STEAMPoweredSaturdayDoodleBotsEVERY FIRST SATURDAY children ages 4-12 and their families are invited to join us for a FREE hands-on project. Brought to you through the generous support of Albany Society of Engineers Foundation, these mind-expanding projects help children discover creative play through science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics.

Past projects have included:

  • Make-Your-Own Kaleidescopes
  • Noodle Doodle Bots
  • Circuit Bugs
  • The Egg Drop Challenge
  • Paint Pendulums
  • Pixel Art
  • Magnetic Slime

To find out what is coming up next, visit our Calendar of Events or our THINQubator Facebook page.

Participation in STEAM-Powered Saturday activities is open to the general pubic and does not require advance registration. Children must be accompanied by an adult who will work with them on the project provided.


PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19, We have moved STEAM-Powered Saturday to a virtual platform for the time being. Video tutorials and project guides will be posted on our THINQubator Facebook page at 12pm on the following dates, as well as on this page. As of December 2020, free project supply kits are available for pickup at Bard and Baker Board Game Cafe in Troy, NY. Supply kits are available starting on the video premiere date, and for the duration of the month, or until supplies run out.

We are still considering what summer 2021 will look like for our children's programming and we want your input! Please take this poll and let us know if you want STEAM-Powered Saturday to stay virtual or head back in person! Please submit your answers by May 15, 2021.

Coming May 1, 2021- Troja Est Open!

Join us on Saturday, May 1 from 10am-1pm for a safely social-distanced, in-person activity, located outside on Broadway in downtown Troy, across from TVCOG. The activity will feature miniature, 3-dimensional laser-cut wooden Trojan horses for children to assemble, decorate and take home. The “STEAM-Powered Saturday: Troja Est Open” event will also feature a battle robots demonstration!
We will also have a virtual component premiering at noon on May 1. The “Virtual STEAM-Powered Saturday: 3D Design” video will explore the applications and intricacies of 3D design! The video will take you behind the scenes of the designing and laser cutting process for the Trojan horses made for “STEAM-Powered Saturday: Troja Est Open!” Then we will walk you through creating your very own 3D design project using TinkerCad, a free online software.
Trojan horse project kits will be available throughout the month for pickup at Bard & Baker Board Game Cafe for those who are not able to attend the Troja Est Open event.
Masks and social distancing are required at the in-person event. Attendees will be asked to provide their contact tracing information, as per NYS outdoor event regulations.

April 3, 2021- Exploring Plants and Seeds

Click here for the project guide and here for the video.

March 6, 2021- DIY Kaleidoscopes

Click here for the project guide and here for the video.

February 6, 2021- Light Up Valentines

Click here for the project guide and here for the video.

January 2, 2021- DIY Mini Catapults

Click here for the project guide and here for the video.

December 5, 2020- Spirographs

This project had special accompanying kits available for pickup in downtown Troy. You can find the project guide here and the video here.

November 14, 2020- Exploring Nature: Collecting Shells and Fossils*

Check out the worksheet here and the video here.

October 3, 2020- Pepper's Ghost Illusion

Click here for the project guide and here for the accompanying angles guide

September 5, 2020- Solar Oven S'mores

Click here for the project guide

August, 2020- Kitchen Chemistry Pt. 2: Ph Scale

Click here for the project guide, and here for the video.

July 4, 2020- Secret Spy Messages

Click here for the project guide, here for the decoder template, and here for the video.

May 2, 2020- Kitchen Chemistry Pt. 1: Chromatography

Click here for the project guide, and here for the video.

April 11, 2020- The Science of Rainbows

Click here for the project guide, and here for the video.


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Our virtual programming is brought to you with additional support from GE Healthcare and Agora Media.