with Tinker Tank

Winter/Spring 2018: iDisasters – a Tech Creations Workshop with Tinker Tank

Earthquakes, fires and floods, oh my! Each year, natural disasters affect a multitude of homes and businesses. Explore what can be done to autonomously protect buildings and land from these disasters in two five-week sessions using an all-in-one board, the Circuit Playground Express, with coding through Microsoft MakeCode. In each session, you will employ your skills with engineering, programming and creativity to come up with your own solution for potential disasters. At the end of each session, take your board and creations to continue problem solving from home!

To learn more about this program, listen to the quick PacSci Podcast below. For questions, call (206) 443-2925 or email edprograms@pacsci.org.


For each session, choose either the Wednesday or Saturday series. We encourage participants to sign up for both sessions to get the most out of the program.

Session 1: Design and build an emergency response simulator that will automatically deploy safeguards around your building.

  • Wednesdays, February 28 – March 28  |  3-6 p.m.
  • Saturdays, March 3 – 31  |  1-4 p.m.

Session 2: Work together to create an emergency response network to address a variety of disasters and improve safety for an entire community.

  • Wednesdays, April 18 – May 16  |  3-6 p.m.
  • Saturdays, April 21 – May 19  |  1-4 p.m.

Program Details

  • Grades: 6-8
  • Cost per session: $300, or $275 for Members
Frequently Asked Questions

When can I pick up and drop off my child?


  • Drop-off: 2:45 – 3:05 p.m.
  • Pick-up: 5:55 – 6:15 p.m.


  • Drop-off: 12:45 – 1:05 p.m.
  • Pick-up: 3:55 – 4:15 p.m.

What is the CPE?
Circuit Playground Express (CPE) is a micro-controller, a circuit board that can be programmed to act in different ways. A Circuit Playground Express is loaded with sensors, lights, and a buzzer so on its own you can program it to react to the environment. It can also be attached to other lights, motors or inputs to expand the possibilities!

What will a participant get out of the program?
Participants will gain hands-on experience in programming, electronic breadboarding, individual and team problem solving, and science communication skills. You also receive your own Circuit Playground Express, as well as the physical set that you have built to simulate disasters.

Is it possible to take only one session?
Yes! Each session can be taken on its own, though we encourage attending both sessions to get the most out of the topics.

How much coding and programming experience is required?
None! The primary way we will be coding is with a drag-and-drop language called MakeCode. If you have never coded before, fantastic, this will be a great introduction and a good opportunity to learn new skills. If you have experience, great, MakeCode lets you get even more complicated by creating more complex interactions or switching languages to open up more possibilities

What is Tinker Tank?
Tinker Tank is an exhibit space at Pacific Science Center dedicated to open-ended exploration and creative problem solving. You can regularly visit Tinker Tank and experience different activities all getting you involved in one thing…tinkering! Tinker Tank’s mindset of open-ended exploration to learn new skills will be how we approach designing and making during Tech Creations. We will visit Tinker Tank to try out some of their electronics and programming activities, and continue the open-ended exploration as we experiment and tinker towards a solution to the overall challenge.

Is there a difference between the Wednesday and Saturday sessions?
No, there is no difference between the sessions; each will have the same content.

Do you offer refunds for cancellations?

Unfortunately, no refunds will be given for cancellations from Tech Creations. We reserve the right to cancel a session if enrollment is insufficient and will contact registrant for a full refund. We will notify registrant at least 48 hours prior to the event start time.

Do you have a question not answered here? Call (206) 443-2925 or email edprograms@pacsci.org.