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Idea Factory to 'stir up imagination'

Zoe Greszler • Updated Feb 8, 2019 at 4:53 PM

MILAN — Local residents are invited to get in touch with their inner inventor Saturday. 

The Milan Museum, 10 N. Edison Drive, Milan, will host its second annual Idea Factory workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those in attendance will recreate some of Thomas Edison’s most famous inventions.

All — regardless of age — will be able to learn about circuits, participate in an invention scavenger hunt and create a zoetrope. A zoetrope is a precursor to motion pictures that produces the illusion of motion through a sequence of drawings or pictures.

“Each person will also get a personal invention notebook ... to hopefully stir up imagination,” museum director Ann Basilone-Jones said.

The Idea Factory event was started in February 2018 to correspond with the famous inventor’s birthday, which will be celebrated Monday.

“We’d just got done last year with redesigning and reinstalling the new exhibit, so we wanted to have something like this not just go along with the new exhibit, but promote STEM activities,” Basilone-Jones said “There’s no age limit; adults can do it too because we want it to be for anyone who wants to do and enjoys learning.”

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

Those wishing to attend and participate should call ahead and register by Saturday morning since kits are being made in advance for each person.

The fun continues Sunday when families are invited back for the monthly free tour day from 1 to 5 p.m.

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