Thinking Back: Our Favorite Moments and Memories from 2016
December 28, 2016 by admin
2016 was a “super” year at Thinkery!
As we reflect on a truly wonderful year here at Thinkery, we are overwhelmed with gratitude. We are so thankful for you—our Members, our visitors and our friends. Thank you for making us a part of your family this year.
To celebrate, here are some of our favorite moments and memories from 2016.
We kicked off 2016 with our sold-out Thinkery21: Super Powers! Science Facts, Fantasy & Fiction on January 14.
We kept the hits comin’ at our super cool Family Night: Get Super Powered! on January 15.
Love was in the air in February! Whole Foods Market joined us for our February Thinkery 21.
Our VolunTeen cohorts created vision boards after reflecting on their personal futures, strengths and goals. So inspiring!
During SXSW, Capital One hosted us at the Capital One House at Antone’s. Thinkery guests made 3-D vegetable heads using fresh produce while exploring Ozobots.
Spring break Thinkery Camps were a blast!
We partnered with Amazon Music to present Think About Music, an official SXSW event jam-packed with live music and activities led by singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb.
Nano Days—a celebration of the smallest science—was a complete success thanks to our dedicated volunteers.
Thinkery21: Come to Your Senses explored the science behind each of our five senses.
Brick enthusiasts went bananas for our 2nd Annual Bricks & Blocks Bonanza on April 8.
April 10–16 was National Volunteer Week. We loved celebrating our incredible volunteers, VolunTeens and interns!
On April 16, Thinkery Members and friends painted ceramic fish tiles for The Domain’s new Nordstrom. And the best part? All proceeds from our painting party benefited Thinkery!
We added our brand-new Bernoulli Blower in April!
Thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, we expanded our EdExchange program into several branches of the Austin Public Library system. In May, local librarians attended EdExchange training at Thinkery to prepare for Teen STEAM’s launch.
Everyone loved constructing electric canjos out of recycled cans and guitar strings at Maker Faire Austin. Our booth was a Staff Pick!
On May 14, National Instruments celebrated 40 years in Austin with #NIBirthday, a special birthday party here at Thinkery.
Our end-of-year EdExchange Showcase on May 24 highlighted the amazing work of our 2015–2016 EdExchange program participants and their students.
Southwestern University’s John Ross, PhD created cool soap bubble surfaces at Thinkery21: Strength in Numbers.
Our creative and collaborative Think Labs debuted June 4.
What a fun summer! Thinkery Camps kicked off June 6 with Once Upon a Design.
We launched our summertime Teen STEAM collaboration with Austin Public Library on June 15.
National Week of Making was June 17–23. From screenprinting to robotics to papercraft, it was a wild week of maker madness!
In Tell Me a Story: Process & Tools to Create, our Summer EdExchange program participants explored digital storytelling.
Our weekly Community Nights were very popular in 2016. We loved hanging out with H-E-Buddy and Bacchus!
We love this photo from Instagram follower @kirstjen’s July visit to Thinkery! Share your family’s experience using #ThinkeryATX.
We spent our summer “Knitting Around” in Design Yard!
In our final Summer EdExchange workshop of 2016, The Way Things Go: Mechanics & Movement, participants tackled puppetry, automata, Rube Goldberg contraptions and take apart toys.
A Member Morning to remember! On August 7, Thinkery Members were treated to tasty Hat Creek Burger Co. breakfast tacos and delicious Cuvee Coffee.
Our August 23 Volunteer Recognition Event was a special opportunity to thank those who share their time and talents with Thinkery.
Mmm, cheese! Antonelli’s Cheese Shop joined us August 25 for Thinkery21: Transformations.
Happy birthday! Our first batch of Hatch the Chicken chicks began pipping on August 29.
On September 7, we kicked off our 2016–2017 EdExchange cohort.
Our first-ever Grandparents Day was a sweet, special way to spend time with loved ones.
IMAGINARIUM 2016 was a HUGE success! On September 16, Thinkery raised more than $500,000 through sponsorships and night-of fundraising. We’re still GLOWING!
We love participating in Austin Museum Day every year, and this year was no exception! Visitor Ryan Browne spotted Google co-founder and Alphabet CEO Larry Page enjoying #MuseumDay2016 at Thinkery and snapped this pic.
In October, we introduced our brand-new membership levels, benefits and payment plans. We’re thrilled to offer more options to fit your family’s needs!
The ceramic fish tiles painted by Thinkery Members and friends were unveiled at a special party at the new Nordstrom in The Domain. What an honor!
We kicked off our new Little Thinkers Club program in October with two fun series—Art Start: Nature as Our Canvas and Tinkering Tots: Make It Move.
On October 15, we partnered with POP Austin for ThinkPOP, an intimate evening of music, drinks and interactive art. Special thanks to Danneel and Jensen Ackles for their generous support!
Director of Education Dr. Robin Gose attended and spoke at the Dell EMC World conference in October.
When the entire museum turns into an interactive puzzle, everyone has a great time. And as you can imagine, Thinkery21: Inheritance Hunt – The Tequila Fortune was a huge hit.
What a hoot! Our sold-out Family Night: Halloween Hootenanny on October 28 was a kooky way to celebrate the spookiest season of ‘em all.
Halloween fun at Thinkery!
Our VolunTeens had fun making in Space 8!
Our Member Holiday Celebration on November 11 kicked off the holiday season here at Thinkery!
Thanks to a grant from Google for Education, ~3,300 students from 25+ Austin ISD and Austin-area charter schools visited Thinkery in November for FREE. To celebrate this three-week partnership and project, we hosted a special Google Field Trip Days event on November 18.
We had some fun playing and learning, too!
‘Twas the season! Thinkery21: JingleBooze was a holly, jolly exploration of seasonal art and science.
Our popular Gingerbread Workshops were a fun and festive way for friends and families to design, build and decorate gingerbread houses.