Digital to Tangible: Exploring how the digital and physical worlds intersect through Chicago’s making, hacking and fabrication spaces.

Steven Beasley, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, USA

From education to fabrication, we'll take you on a day-long tour exploring how our ideas, often starting in pixels and polygons becomes real, tangible objects and spaces. We'll explore the behind-the-scenes design and development of a 26,000 sf exhibit featuring a 40-foot tornado, participate in a hands-on Fab Lab workshop, visit Chicago's biggest hackerspace, and see the inner workings of one a fabrication studio. We'll end the trip with a tour of a local craft brewery... and maybe a couple of beers.

10:00 a.m.: Meet in front of the Palmer House hotel, board a bus for a quick trip down to the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

10:30 a.m.: Private behind-the-scenes tour of the making of Science Storms, a 26,000 sf exhibit featuring some of the largest and most complex indoor recreations of natural phenomena.

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Lunch

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Tour of MSI's Fab Lab, a state-of-the-art digital fabrication laboratory and hands-on design and fabrication workshop.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Tour of Pumping Station: One, Chicago's largest and most active hackerspace.

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Tour of Ravenswood Studio, a 60,000-square-foot design and fabrication studio.

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Tour and tasting at Begyle Brewing, a craft brewery in Chicago's Ravenswood neighborhood, then head back to the hotel at 6:30 p.m.

Lunch @ MSI $12/pp
Tour @ Begyle: $15/pp
All other costs complimentary