Indiana has a long history of innovation, and you can immerse yourself in it at Create.Connect, an indoor exhibit that encourages hands-on play and plenty of exploration. Experiment with the effects of wind while trying to get an airplane aloft, design your own invention, build a real working windmill and learn about John Wise and his 1859 balloon voyage! There's so much to discover about how science, technology, engineering, and math fit into Indiana's rich past.
STEM Activities for Kids at Conner Prairie
Invent Something New
Grab a handful of pieces and parts to assemble your own invention, then step into a 1950s patent agency where you can polish your finished product. Who knows what you’ll create!
Harness the Power
Create electrical circuits and a real working radio as you help bring power to rural areas.
Take to the Sky
Join early Hoosier aviators in their 1910 quest to create a flying machine. Experiment with wing shapes and wind speed and fly a model airplane in a wind tunnel!
Build a Windmill
Check out the 30-foot-tall 1890s Flint & Walling windmill, then make your own small windmill and test how much wind power you can generate.
One Thing Leads to Another
Learn about physics by using simple machines like a swinging hammer, pulleys and more to move a ball from start to finish.
The Science is Simple We're Counting on You!
Create. Connect. is an experience area that will serve as a model for museums all over the country. Innovation comes at a price — we subsidize 60% of each guest visit. Your donations in this area help provide updated supplies and new experiences.