Explore IDEA Space

Imagine 32,000 square feet where imaginations take flight, where the next big ideas are born — and where students of all ages and backgrounds hone the skills they need to build a brighter future. Impossible becomes possible.
A state-of-the-art center for science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) education for all students across Kansas City, IDEA Space is A place where children work alongside each other to learn and grow, regardless of their neighborhood, school district, gender or socioeconomic background.

Construction begins in September 2021 with a target opening date in the spring of 2022.

The reclaimed grocery store will be turned into a world-class learning facility with four key areas; Makerspace, Technology Lab, Fabrication Workshop and Incubation Hub. Each space will have cutting edge tools and technology where students learn to solve problems and to develop real-life solutions.

 

Tim Cowden, President, KC Area Development Council

“Kansas City is recognized as a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship in the Midwest. IDEA Space KC will be a great launching pad to educate the learners, makers and doers of tomorrow.”

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  • Technology Lab

    • Robotics
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Augmented & Virtual Reality
    • Cybersecurity
    • Data Analytics
    • Fintech
    • Software Engineering
    • Machine Learning
    • Video Editing
    • Audio Engineering

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  • Fabrication Workshop

    • Advanced Manufacturing
    • Skilled Trades
    • Metalworking
    • Woodworking
    • Electronics
    • Engineering
    • Finishing
    • Painting

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  • Incubation Hub

    • Entrepreneurial Thinking
    • Research
    • Storyboarding
    • Collaboration
    • Investigation
    • Testing
    • Pitch Development
    • Trademark & Patent Research
    • Business Development

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  • Makerspace

    Engage in:
    • Prototyping
    • 3D Modeling & Printing
    • Textiles
    • Architecture
    • Engineering
    • Digital Fabrication
    To Learn:
    • Design thinking
    • Problem solving
    • Communication
    • Collaboration
    • Creativity
    • Critical thinking

Tools to Succeed

Makerspace

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  • Digital Fabrication

    • Fused deposition modeling
    • 3D printers
    • Large-format 3D printer
    • Laser cutter
  • Textiles

    • Sewing machines 
    • Thread
    • Bobbins
    • Needles
    • Cutting table
    • Measuring tools
    • Specialty scissors
    • Closures
    • Elastic
    • Patterns
    • Pattern paper
    • Chalk wheels
    • Steam iron
  • Robotics

    • Arduino kits
    • Raspberry Pi kits
  • Prototype Development

    • Small consumables: cardboard, foam board, wires, batteries, light bulbs, switches, cardboard tubes, wheels, etc.
    • Large consumables: plywood, acrylic, balsa, chip-board, wood sheets, electric cardboard cutter, etc.
  • Crafting

    • Maker mats
    • Drying rack
    • Heat gun
    • Leather stamping
  • Tool Closet

    • Hand tools
    • Limited power tools
    • Fasteners, adhesives, cutters
  • Safety Items

    • Safety goggles
    • Dust masks
    • Splash goggles
    • Gloves

Fabrication Workshop

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  • Woodworking

    • Miter saw
    • Vertical bandsaw
    • Table saw
    • Drill press
    • Router/router table
    • Wood lathe
    • Bench mill with digital readout
  • Metalworking

    • Metal chop saw
    • Horizontal/vertical bandsaw
    • Metal lathe
    • Sheet metal shear and brake
  • Electrical

    • Soldering irons 
    • Circuitry
    • Magnets
    • AC power supply
    • DC power supply
    • Switches
    • Outlets
    • Computer components
    • Voltage & resistance testing equipment
    • Crimpers
    • Solder sucker
    • Digital multimeters
    • Breadboard wires
    • Motors
    • Sensors
    • Oscilloscope
    • Solar power kits
  • Tool Wall

    • Wall mount with racking system
    • for tools
    • Calipers
    • Hand tools:
    • Handheld power tools
    • Arbor press
  • Advanced Manufacturing

    • CNC router (5x8)
    • Tabletop CNC routers (Qty 2)
    • Tabletop max CNC routers
    • CNC mill
  • Finishing

    • Belt sander
    • Bench grinder
    • Orbital sander
    • Spray room
    • Vacuum former for plastic molding
  • Safety Items

    • Safety goggles
    • Dust masks
    • Ear protection
    • Safety vests
    • Gloves
    • Grounding wires
  • Technology Lab

    • VR headsets and controllers
    • Drones
    • Drone kits
    • Netting
    • General laptops 
    • Gaming quality computers 
    • General desktops 
    • Robotics kits 
    • Gaming systems

Upcoming Activities

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  • Jun
    21

    Create "Sizzle" Video on Your Cell Phone

    Grades 6–11

    Ready to promote yourself or your new project with just your cell phone and video editing software? Now you can! The amazing team at Stellar Image Studios will teach you how to tell your visual story. You'll learn to concept, storyboard, script, record, and edit your sizzle video. The class includes a short-term license for Adobe Premiere video editing software; students can purchase full access at the conclusion of the course. Bring your own cell phone!
  • Jun
    22

    Create "Sizzle" Video on Your Cell Phone

    Grades 6–11

    Ready to promote yourself or your new project with just your cell phone and video editing software? Now you can! The amazing team at Stellar Image Studios will teach you how to tell your visual story. You'll learn to concept, storyboard, script, record, and edit your sizzle video. The class includes a short-term license for Adobe Premiere video editing software; students can purchase full access at the conclusion of the course. Bring your own cell phone!
  • Jun
    23

    Create "Sizzle" Video on Your Cell Phone

    Grades 6–11

    Ready to promote yourself or your new project with just your cell phone and video editing software? Now you can! The amazing team at Stellar Image Studios will teach you how to tell your visual story. You'll learn to concept, storyboard, script, record, and edit your sizzle video. The class includes a short-term license for Adobe Premiere video editing software; students can purchase full access at the conclusion of the course. Bring your own cell phone!
  • Jun
    24

    Create "Sizzle" Video on Your Cell Phone

    Grades 6–11

    Ready to promote yourself or your new project with just your cell phone and video editing software? Now you can! The amazing team at Stellar Image Studios will teach you how to tell your visual story. You'll learn to concept, storyboard, script, record, and edit your sizzle video. The class includes a short-term license for Adobe Premiere video editing software; students can purchase full access at the conclusion of the course. Bring your own cell phone!
  • Jun
    25

    Create "Sizzle" Video on Your Cell Phone

    Grades 6–11

    Ready to promote yourself or your new project with just your cell phone and video editing software? Now you can! The amazing team at Stellar Image Studios will teach you how to tell your visual story. You'll learn to concept, storyboard, script, record, and edit your sizzle video. The class includes a short-term license for Adobe Premiere video editing software; students can purchase full access at the conclusion of the course. Bring your own cell phone!
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